Randy Travis “More Life” Documentary On The Way
In 2012, producer and director Shaun Silva started working on a made-for-television special about Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis. Little did he know that while the project was ongoing, Randy Travis would go through a series of health issues in 2013 that ultimately resulted in a debilitating stroke, taking away most of Randy’s ability to speak and sing, and almost taking his life.
After the health setback, the TV special was initially shelved. But now Shaun Silva has revitalized the project, chronicling the life and career of Randy Travis leading right up to his stroke, his life after, and his career before. Called More Life, distribution for the film is expected to be announced in early 2022.
One of the features that makes the film remarkable is that it captures Randy Travis in the final moments of his career right before the stroke. Hours of performances and interviews were collected, including the last footage of Randy Travis performing signature hits such as “Deeper Than The Holler,” Diggin’ Up Bones,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” and some of Randy’s last moments before he was impaired by the stroke.
Along with Randy and his wife Mary appearing in the film, Warner Music Nashville executive Martha Sharp who gave Randy his first record deal also makes an appearance. So does Randy’s longtime producer Kyle Lehning, who was on hand at a pre-screening of the film recently at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“When we made the first album, neither of us knew we were going to sell 5 million albums. Forty thousand was my target.” Lehning said in a panel discussion about Randy and the film. He also told the story of the time Travis charted on the pop charts. When he first heard about it, Randy was infuriated, and tried to get his name removed before being told it was only due to the chart cataloging all types of popular music.
“Randy Travis would have rather been a traditional country failure than he would have been a success in any other kind of music,” said Kyle Lehning.
But of course, the bigger focus of the film is the perseverance of Randy through his health issues, from doctors advising Mary in the hospital that they should just let him go, to battling back to continue to represent country music as an elder statesman.
“What he’s achieving right now goes way beyond a career,” said Shaun Silva. “This is the will and strength of a man to get better … It went from a TV music special to a documentary about the toughest man I’ve ever met in my life. That’s the story.”
Rickie Jon Connors
December 19, 2021 @ 3:34 pm
Funny how one of the other stories this weekend involves Dennis Quaid, because I always thought Quaid would be good as the Trav’ in a biopic (especially since Michael Shannon is busy playing George Jones).
ps. Thanks for another great year, Trig.
December 20, 2021 @ 2:53 pm
@rjc–It does not appear that this project is a “biopic” or will have an actor portraying Randy Travis.
December 19, 2021 @ 11:19 pm
“Randy Travis would have rather been a traditional country failure than he would have been a success in any other kind of music”
We need artists like this in mainstream country now more than ever before!
Anyway, as a lifelong fan of Randy’s, I’m really looking forward to this coming out.
Brenda Rollins Hash
December 20, 2021 @ 12:07 pm
I knew Randy s dad, Harold Traywick very well.Yes he was a big guy and kind of hardcore.He would always be at the Bennett Seville horse sale every month.I saw Randy s younger brother s show ing horses for their Dad.He was fair and honest and brought great horses to sell.My brother owned a truck and horse trailer dealer ship.Harold would come up and buy a new horse trailer every 6 months.He always have a driver.Befoe we closed a deal Harold Traywick insisted that have a few shots with him in the office.My brother said Randy sent him the $ for purchase s.I miss seeing Mr. Traywick.Those we’re the good old days.Very sorry to hear of his passing.
December 20, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Brenda, I would like to talk to you about the Traywicks, for Randy’s biography. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 20, 2021 @ 12:09 pm
Oh what a gift it would be to have Randy back Thank you Mary for all you’ve done contributing to his welfare and possible return to his fans. I spoke with Mary once on the phone, and wish I know what I did with the number 🙄🙄 God is good🤗🕊🤗🕊
December 20, 2021 @ 9:28 pm
“Beer is good
And people are crazy.”
December 20, 2021 @ 12:38 pm
I love randy travis singing wishing him the very best of health and happiness
December 21, 2021 @ 5:49 am
Wishing you all the best Randy ,I loved to watch you and George Jones sing together, GOD BLESS YOU
December 21, 2021 @ 8:31 am
One of the best surprises of 2021 is Randy Travis on TikTok. It’s just damn enjoyable.
December 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Can’t wait GOD BLESS YOU RANDY 🙏😇🎅!!!!!
December 21, 2021 @ 1:17 pm
Randy Travis, you are real country music to me, not one of the new country singers can out do you. Singing the way country singers should sign! You have them beat by a long shot 👍 NOW YOU TAKE CARE NOW YOU HEAR 😘
December 21, 2021 @ 1:29 pm
Hay there country boy, my ears are telling me your the one real country music singer we got going on. The new ones can’t come close enough to be country singers. You have country music in your blood, that goes on and on. Thank Goodness for that 🤠 YEAH
Dolores R Guyer
December 21, 2021 @ 6:57 pm
Looking for this documentary …and the date for when it will air. I’ve been a fan of country music my entire life. There have been many amazingly talented artists of the genre throughout history. Few others have touched the heart so strongly as Randy Travis did and still does. Even though his health now prevents him from speaking more than one-word replies. The music that he offered is timeless! To prove that point it was revealed at his 35th Opry celebration, that there have been 1.6 BILLION STREAMS of Randy’s music.
December 21, 2021 @ 8:01 pm
Being told we will have release date and distribution information at some point in the New Year. Some rumors that it will air on The Circle Network.
December 25, 2021 @ 4:32 pm
Randy is the reigning [horseman and] King of true Country music [ask Garth]; and beautiful wife Mary is the heaven-sent, de facto, now eloquent and mellifluous voice of RT! Only God can cast this script! As friends, M&RT have known each other almost 30 years now. Then married after RT’s darkest hour! As if Mary was heaven-sent! Like The Bible, RT’s “More Life” documentary is a great Love Story; fraught with courage and peril! Just when the Vanderbilt doctors said pull the plug…M&RT said the past is prologue! The best is yet to come! Sure it is adeptly produced and director by Shaun Silva; though, no question, EDITED BY GOD! By golly, MORE LIFE must be as much about US, RT’s fans, as it is about The Toughest Man I’ve Ever Met: RT! Keep the faith!