A couple of decades back, Randy Travis was like a savior in Nashville, Tenn. His baritone voice, with just a hint of good bourbon on it, made hits of such songs as “Deeper Than the Holler,” “Forever and Ever, Amen” and more. Recent years have been more about trouble then music — even though he managed to escape hijinks during a 2010 trip through Roanoke that included a quick workout at the Gainsboro Family YMCA — but purist old-school country music fans typically remember his name when it’s time to talk about the great ones.
Those fans and others are worried this week, as Travis suffers one setback after another. According to multiple news sources, Travis is in critical condition after surgery in Texas. Travis was hospitalized there for a heart condition that led to a stroke. The surgery was to relieve pressure on the singer’s brain, his publicist told news outlets.
It’s been an awfully long time since Travis actually played the Roanoke Valley — 1992 at Salem Civic Center, according to our files. But the best of his music still has some impact. Feel free to share your thoughts on Travis in the comments section.
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