Country Star Randy Travis graces Glens Falls for an Intimate Afternoon

On Saturday, audiences in Glens Falls were treated to an intimate afternoon with country music legend and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Randy Travis. In his Up Close and Personal interview-performance series, our own local and well-recognized radio personality, Kevin Richards of 100.9 The Cat and 97.9 Big Country, was the host and emcee of this dialogue. 

There were two sold-out conversations (of which I attended the first one) with Randy and his wife, Mary Davis, offering a deep look into the life and discography of the legend. Assuming both shows followed the same format, we were led in a Randy Travis sing-a-long by Richie Phillips and Mark Pierre as a warm-up. They made us laugh with “Puttin’ Up Cones,” a cheeky parody of Travis’s hit “Diggin’ Up Bones, ” which took aim at DOT. “Yeah, I’m sitting on the Northway / In a slow construction zone / DOT cousin’ the traffic / puttin’ up cones.” (I don’t remember the actual lyrics they used, but you get the jist.)

In 2013, Travis suffered a massive stroke from viral cardiomyopathy. While he was able to relearn how to sing, write, and play, ultimately, he felt his illness had caused too much damage, and sadly retired from singing and playing, which limits his talking. Mary was there by his side to aid in the answer to every question. But together, they conveyed so much of his career, how important their faith was in his recovery, and all the ways they found this struggle a blessing.

To take up some of the musical slack, between slices of the Q&A, New England-based country music duo Martin & Kelly beautifully performed some of his greatest hits while Davis, Travis, and Richard watched from cozy, comfy armchairs stage left. These two are certainly in the right genre, with vocal talents to rival Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley (as she showed by acting as Underwood’s part in “Is it Still Over”) and dressed the part with rhinestone-adorned eyelashes, silver cowboy boots, and floral pattern-stitched suit jackets.

The show was unexpectedly cut in half by the fire alarm going off and the subsequent evacuation into the humidity as we waited for the staff of the GF Fire Department to do a sweep. Never before have I been asked to take a photo of a legend in front of a dumpster as we waited for the all-clear, but here we are. But we were back in the cool air shortly, and we all had a laugh and were grateful to the amazing staff of the Wood Theater who made sure we evacuated smoothly. We had just as nice of a laugh as we watched Travis’ old Coca-Cola commercial from the start of the 1990s.

Most important to them were the talks of their new foundation, the Randy Travis Foundation, with a goal of raising awareness of viral cardiomyopathy, working with organizations for stroke rehabilitation, and providing music & arts enrichment opportunities for children. A surprise check of $5,000 from an anonymous donor was presented to them, and the appreciation that Mary and Randy felt cannot be understated. They were clearly and rightfully emotional at this benevolent gesture. 

To close out the afternoon, we were treated to hearing Randy sing and lead us in Amazing Grace, a fitting end to an afternoon of quality country music and conversation. 

  1. Linda mcafee says

    Sort to hear about randy Travis met him at Macys when he and his wife stopped with my friend patty case who worked at channel 6 who was sponsored his his concert went to concert with patty excellent concert so proud to have met him god bless and get well soon

  2. Anna Harris says

    I Love Randy Travis! He is one of the All Time Greats in Country Music ! As far as I’m concerned he is Unstoppable! I feel that he has Country Music 🎵 Always in his Heart and in his Soul , Forever and Ever Amen 🙏 ! May God Bless You Randy , Love You !

  3. Anna Harris says

    As far as I’m concerned, Randy Travis is one of the Greatest Country Music Singers of all time! I Love his music 🎶! May God Bless You Always!

  4. Yvonne says

    What a voice God gave this man, I put him up there with Elvis, you know their voice at a drop of a dime. I’d love to hear him sing again. So nice he’s making appearances for the awareness of stroke victims. My mom had one an passed in 65, my sister in 2005 she lost the ability to speak other languages, her English is totally mixed up. Randy, May God continue to work threw you. Your music will always open doors n hearts.

  5. Charlie Ray says

    You and your late friend George are my all time absolute favorite artist to date! As a musician and performer I have followed you as far back as I can remember, and will keep following you! Keep your head up you got this!

  6. Cheryl prokes says

    I love your singing you have a beautiful voice it is so uplifting. I love the song Three wooden crosses. I admire the work you’re doing for stroke victims. I have had several strokes and I know what a struggle it is may God bless you and keep up your good work

  7. Randy Lyall says

    I’ve fallowed Randy Travis for years, since back in the 90’s with
    My oldest son singing along with him on the Radio!!
    He’ll always have my devotion for his SOULFUL MUSIC HE SINGS!!!

  8. Bobbi says

    Recovering from a stroke myself and Randy if I could get myself out of that wheelchair,fight to get stronger and get my CDL back I have all kinds of understanding, but God gave you that magic voice and your fans are all behind you. Honey,you got this,just go for it.Even good old Willie makes a few mistakes and he wrote the song himself. I’m a Humboldt raised old lady that would drive a few hundred miles to see you in a small town concert if you ever get near me,trust me, I’ll be there to share support your voice gave me hope and mere words can’t express my gratitude. Your devoted fan,Bobbi

  9. Lauri says

    Sorry, pray you keep spirits up and always know you are one great person ❤️ singer in country music 🎶 thank you,God bless you all. I love your music, Lauri Mattingly

  10. Margie Gutierrrz says

    I love you Randy Travis and your music for a very long time. You are my favorite country singer. I love most of all your songs. I’ll love you forever Amen.. Sincerely Margie with love❤️🙏🥰😄

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