On Sunday night, Randy Travis made a brief and heartfelt appearance at The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Dallas, TX. The singer has been fighting a long battle of substance abuse and recovering from a stroke. What many may be shocked to learn, is that Randy is a newlywed. The singer quietly wed longtime fiancee Mary Davis last month.
After his appearance, Randy took to his website to express his heartfelt gratitude.
It was an extra special night for Joe Nichols when country music legend Randy Travis paid an unexpected visit to his show last Saturday (Nov. 22) at Billy Bob’s Texas in Ft. Worth.
Travis even treated Nichols and family to some good ole’ Texas BBQ. In return, Nichols honored his musical hero with a solo acoustic performance of Travis’ hit “Promises,” a song Nichols performed for the first time ever as Travis watched from side stage.
Last year, Nichols was handpicked by Travis to record the duet “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” a tribute to pair’s country music idol, the legendary George Jones, featured on Travis’ 2013 album release, INFLUENCE VOL. 1: THE MAN I AM.
Randy Travis is making slow progress, according to his fiancee’. Mary Davis tells WFAA-TV Randy is starting to write and has signed guitars with his left hand. She notes, “Randy Travis has a new autograph!”
Randy suffered congestive heart failure last year and then had a stroke. Davis says Randy walked 300 yards without a walking stick this week. She says he struggles with language but when it comes to music, he plays all the chords and knows all the words.
Randy Travis has made a rare public appearance since having a stroke last year. KXII-TV reports Randy and his fiancee’, Mary Davis, showed up to the Four Rivers Outreach fundraising banquet in Denison, Texas, on Thursday.
Randy did not want to speak on camera because he’s still recovering. Davis says Randy is not bedridden anymore and just started walking with a walking stick rather than a cane. She says they feel blessed to be where they are today.
“Every day we go to speech therapy and physical therapy and occupational therapy,” she said. “We’re learning words and phrases; learning to sing. Of course, the music and the songs come easy for him … he’s working on it. He’s got the heart of a warrior, and he doesn’t stop.”
Davis said Travis can talk a little, and has been working hard since suffering a stroke in July 2013.
“He knows that the road ahead of us is long and tedious, but he’s up for the challenge,” she said. “He’s never, never shied away from it… never asked, ‘Why me?'”
Randy suffered congestive heart failure last year and then had a stroke.