Randy Travis has had a very tragic downfall the last few years, one of the harshest in country music I believe, bad sadly it seems common for musicians at his level of success. I’ve become very familiar with Randy as of late since his legal and medical troubles made major headlines in the last three or four years.
Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and 16 of these were number one hits.
Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Randy broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. Travis is well known for his distinctive baritone vocals, delivered in a traditional style that has made him a country music star since the 1980s.
By the mid-1990s, Travis saw a decline in his chart success. In 1997, he changed his musical focus to gospel music. Although the career shift produced only one more number one country hit “Three Wooden Crosses”, Travis went on to earn several Dove awards. In addition to his singing career, Travis pursued an acting career, appearing in numerous films and TV series.
Although the 2000s did produce some minor hits for him, recent years have been marked by legal and medical issues for Randy. The first highly publicized arrest was in February 2012 when he was found in a parked car outside a church in Texas with an open bottle of wine and smelling of alcohol.
Later the same year, state troopers responded to a call that an unclothed man was lying in the road. Travis was found unclothed and smelling of alcohol. The Texas Highway Patrol said that Travis crashed his car in a construction zone, and that when they attempted to apprehend him, he threatened the lives of the troopers. Randy was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated and terroristic threat against a public servant. Just prior to the DUI arrest, Travis allegedly walked into a Tiger Mart convenience store naked, demanding cigarettes from the cashier, who in turn called the authorities. According to the store clerk, Travis left the store upon realizing he did not have any money to pay for the cigarettes. On January 31, 2013, Travis pleaded guilty and received two years probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.
On July 7, 2013, Travis was admitted to a Dallas area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection. His condition was classified as critical. Three days later, he suffered a stroke and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Following his stroke, and despite physical therapy, Travis has been unable to sing or speak and has difficulty walking, having to rely on a cane. As of November 2014, he is slowly recovering, and can walk short distances without assistance and is relearning how to write and play the guitar, according to his fiancée Mary Davis.
Honky Tonk Moon
This Is Me
Gonna Walk That Line