Randy Travis comes to Fayetteville

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 2:09pm
By: The Citizen

Summer concert series has a country flavor

It will be a special night in Fayetteville this Saturday when Randy Travis brings his big stage show to the Villages Amphitheater.

Few careers have produced as many country classics as Randy Travis. His heartfelt vocals are the envy of his industry. George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson are just a few of the legendary vocalists who have sung with Randy Travis. To date, he has sold more than 21 million records and is one of the ten top-selling solo country artists of all time.

During the past five years, his music has brought him some of the highest accolades of his career, including multiple Grammy Award and Gospel Music Association honors. “Three Wooden Crosses” became a No. 1 smash and was named Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. He was also honored with a 2004 star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Main Street Director, Brian Wismer is expecting large crowds for this A-list performer. “He certainly is the biggest name performer we’ve ever had in Fayetteville, and the phones are ringing pretty steadily for tickets. We’re certainly going to have a packed house for this one,” said Wismer.

Because of the large production involved in putting together this show, Randy and his crew and equipment travel in multiple buses and tractor-trailers. To facilitate these vehicles, the City will be blocking a portion of Tiger Trail next to the Amphitheater. Concertgoers are encouraged to enter the Tiger Trail parking lot from either Hood Avenue or LaFayette Avenue to avoid bottlenecks.

In addition to having a phenomenal recording career, Randy Travis has appeared in many films, TV movies and episodes of dramatic series. His movies include “Black Dog” with Patrick Swayze, “Frank and Jesse” with Rob Lowe and “The Rainmaker” with Matt Damon.. Most recently, he has co-starred in the supernatural dramas “The Visitation” (2006) and “The Wager” (2007). Other series that have cast him as a guest star include “Matlock,” and “King of the Hill.”

In addition to “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses, “ Randy’s hits include “On the Other Hand,” “1982,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “He Walked on Water,” “Look Heart, No Hands” and his self-composed “I Told You So.”

And when the roll is called of the greatest country albums of all time, such Randy Travis collections as Storms of Life, Old 8x10, Always & Forever, High Lonesome, This Is Me and Full Circle will surely be there.

Tickets for reserved seats are $40 in advance and $45 at the door, while lawn seats are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Phone 770-719-4173 or visit www.villagesamphitheater.com for more information.

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