Randy Travis fans are in for a musical treat as a new tour featuring Travis’ legendary songs kicks off in October. “The Music of Randy Travis Tour” features young artist James Dupre performing Travis’ iconic No. 1 hits, backed by Travis’ longtime touring band. The tour will travel to 12 cities and includes a stop at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, October 28th.
Travis, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, suffered a stroke in 2013 and continues to improve in his speech and mobility. He will not perform at the shows but will make special appearances at each stop. His wife Mary Davis made the tour announcement with her husband by her side at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Wednesday (Sept. 4), expressing considerable enthusiasm for the project.
“We are excited to be bringing back the music of Randy Travis and getting to spend time with the fans that we have grown to love over the years,” she said. Davis added that Dupre, an up-and-coming country talent, is the perfect choice to take Travis’ music to the fans. Dupre starred with Travis in the movie The Price, playing the son of a country singer portrayed by Travis. “The first day we were on set, that was our first encounter [with Dupre],” Davis recalled. “We just became very dear friends. If you listen to James’ delivery, he has kind of the same tone, the same demeanor [as Travis]. He was a natural as a stand-in for Randy. It’ll be a treat. We want the tour to be a lot of fun, and we want it to be a family affair.”
Dupre showed his traditional chops as he performed Travis’ 1986 No. 1 smash, “Diggin’ Up Bones.” Dupre declared, “I’m excited and honored to be here. I think it’s still important for people to hear [Travis’] music.”
For more information on “The Music of Randy Travis Tour,” please visit randytravis.com.