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Travis tribute at VBC to feature ‘surprise guests’

HUNTSVILLE – The roster of songwriters and performers for a tribute to Randy Travis at the
Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena includes hitmakers and some of the country music legend’s favorite rising stars.

The show is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 24 and will feature artists singing Travis’ hits. Tickets for “A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis – 1 Night, 1 Place, 1 Time” are available at the VBC box office or online at ticketmaster.com. Individual ticket prices range from $79-$1,059. The event is sponsored by Outback.

The night’s lineup includes Aaron Lewis, Ben Haggard, Craig Campbell, Darryl Worley, David
Nail, Dennis Quaid, Jacob Tolliver, James Dupré, Jamie O’Neal, Jerrod Niemann, John Berry,
Lee Roy Parnell, Lorrie Morgan, Shenandoah, T. Graham Brown, Taylor Hicks, Thompson
Square, Tony Jackson, Grand Ole Opry Members, The Original Randy Travis Band and
surprise guests.

(Randy Travis/Facebook)

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Randy Travis Foundation. The foundation is focused on stroke and aphasia awareness and supporting music education in schools.

Travis had a major stroke in 2013, his wife Mary talked about his health. He was told he had aphasia, which is damage to the brain that makes it hard to understand or use words and have trouble speaking.

(T. Graham Brown/Facebook)

In an interview that can be found on YouTube, and with the help of his wife Mary, Travis said the the tribute means, “A lot.”

Mary said during the online piece she wants her husband to know “that he made the music he did and that it still sounds good. And then to have tributes to you when you can’t sing the music, but someone else will step in for you, and some of the great artists who do step in say, ‘Hey, I want to be one of those who sing your music,’ even though they have a whole collection of their own music.

“But it’s like, ‘I just want to spend this time and energy singing your songs because they changed my life.’ ”

Travis is one of the biggest country stars of all time. He has won seven Grammys, 11 CMAs
and 10 ACMs. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

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