HONKY-TONK HEROMy husband and I were recently in Texas to visit our son and daughter-in-law and take in the sights. After an evening at the Rodeo in the Stockyards of downtown Fort Worth we left the Cowtown Coliseum and went around the corner to Billy Bob's Texas where we heard Randy Travis was going to perform. When we walked in I was overwhelmed with the noise and flashing lights of pinball machines, the press of people crowded around pool tables and bar stools, and the couples moving on and off the dance floor. The place was enormous! We finally wound our way around to the roped off section where rows of tables were set up in front of the stage. Our tickets were checked and we were escorted to our seats just in time to see Randy Travis and his band take the stage.
Randy was wearing his best "Aw shucks, ya'll" demeanor and that million dollar smile of his as he sang many hits and crowd favorites throughout the evening. Having just appeared on American Idol with Carrie Underwood two days before, Randy related the following story: Two teenage girls met him backstage and said how much they loved seeing him on the show singing Carrie's song, "I Told You So." A young man next in line corrected the girls saying, "I believe that's your song, isn't it Randy?" "Things like that will keep ya humble" Randy declared as he proceeded to sing his song "I Told You So" (originally released in 1988) resulting in a standing ovation.
Among the many songs performed that night, applause resounded for past hits like "Diggin Up Bones," "Three Wooden Crosses," "He Walked On Water," "Deeper Than the Holler," "King of the Road," "On the Other Hand" and the classic, "Forever and Ever, Amen." Randy moved effortlessly from one song to the next, occasionally stopping to embellish with a joke or story.
At the end of the show Travis remained on stage at least 15 minutes signing autographs and shaking the hands of faithful fans who squeezed their way to the front to say thanks for the music.
I'm so glad we had the opportunity to experience Randy Travis in concert at Billy Bob's Texas.