In his unique, inimitable style, Randy Travis brought his down-home classic Country music and powerful baritone to Billy Bob's last Saturday night.
I"ve been a big fan for over twenty years, so it was a real treat to see and hear this veteran performer in person.
Playing to a less-than-capacity crowd (more likely due to the economy than any lack of appreciation for Randy's material), Mr. Travis deliverered nothing short of bulls-eye performances with every selection. Unlike many other shows I've been to at Billy Bob's, there were a large number of empty seats. However, there was virtually nowhere to stand near the performance area. Unique to Billy Bob's is the option of standing outside the seating area to hear the concert rather than shelling out the full ticket price for seating. Hundreds of patrons apparently exercised this option to save some money.
Opening the show with "A Better Class of Losers", Randy treated the faithful to an assortment of his classics, some new material and a few standards (Will the Circle be Unbroken, Don't Think Twice, It's Alright) -- and a unique cover of "King of the Road", which developed into a full-fledged sing-along (Roger Miller would be proud).
"Diggin' Up Bones" has the entire audience clapping and singing along for the duration and the first bar of "On the Other Hand" generates an enthusiastic round of applause, while "I Won't Need You Anymore" has every soul in the club joining in for every chorus. (and most of the verses)...
Looking perhaps too thin (I should have that problem) and with all of Randy's nearly 50 years on this earth showing kindly on his face, he gives us a stellar performance. The weeks, months and miles have definitely NOT taken their toll on Randy's golden voice. His rich baritone is as smooth and controlled as ever.
Review by Warren Paul Harris, staff writer
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