Randy Travis is in good spirits and “he is healing every day,” in the words of Randy’s wife, Mary Davis Travis. Mary and Randy met with selected members of the media, including Nash Country Weekly, following the announcement that Randy would become one of the new inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
As most fans know, Randy suffered a stroke in July of 2013 and has been unable to perform full-time since that event. He has made occasional personal appearances as he continues to undergo therapy. He has difficulty forming words but seems to understand what is being said to him, generally smiling and raising up in his chair whenever a compliment is offered. Mary spoke for Randy and answered questions from the media members.
Addressing Randy’s progress, Mary noted that each day produces a tiny victory. “There is nothing where you wake up one day and go, ‘Oh, I can talk.’ It’s the little things—the extra word, the extra sound, the extra lap we make in rehab,” Mary explained. “It certainly puts life in perspective as far as what we need to focus on.”
Mary added that Randy was pleased to be going into the Hall of Fame with his good friend Charlie Daniels and legendary producer Fred Foster, who both hail from North Carolina, which is Randy’s home state as well. “He’s always been so fond of Charlie Daniels,” Mary said. “There has always just been this big-brother-little-brother feel between the two of them.”
When the North Carolina connection was mentioned, Randy flashed a big smile and nodded toward Mary. “Everyone in the class this year is from North Carolina,” Mary said with a wide smile of her own. “How great is that?”
We at Nash Country Weekly send our best wishes to Randy and Mary for continued success in his recovery.