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Randy Travis At The Horseshoe Riverdome

September 23, 2011
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Randy Bruce Traywick was the second of six children. His father Harold, raised turkeys, bred horses, and ran a construction business, and his mother Bobbie, worked in a textile plant. Randy’s father always wanted him to become a country singer, filling the house with the sounds of Hank Williams and Stonewall Jackson albums.

Harold bought his four sons western outfits and guitars, and promoted them locally as the Traywick Brothers. By the time Randy was ten years old, he and his brother, Ricky, had their own duo, playing throughout the South at fiddler’s conventions, private parties, VFW halls and anywhere and everywhere they could draw a crowd. Even at his young age Randy’s voice startled people with its resonance. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade, and after that-fast cars, drinking and drugs lead to a series of scrapes with the law.

At age 16, Randy entered a talent show hosted by Country City USA as a soloist. After winning the competition hands down, he was invited by the club owner,

Lib Hatcher, to play regularly at the famed night spot. He then relocated to Charlotte. It was a stint that lasted the better part of five years with Randy first performing on week-ends and eventually full-time. Hatcher took over management of the fledgling singer and in the late 70′s Randy recorded two singles for Paula Records, “Dreamin’” and “She’s My Woman” with Joe Stampley producing.

In 1981 Randy made the move to Nashville, commuting regularly to Charlotte to perform at Country City, USA. He spent most of his time writing songs and getting acquainted with the Nashville scene.

Eventually Hatcher began management of another club, The Nashville Palace, where Randy worked cooking catfish and washing dishes, as well as singing on stage. It wasn’t long before he had developed a following there as well, changing his stage name to Randy Ray. The exposure lead to appearances on Nashville Now and Nashville After Hours. His Nashville popularity grew by increasing word-of-mouth as people touted him as an outstanding newcomer.

In 1983 while performing at the club, Randy recorded his first album independently and called it, “Randy Ray-Live at the Nashville Palace.” The album was mostly sold at the club between shows and is now a collector’s item and out of circulation.

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