If the myriad pop punk lineup at Friday's Warped Tour does not sound like music to your ears, the dulcet tones of Randy Travis just might. A regular on the country music scene for over 30 years, Travis switched his musical focus in the '90s and began pouring himself into gospel music.
According to Billboard.com, the July 2008 release of Around The Bend, Travis' first non-religious album in nearly a decade, peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200, not a bad number considering he was up against the likes of country superstars Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn and Miranda Lambert. And also considering that, like many singers who found success in the '80s, it's rumored he once performed in a mall.
Nearing 50, Travis' pompadour and ducktail are more gray than black and his open smile is framed by a few more wrinkles, but his signature voice is much like it was over 20 years ago. You can hear him talk about his humble beginnings, life on the road and inspiration for Around the Bend in a cool interview at amazon.com/Around-Bend-Randy-Travis.
Travis' appearance this Friday marks the last of the successful Idaho Botanical Garden's Outlaw Field Concert Series. It's also an opportunity for more mature fans who may have dropped their kids off at the Idaho Center earlier in the day for the Warped Tour, to sit back and enjoy a living sometimes-country legend.
August 8, 7 p.m., $35-$50. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.