Sunday, March 24, 2013
Randy Travis showed no hint of wacky at Billy Bob’s show
Trouble with the law? It was as if Travis forgot. And so did his fans.
FORT WORTH Considering Randy Travis’ recent run-ins with the law, a fallout at Saturday night’s show would have been the proverbial cherry on top. But instead, he proved to be country strong, and gave a solid set that pretty much said, “What elephant in the room?”
Keeping to the script, Travis didn’t allow for much to stray out of control — namely himself. There were moments when he forgot a lyric or 10, but his fans stuck by his side, cheering on every tune. He played it safe inside the lines and showed that experience and charm will win every time.
He opened with his classic hit “Diggin’ Up Bones,” which set the bar high and immediately wrapped his fans around his fingers. He was accompanied by a crisp band, where every strum and pluck was heard -- and that definitely did not hurt.
Although he never touched on his recent troubles or referred to his respectable performance at the Chris Kyle tribute, the one sorta read-between-the-lines-moment happened early after “Bones,” when he relished in the applause and quipped, “It is so wonderful to be back. This is a special place.” Then the audience gave him some more love.
The audience erupted when Travis cited Roger Miller before playing “King of the Road.” If there was a glorious musical moment of the night, this was it.
Travis loves his anecdotes. So there’s this cowboy and a pastor: Pastor asks why the cowboy showed for church on a rainy day when no one else did. Cowboy responds, “Well, if just one of my cattle showed up, I’d still feed him.” Awww — warm fuzzies! (Of course, there was that weird golf joke about a guy trying to make a perfect shot with the punchline, “Well you’ll never hit her from here,” talking about the other’s wife. The guffaws were disturbing.)
Although he seemed on auto-pilot, he sounded wholeheartedly genuine when he closed with “I’ve held a lot of jobs in my time, but I’ve never done anything I enjoy as much as this.” Then he finished the night appropriately with “Forever and Ever, Amen.”
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