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Friday, July 30, 2010

Saturday To-Do: Randy Travis

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

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RANDY TRAVIS
8 p.m., Timberwood Amphitheater. $29.99-$49.99

I'd like to propose that Randy Travis has not only one of the greatest voices in country music, but one of the greatest voices in recent music. It's one part rocking-chair Appalachia, one part Tuvan throat singing. A bit froggy, a bit brassy, but always rounded; it's far from typical but worthy of endless repeat. Look no further than his biggest single, "Forever and Ever Amen," and the recent "Faith in You" for the Lefty Frizzell cum Kurt Wagner (of Lambchop) tone. It helps, as well, that Travis has stuck with his traditionalist country sound, not keying into the auto-tuned "pop with a twang" sound that's taken the place of dobros and snare brushes in recent years. All in all, he's one of country music's most beloved defenders, and this is your chance to catch him serenade and strut.

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