Since a stroke in 2013 took the voice of one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time, Randy Travis has continued to have a presence in music with five album releases involving previously recorded religious numbers, as well as dedications to prior country music, hits from some of the greatest influences in the genre. Last month, Travis has broken any previous notions that new music is out of the question. A brand-new single titled “Fools Love Affair” has been released, which marks the first radio single for Travis in seven years. Though, the story behind this song becoming public was years in the making.
Written by Charlie Monk, Keith Stegall, and Milton Brown in the early 1980s, and recorded by Travis around the same time, “Fools Love Affair” is given an audience after almost 40 years with help from long-time producer Kyle Lehning. A lot of hands went into this project, though Monk is the one to thank for recovering the demo and sending it to Travis’ team after searching through storage specifically to refocus the light upon the country music icon.
All this effort and loyalty paid off, because “Fools Love Affair” is not only a reminder of Travis’ distinctive and influential voice per Rolling Stone but also of the path that the 2016 Country Music Hall of Famer planted in country music.
“It’s a fool’s love affair / And we’re both aware / It’s a game and nobody wins / We can’t reveal the love that we feel / So we’ll just keep it this way til it ends”
Across his career and through these trying years, Travis has consistently acted as an influence and inspiration for fellow country music artists and singer-songwriters. The Grand Ole Opry member, inducted in 1986, has maintained his presence in music with special collections such as ‘The Man I Am’ Vol. 1 and 2., ‘Precious Memories (Worship and Faith)’, and now, “Fools Love Affair”. These projects show the strength and discipline that is engraved in Travis, his team, and devoted colleagues. With them, and his incredible wife Mary, Travis has been able to evolve in a life with aphasia through regular physical therapy sessions while releasing “Fools Love Affair” on the 35th anniversary of his debut radio single “On the Other Hand”.
“Fools Love Affair” seems to be the start of a new era, and his listeners cannot be more intrigued for what the future may hold. Josh Turner has recently announced a soon-to-be-released country classics album titled ‘Country State of Mind’ which will include vocals from Travis on the cover of “Forever and Ever, Amen”.
Travis’ impact on country music has been, and always will be, permanent, and his music, both old and new, will continue to speak for him. Though, with this seemingly timid yet remarkable return, his actions speak for themselves.
“Fool’s Love Affair” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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