An example of his work with the Avetts from 2012 is this reworking of Travis's 1989 # 1 single "Deeper Than The Holler."
The late George Jones and Travis had a 1990 Top Ten single with "A Few Ole Country Boys." After Jones died in April, Travis and Joe Nichols recorded this tribute, "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum," referring to Jones's original nickname,
Travis's current struggle with viral cardiomyopathy was all too real, given his family's own problems with heart disease.
Making matters worse: confusion about Travis's treatment. It was originally reported he had heart surgery to treat the problem, but things became confused. According to Travis's Nashville publicist, the singer had an electronic assist device implanted, as reported in USA Today. That's a bit different than full-blown cardiac surgery.
This is a seldom-seen, partial 1983 segment of Travis 30 years ago when he called himself "Randy Ray" (real named Randy Bruce Traywick) and worked as a cook at the Nashville Palace as he tried to establish himself. For him, stardom was three years away. This program was from the old Nashville Network. The woman he mentions, Lib Hatcher, ran the Palace at the time and was pushing his career along. She became his manager during his peak years of stardom. They married in 1991, divorced in 2010.
The song: a future Travis standard: "I Told You So," that hit # 1 in 1988, five years after this performance.