Travis, Mattea Lose Record Deals

As Nashville’s music community toasts and touts its own this week at The 34th Annual CMA Awards, two of country music’s most celebrated artists find themselves without recording contracts. Randy Travis, one of the most awarded artists of the 1980s and early 1990s, has parted ways with DreamWorks Nashville after disappointing sales of last year’s A Man Ain’t Made of Stone. The five-time CMA winner will release his first gospel effort, Inspirational Journey, through his previous label, Warner Brothers, on Oct. 31. Kathy Mattea, four-time CMA winner and 1990 Entertainer of the Year nominee, has likewise parted ways with Mercury Nashville. Mattea has called the label home since her 1986 debut, Walk the Way the Wind Blows.