Why Randy Travis Didn’t Want to Hear His Own Songs for Eight Months

His Wife Shares How He is Now Singing a "Different Type of Song"

In 2013, Randy Travis had viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke.

And once he was finally released from the hospital, he had to spend weeks in a rehab facility.

And once he was finally able to go home with his significant other, Mary (now his wife), she tried to play him some of his music from his 35 years as a country star during their car ride home. But he wouldn’t hear of it.

In a new Cowboys & Indians interview with Travis and his wife, together they tell the story of what has and hasn’t worked for him throughout his recovery.

“It was too much. It took him a while,” Mary says during the interview at their ranch outside of Tioga, Texas. But finally, when Travis was about eight months post-stroke, he was willing to listen to his songs. First up was “He Walked on Water,” Travis’ 1990 ballad from the pen of songwriter Allen Shamblin.

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