Randy Travis Credits Loretta Lynn For His Deep Love of Country Music And Recalls Touring Together

Randy Travis: “We will never have another Loretta Lynn…this world isn’t good enough for two of her.”

Randy Travis will “Always & Forever” have a deep love for the late legend Loretta Lynn. 

The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer passed peacefully on Tuesday (Oct. 4) morning at the age of 90. Following the heartbreaking news, Travis turned to social media to reflect on their relationship and to share how Lynn played a vital role in his artistry.  

The Country Music Hall of Famer recalled the time Lynn took a shot on him when he first moved to music city from Marshville, North Carolina in the ‘80s. He explained that the trailblazer offered him the opening slot on her tour. 

“My roots in country music run deep because of my love and admiration for ‘Ms. Loretta,’” Travis clarified alongside a photo. “She was there in the ‘80s, when I arrived in Nashville, to encourage me and allow me to open for her on tour.”  

Travis pointed out that he joined forces with Lynn in 2013, which ultimately became his last performance before his life-altering stroke. The hitmaker was placed on life support and into an induced coma, as his lungs filled with fluid and his heart was failing. Travis’ redemption story is one to admire, as he overcame the unexpected obstacle. Although the health condition hindered his ability to sing, he remains one of the most prominent voices in the genre. 

“She was there to open for me, in Aurora, IL, in 2013, which unknowingly was my last public concert before my stroke,” his team wrote on his behalf. “The years in between are each gifts wrapped in respect, admiration, awe and love – and we shopped for lots of dresses through those years.” 

While mentioning that they had nicknames for one another, Travis placed his heart on the line by opening up about his internal emotions and the instant sadness he felt when the news broke. 

“Whenever I heard ‘my Randy,’ I knew Loretta was near and her kind, sweet kisses left lipstick memories on my forehead and both cheeks. I wish I could have bottled those kisses and saved them for a day like today, when I learned of her passing,” he recalled. “An emptiness came over me as I reflected on the magnitude of Ms. Loretta’s presence – in the heart and soul of country music, and the entire world – and the void now created,” he added. 

The platinum-selling artist pointed out the pure bliss Lynn brought to the table and the significant mark she left on the country music space. 

“If your path ever crossed with hers, you immediately felt her magic. Loretta and Doolittle ‘Doo’ represented a legacy marriage with six beautiful children as proof…and, a lot of us that Ms. Loretta took under her wing. I think God and my career overlapped with The Queen’s – it’s an honor and a privilege,” he expressed with gratitude. 

Travis’ sincere tribute also addressed Lynn’s family. He thanked them for “sharing” their cherished gem with the world. 

“After 90 years of teaching us how to live and love here on earth, we sing her home to heaven, with grateful hearts,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers follow the precious Lynn family down this road of loss and transition – thank you for sharing Ms. Loretta with us. We will never have another Loretta Lynn…this world isn’t good enough for two of her,” he concluded. 

The queen of country is included on Travis’ 1990 “Heroes & Friends” album. The two tackled “Shopping For Dresses,” which was penned by “Little” Jimmy Dickens and Merle Haggard. The track was first recorded and released by Haggard in 1982. 

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