Randy Travis, the man and his music was lauded Wednesday night during an all-star tribute to the Country Music Hall of Famer at Bridgestone Arena. Mayor Megan Berry kicked off the evening by declaring Feb. 8, 2017, Randy Travis Day. Over the course of the show, Travis’ band backed the more than 30-artist lineup that included Garth Brooks, Chris Young, Josh Turner, Scotty McCreery, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Chris Janson, Kenny Rogers, Michael Ray, William Michael Morgan and Alabama. With a few exceptions, everyone sang Travis’ hits. (Kenny Rogers sang “Love Lifted Me” and “The Gambler”, and Alabama was joined by a choir for “Angels Among Us.”)
During the show, Travis’ longtime label, Warner Music Nashville surprised the singer with a career achievement award in recognition of more than 25 million albums sold, 22 No. 1 hits and six No. 1 albums, worldwide.