Randy Travis announces appearance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium

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Randy Travis, whose latest single, "Where That Came From," just debuted at No. 45 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart countdown, will appear in concert at Ryman Auditorium on June 5, 2024.

Because of the 2013 stroke that left him with aphasia, Travis will not perform himself. Similar to his AI-assisted performance for "Where That Came From," his friend and longtime touring partner James Dupré will assume the microphone and perform alongside the original Randy Travis Band to play all 16 of Travis' number ones, including "On The Other Hand," "Forever and Ever, Amen," and "Three Wooden Crosses."

James Dupré will perform Randy Travis' 16 number one hits at the Ryman Auditorium on June 5, 2024
James Dupré will perform Randy Travis' 16 number one hits at the Ryman Auditorium on June 5, 2024

The Country Music Hall of Famer and his wife, Mary, will appear onstage throughout the show to engage with fans and the band.

The performance is one of nearly a dozen scheduled appearances Travis will make nationwide throughout 2024.

Tickets go on presale on May 16 at 10 a.m., and public tickets will be available on May 17 at 10 a.m. via https://www.ryman.com.

How was 'Where That Came From' created?

In 2023, Cris Lacy, Warner Music Nashville co-chair and co-president, believed that a positive result of artificial intelligence's recent surge of influence in the music industry would be giving Travis his voice back.

Kyle Lehning and Randy Travis at console during AI re-recording of Travis' new release “Where That Came From”
Kyle Lehning and Randy Travis at console during AI re-recording of Travis' new release “Where That Came From”

Travis' longtime producer, Kyle Lehning, decided that "Where That Came From," an unreleased ballad written by Scotty Emerick and John Scott Sherrill and initially recorded by Dupré, was best.

Lehning and Travis spent months working, millisecond by millisecond, on every note of "Where That Came From," blending human touches with artificial intelligence to create a uniquely authentic work.

"It's not about how it sounds. It's about how it feels," Lehning stated in a CBS feature.

"Randy, I remember watching him when he first heard the song after it was completed. It was beautiful because, at first, he was surprised, and then he was very reflective and listening and studying," said Travis' wife, Mary Davis.

"And then he put his head down and his eyes were a little watery. I think he went through every emotion there was, in those three minutes of just hearing his voice again."

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Randy Travis announces tour, Nashville appearance at Ryman Auditorium