Today (May 4) is Randy Travis’ birthday. To celebrate his career, let’s take a look back on one of his best duets with none other than country legend George Jones.
In 1991, Randy Travis was one of the brightest new stars in country music. During this time, artists like Travis, Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless were bringing back the traditional country sound that Jones had spearheaded decades earlier.
Jones’ music was a huge influence on Travis, who was inspired to begin his career and leave behind a life of crime at a young age. Once Travis hit it big, he befriended Jones and began a relationship that would last until the Possum’s death in 2013.
In the early 1990’s, their friendship spawned many collaborations, including “A Few Ole Country Boys.” The track, which was featured on Travis’ 1990 duet album Heroes & Friends, raced up the country charts. It’s a fitting choice for the pair, who voice their support for the return of more traditional country music coming back into the genre’s mainstream through the song’s cleverly written lyrics.
“I’ve got to say that feeling is the best that I have found,” Jones croons with a smile. “Lord it’s good to know there’s still a few ol’ country boys around.”