Randy and Mary Travis Sit Down with Dan Rather on AXS TV’s “The Big Interview”

Randy and Mary Travis Sit Down with Dan Rather on AXS TV's "The Big Interview"

In This Exclusive First Look, Travis Reflects on His Powerful Performance of “Amazing Grace” at the 2016 Country Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, Three Years After Enduring a Debilitating Stroke—Watch It Here AXS TV presents an all-new episode of the popular celebrity profile series The Big Interview With Dan Rather, as the veteran newsman joins Country music icon Randy Travis and his wife Mary for a rare sit-down airing Wednesday, January 27 at 8pmEST/5pmPST. During the conversation—filmed remotely utilizing both Zoom and in-person camera teams—Travis, through his wife, explains his road to recovery and the fight to regain his mobility, speech, and singing seven years after enduring a debilitating stroke; and the couple share their incredible love story and the pivotal moment Mary knew her husband was ready to keep fighting for his life. In this exclusive first look, Travis—with the aid of his wife, who is on hand to serve as his voice due to the results of his stroke—reflects on his powerful rendition of “Amazing Grace” at the 2016 Country Music Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, an unforgettable performance he had unwittingly begun laying the groundwork for two years prior while in physical therapy. “That’s where a little girl named Tracy, who had a music degree, would come in on her lunch hour, bring her keyboard and started teaching Randy melody and song again,” Mary explains. “She started teaching him ‘Amazing Grace’… and the words all came back to him.” After two months of solely working on forming the letter ‘A,’ Travis was able to regain the following letters at an exponential pace. “We spent probably six hours a day running through that song,” she recalls, “trying to get through all four verses and learning the words.” Travis’ time and dedication, and Mary’s unwavering love and support, were ultimately rewarded with an incredible moment that brought the world of Country music to its feet. Mary continues, “I think when I put that microphone in his hand, he became Randy Travis again. It was absolutely beautiful.” Watch it here. In July 2020 Randy Travis released “Fool’s Love Affair,” a never before heard single, on the anniversary of his first release “On The Other Hand.” “Fool’s Love Affair” has introduced a new generation of country music fans to a true icon of the genre. Still racking up 20,000 streams a day and climbing the Texas Regional Radio Chart, Travis is still a force to be reckoned with.  The Big Interview With Dan Rather airs every Wednesday at 8pE/5pP, only on AXS TV. Follow the social conversation on Twitter @axstv and @danrather as well as the hashtag #TheBigInterview. About Randy Travis With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, Continue reading Randy and Mary Travis Sit Down with Dan Rather on AXS TV’s “The Big Interview”

Brad Paisley And Blake Shelton To Co-Host ‘Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years Of Country Music’ On NBC

GRAND OLE OPRY members BRAD PAISLEY and BLAKE SHELTON will co-host the “GRAND OLE OPRY: 95 YEARS OF COUNTRY MUSIC” special airing on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th at 9p (ET) on NBC-TV. The two-hour show will feature Country music stars performing their hits and covering classics. Additionally, the OPRY will open its archives that span a period of nine decades and include interviews, performances and appearances by Country artists in all stages of their careers. Later that same week, PAISLEY will celebrate his 20th anniversary as a GRAND OLE OPRY member. SHELTON is marking 10 years as a member.

Eric Church to Join Jazmine Sullivan on Superbowl National Anthem

Country artist ERIC CHURCH and R&B singer JAZMINE SULLIVAN have been slated to sing the national anthem together at SUPER BOWL LV, according to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS and other sources. Additionally, R&B star H.E.R. will sing “AMERICA the Beautiful” at the event, set for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th at RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM in TAMPA, FL. 

Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard Added to Celebrating America TV Special

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THE BLACK PUMAS and Country stars TIM McGRAW and TYLER HUBBARD join the PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL COMMITTEE (PIC) list of participants and American heroes on the television special “CELEBRATING AMERICA,” for the inauguration of JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR. and KAMALA D. HARRIS. The program will be hosted by TOM HANKS and broadcast live on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20th from 8:30-10p (ET/PT) on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS. It will be streamed live at BidenInaugural.org/watch and on PIC social media channels: YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and TWITCH, as well as the PIC’s streaming partners, including AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, MICROSOFT BING, NEWSNOW from FOX, and AT&T U-VERSE/DIRECTV.

Luke Bryan, Willie Nelson, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles & More This Week on AXS TV Concerts (March 23-29)

Los Angeles – (March 23, 2020) – AXS TV, the premier cable channel for music-themed content in the United States, brings the ultimate concert experience home—giving viewers front row seats to iconic performances from some of the industry’s most influential artists with a week of show-stopping sets from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles, Meat Loaf, and more, airing March 23 through March 29. Though live concerts have been postponed during this time, AXS TV is committed to providing viewers with a place to come and enjoy the absolute best in music-themed programming, bringing them closer to their favorite artists with acclaimed documentaries, candid interviews, unforgettable concerts and more, airing each and every day. The following list has been carefully curated, offering star-studded specials and hit-packed concerts for those music connoisseurs craving the magic that only live performances can provide. Sit down, tune in, and rock out!

ICYMI: Gone West (Featuring Colbie Caillat) Announce Debut Album “Canyons”

GONE WEST featuring Colbie Caillat announced the June 12 release of their debut album Canyons during their performance this week on the Today Show. The album is available for pre-save with an instant grat track, “Slow Down”. Additionally they stopped by Yahoo Build Series to discuss the album, songwriting process, and band origin. Their debut EP “Tides”, and single “What Could’ve Been” shot up the iTunes country charts immediately following their performance. WATCH THEIR “TODAY” PERFORMANCE Gone West is comprised of Multi Grammy-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Colbie Caillat, multiplatinum songwriter, Grammy winning songwriter & Caillat collaborator Jason Reeves, Hawaiian recording artist Justin Kawika Young (11 #1s in Hawaii) and Academy of Country Music and CMT Award nominee Nelly Joy.

ICYMI: BLUEGRASS NOW! to Premiere Nationally on PBS through March 2020

BLUEGRASS NOW! To Premiere Nationally On PBS Through March 2020 Hosted by Rhonda Vincent and Jim Lauderdale, the all-star lineup features Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Dan Tyminski, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Larry Sparks, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Missy Raines, and Molly Tuttle in a grand celebration of bluegrass music February 27, 2020 – Owensboro, KY – Ever since Bill Monroe stormed out of Kentucky 75 years ago with a hot new take on traditional tunes, bluegrass music’s metric drive and high lonesome sound has thrilled and inspired audiences around the world. That bluegrass high energy and soulfulness was captured live in December of 2019 at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky for BLUEGRASS NOW!, a nationally televised PBS special premiered Saturday, February 29.