Posted July 2020
Earlier this week I had the privilege of participating in a group ZOOM call to chat with Mary and Randy Travis about his first single since 2013 entitled “Fool’s Love Affair”. In the course of the call, I asked Mary and Randy a question about their marriage that is, obviously, the polar opposite of the premise of Randy’s new single. The video of that exchange is on this page. Below is a run-down of the new single. Please check out both . . . and share it with a friend!
RANDY TRAVIS DROPS “FOOL’S LOVE AFFAIR” ON THE 35th ANNIVERSARY OF “ON THE OTHER HAND”
Marking the 35th Anniversary of Randy Travis’ first radio single, “On The Other Hand,” the Country music icon and famed actor releases his first never-before-heard single since his 2013 stroke, “Fool’s Love Affair.” Recorded as a demo, the song was stuck in storage until one of the writers, Charlie Monk, discovered it and sent it to Randy and longtime producer Kyle Lehning to bring up to 2020 standards. Country fans have long awaited the chance to hear the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s voice - which Rolling Stone calls "distinctive" and "influential" - on a new song. And though he still deals with aphasia and cannot record, Randy is bringing them just that. Download and stream the song on all digital retailers here.
In 2017, Garth Brooks said to Rolling Stone: “Think about it: when is there ever, in any format, an artist that has come on the scene that has turned a format 180 degrees from where it’s heading, back and made it bigger than it ever was? That’s impossible. I’ve only known it to happen once, ever and Travis would be the name I’d stick on it.” Of course, he was talking about Randy’s effect on country music in the mid-'80s with “On The Other Hand,” “1982,” “Forever and Ever, Amen” and more.
Billboard's Tom Roland announced the song on Monday, with, "the tone is rich and reedy, the delivery is steady and understated, and the emotion is convincingly resigned."
The song has already seen early unprecedented support from the music industry. Fellow country artists have shared sentiments on social
media. Spotify has featured "Fool's Love Affair" across various major playlists including Hot Country, New Boots, Wild Country, Forever Country, and more. Apple Music has featured on Hot Tracks and a special promotion on Randy Travis Essentials. Major radio conglomerates Cumulus, iHeartRadio, Townsquare, Entercom as well as SiriusXM and countless more Country radio stations have featured it throughout Wednesday morning. WSM 650 AM, the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, have a special hour of Randy Travis programming planned and featured the song on Coffee, Country and Cody.
The Tennessean called the song "a classic ballad tinged with steel guitar and carried by the warm croon that sold millions of albums and helped shape a generation of country stars to come."
The song was produced by Kyle Lehning and written by Keith Stegall, Charlie Monk, and Milton Brown.
Travis’ impact on country music has been long-lasting. Countless artists credit him as an influence and inspiration in their music and career. His legacy is cemented in history as a member of the Grand Ole Opry (1986) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (2016) and his music will undoubtedly continue to impress both listeners and artists for the rest of time.