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Randy Travis’ Long Road to Recovery

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Randy Travis filmed an intimate acoustic concert in 2011 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Storms of Life, the 1986 album that sold 4 million copies and sparked the neo-traditionalist trend in contemporary country music.

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Nobody expected that tape to become "the last live recording we did," according to Travis' longtime producer, Kyle Lehning.

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However, in 2013, as the tape was being prepped for publication (which did not occur at the time), Travis was taken to a Dallas-area hospital with viral cardiomyopathy issues

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He had a huge stroke, which required brain surgery and deprived him of his ability to play guitar and perform. It also restricted his speaking. Doctors warned his wife, Mary, that he had only a one- or two percent chance of survival.

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And now, 11 years later, a new documentary based on that footage commemorates the life of the beloved musician, who is now 63. Randy Travis: More Life weaves the concert into the rest of the story

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including Travis' repeated touch-and-go medical emergencies, extensive rehabilitation (using procedures such as neuro-acupuncture, hyperbaric chamber treatment

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stem cell injections), and retirement on his ranch near Tioga, Texas. (You can rent the documentary on streaming platforms or watch it for free on Travis' YouTube channel, which will release episodes every two weeks until July 7.)

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 (The couple married in 2015, following Randy's 2010 divorce from Elizabeth "Lib" Hatcher, who secured his recording contract and guided his career during their 19-year marriage.)

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Randy nods in agreement, smiles, and occasionally says anything during our interview. He especially smiles when Mary describes the outpouring of support from fans following the tragedy  

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Country fans are among the most devoted of any music, and Nashville's top performers have long made themselves available to their fans, fostering a familial tie between artists and followers.   

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