Randy Travis wasn’t just a little bit country. He was all country. And that was only part of what thrilled the fans and kept the audience captivated at CN Centre on Monday night. Travis has a rich, strong voice (when he dipped into the low, low notes his wonderful baritone voice drew whistles.)
The singer still has his boyish good looks. And at 46, Travis hasn’t lost his laid back style, legendary charm and country boy charisma. He sang a number of his famous hits including Forever and Ever, Amen, Just a Matter of Time, I Told You So, Too Gone, Too Long, Heroes and Friends and On the Other Hand. Some of his thought provoking songs like Better Class of Losers carried a message and moral about life and humanity. And he delivered a string of heart-tugging, tear-jerking songs like Three Wooden Crosses (about a fatal accident involving four very different folks) with such passion and emotion that a silence fell over the audience.
The country singer also gave the audience a glimpse of his own past, sharing snippets of an early misspent youth and rocky road to stardom and telling family jokes. Leading into a love song for the ladies (men often have trouble expressing emotions,) he quipped, “My mother asked my father after 35 years, ‘why don’t you say you love me like you used to?’ and he answered, ‘if I ever change my mind, I’ll let you know.”
He promised all his stories were true. On stage, he showed the image of an artist fulfilled and a man at peace with himself. He attributes most of that to his faith – and his longtime wife Elizabeth.
Canadian country singer Charlie Major demonstrated his talent and showmanship holding his own on stage in a solo acoustic set showcasing his original songs and warming up the crowd.
Perhaps one of the happiest fans on Monday night was Bea Varley who won tickets and a chance to meet Travis in a Free Press contest. She only got a few minutes with the country music star (she’d never seen him in person before) but that was long enough to keep her a solid fan. “He was very nice. I just welcomed him to Prince George and he said he was glad to be here.”