Country Music Icon Featured By NBC's Today, Bobby Bones And The New York Times
Last week, country music icon Randy Travis released his first single since his stroke in 2013. “Fool’s Love Affair,” a never before heard song, quickly garnered attention from some of the biggest media outlets including Billboard, The New York Times and Rolling Stone as well as reaching over 1 million streams on digital platforms. Travis and his wife Mary also appeared on NBC’s TODAY with Hoda and Jenna this morning. Download and stream the song here. This week, the music legend joined the viral app TikTok and has four million views on his first video in less than two days.
The New York Times describes “Fool’s Love Affair” as “a reassuringly sturdy jolt of traditionalism.”
Well-known morning show host Bobby Bones highlighted the song in last week’s Bobbycast.
Taste of Country described Randy as “the epitome of what country music should sound like.”
“This, my friends, is what Real Country Music sounds like.” - Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine
Billboard says, “the tone is rich and reedy, the delivery is steady and understated, and the emotion is convincingly resigned.”
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.”
“Fool’s Love Affair” not only is the first new Randy Travis music in years, but it also marked the 35th Anniversary of his first radio single “On The Other Hand.” Originally recorded as a demo, the song sat in storage until one of the writers, Charlie Monk (who wrote the song with Milton Brown and Keith Stegall) rediscovered it and sent it to Travis and his longtime producer Kyle Lehning. This release was long awaited by country music fans and artists who credit him as musical inspiration. In addition, country radio across the country and around the world truly embraced the song, featuring it on release day along with commentary on Randy Travis' impact on the genre.