Almost 25 years to the day after debuting with Storms of Life, Randy Travis is set to release a duets collection entitled Anniversary Celebration on June 7. Travis’ earlier duets collection, Heroes and Friends, convinced me that he can meet just about anyone halfway–Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, B.B. King, Conway Twitty, Clint Eastwood–but parts of this new track listing still have me a bit nervous.
The Alan Jackson and Jamey Johnson collaborations are obvious slam dunks, but James Otto? Zac Brown Band? Don Henley? Tim McGraw? In the opinion of this longtime fan, it’s going to take some pretty careful song selection and arrangement to make those voices work together.
The full track list is below. After looking at it, how optimistic are you about the collection? Which tracks are you most/least looking forward to hearing?
1. “Everything and All” featuring Brad Paisley
2. “A Few Ole Country Boys” featuring Jamey Johnson
3. “Forever and Ever, Amen” featuring Zac Brown Band
4. “He Walked On Water” featuring Kenny Chesney
5. “T.I.M.E.” featuring Josh Turner
6. “Love Looks Good On You” featuring Kristin Chenoweth
7. “Better Class of Losers”/”She’s Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues)” medley feat. Alan Jackson
8. “More Life” featuring Don Henley
9. “Can’t Hurt A Man” featuring Tim McGraw
10. “Promises” featuring Shelby Lynne
11. “Is it Still Over?” featuring Carrie Underwood
12. “Road To Surrender” featuring Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson
13. “Diggin’ Up Bones” featuring John Anderson
14. “Someone You Never Knew” featuring Eamonn McCrystal
15. “Too Much” featuring James Otto
16. “Didn’t We Shine” featuring George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Joe Stampley & Gene Watson
Travis has a nice vault of old photos and videos opening (slowly) at http://www.randytravis.com.