Watch Randy Travis Surprise Kenny Chesney’s Texas Crowd
Kenny Chesney's Spread the Love Tour stop in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday night (June 4) featured sets and appearances from Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Old Dominion -- but the biggest surprise of the night was Randy Travis.
Travis was seated at the side of the stage throughout Chesney's performance, but the country superstar invited the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee to join him in front of the crowd while his band played "Diggin' Up Bones," Travis' No. 1 hit from his 1986 major-label debut, Storms of Life. As fans can see in the video snippet above, Chesney and Travis -- who continues to recuperate from his 2013 stroke -- stood together at center stage, and Travis even sang along a little bit, to incredible cheers from the crowd.
“Randy Travis paved the way and brought back country music,” Chesney says in a press release. “Like George Jones, he is an original — and the real deal. It was great having him in the house, and it was great bringing him out for all the fans to see the man who brought so many young people to country music back in the ‘80s.”
More than 46,000 fans assembled at AT&T Stadium to see Chesney and company on Saturday night. His two-hour, 18-song set also included a cover of George Strait's "The Fireman" (with an assist from Lambert), while Owen sang "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" with Chesney, and Old Dominion's Brad Tursi and Matthew Ramsey came onstage for "Save It for a Rainy Day."
“Some nights just have their own energy and their own momentum,” Chesney says. “There’s something about playing AT&T Stadium that just brings out the best in everybody! The crowd is always so great; you wanna do things a little different, bring up your friends and share the moment with them.”
On Saturday (June 11), Chesney will stop at the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y.
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