Watch A 19-Year-Old Randy Travis Make His TV Debut, Covering George Jones

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Talk about a MAJOR blast from the past.

Before Randy Travis was Randy Travis, he was Randy Ray, and before he was Randy Ray, he was Randy Traywick, just a youngin’ from Marshville, North Carolina trying to make a name for himself in the country music industry.

I’ve been a Travis kick here lately as his More Life documentary has officially been released to YouTube, and that led me to finding this hidden gem.

Travis’ first TV appearance on the show Variety Showcase back in 1978, when he was only 19-years-old.

This may have been the famed country singer’s first shot at national exposure, as he put together a masterful rendition of George Jones’ “All The Praises,” released on the singer’s 1972 George Jones (We Can Make It) album.

At the time, he had just begun recording with Paula Records, and was trying to find a way to get over the hump and find a charting song.

It’s known that Jones was one of Travis’ biggest inspirations in country music, so it’s no surprise that he’s covering a hit from one of country music’s all-time greats.

Check it out:

Randy Travis’ Documentary, ‘More Life,’ To Premiere On YouTube

Back in February, the Circle Network premiered Randy Travis’ documentary, More Life.

With Travis’ incredible life story of starting a band with his brothers, getting in trouble with the law, and getting noticed by club owner Lib Hatcher who eventually took him in as his own, it’s a really cool story of redemption.

Needless to say, the documentary received a ton of praise and demand from fans, and are requesting for more ways to view the film.

To fulfill those wishes, Travis, Warner Music Nashville, and YouTube are teaming up to turn the film into a seven-part series, rolling out new episodes every two weeks on Travis’ YouTube channel, with the full documentary available now on iTunes.

You can check out all of the release dates below:

Episode 1 – April 14
Episode 2 – April 28
Episode 3 – May 12
Episode 4 – May 26
Episode 5 – June 9
Episode 6 – June 23
Episode 7 – July 7

And the full trailer:

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