An album featuring 21 guests isn't a shabby way to celebrate a silver anniversary. And Randy Travis is hoping that something more -- a TV special or a concert, perhaps -- might happen to commemorate the 25 years since his triple-platinum major label debut album, "Storms of Life."
"There has been mention of it," Travis tells Billboard.com. "The guys at the record label (Warner Bros.) talked about it, the possibility of seeing if we could have some of these folks participate and come and do some of these songs on a recorded live performance. Whether we can pull it together or not, I don't know. I wish I had more to say on that."
But, he adds, "The good thing is that can happen any time within the next couple years. It'll still work."
Until that's determined, Travis is happy to just be acknowledging his anniversary, though he says that "it feels like it's only been about (25) minutes. It went so quick I can't believe it. I'd been singing in clubs for a little over 10 years before I got my deal, and this 25 went by a whole lot quicker than that 10 did, I can tell you that."
Travis' "Anniversary Celebration," which debuted at No. 4 on the Country Albums charts in June, features remakes of some of his old favorites as well as new songs, all recorded with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, the Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, the Eagles' Don Henley, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, Kristin Chenoweth and a chorus of George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Ray Price and others on "Didn't We Shine." The opening track, "Everything and All" with Brad Paisley, is the set's first single.
"I'm honored by these people on this album, very honored they would agree to do this," says Travis, explaining that "Anniversary Celebration" was "in the talking stages" for nearly two years. "We figured we'd do a few duets with people, friends I've met in the business over the years, maybe re-do a few old songs and do a few new songs. We kept on making this wish list, and it kept growing and growing and growing. One day Kyle (Lehning, Travis' producer) called and said, 'You have to stop now. If we're going to finish this album this year, you have to stop.' It could've gone on forever." Travis says most of the sessions were caught on video and could be part of a TV special or DVD release.
Meanwhile, Travis says working on "Anniversary Celebration" has whetted his appetite for another album of all-new material. "There's always the desire to go do something new and see what you might come up with. That's just part of the drive," he notes. Travis says he considered nearly 100 new songs for "Anniversary Celebration" and is "still hanging onto" some of the tracks that weren't used on that set. And he continues to write as well as consider submissions from writers and publishers.
As far as a timetable, however, Travis says "we haven't even gotten to that conversation yet," preferring to focus on promoting "Anniversary Celebration" for the time being. " 'Anything and All' just went out as a single," Travis explains. "I'm hoping that will be successful, and that 'More Life' (with Henley) will possibly be a single, too. Then I walked in the house the other day and I thought somebody had put the CD on; I heard me and Tim McGraw doing 'Can't Hurt a Man' -- and it turned out it was on the radio! That shocked me. So we'll see what kind of life this album has before we start thinking about the next one."