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Randy Travis Makes First Public Appearance Since His Surgery

"This was Randy's first time out since his illness."
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Randy Travis (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT Crossroads)

By Kurt Wolff

Randy Travis is definitely “gettin’ better,” at least if a recent Facebook post from fellow country singer Neal McCoy is any indication.

McCoy posted a photo that shows Travis backstage at one of his recent shows, a Smiles for Life concert in Dallas, Texas. Travis is seated in what appears to be a wheelchair, well groomed and dressed in a black jacket, striped shirt and a gray scarf. See the photo below.

McCoy posted the image on his official Facebook page on Feb. 7 and wrote that it was taken backstage “before I went on.” He said he was “pretty honored” at the visit, as “this was Randy’s first time out and his first time to have Cowboy boots on since his illness.” He also posted the image on his Twitter account:

The photo with McCoy is the latest in a small series of updates that have surfaced recently regarding Travis, who was hospitalized last summer, underwent surgery and suffered a stroke. Last month, Travis family friend Anthony Maurizio posted some recent photos on his Twitter account that showed Travis up and about. And in Closer Weekly, Travis’s father Harold Traywick is quoted as saying that “he’s getting his voice back now, little by little.”

Singer/songwriter Bonnie Paul also related that Travis was improving. In addition, Paul even revealed a demo version of a song she had written a few years back with Travis called “Childhood Sweethearts,” featuring the legendary singer on lead vocals.

Last year, Travis did release an album as well as a new single, “Tonight I’m Playing Possum,” which he’d cut as a duet with Joe Nichols. The song is a tribute to the late George Jones.

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