The Prolonged Recuperation of Randy Travis

Randy Travis filmed an intimate acoustic concert to celebrate Storms of Life, the 1986 album that sold 4 million copies and started the neo-traditionalist country music trend on its 25th anniversary in 2011.  

No one expected that clip to be “the last live recording we did,” says Travis' longtime producer Kyle Lehning. 

Travis was hospitalized in Dallas with viral cardiomyopathy in 2013 as the tape was being prepped for release, which never happened. 

A major stroke required brain surgery and left him unable to play guitar or perform. 

It restricted his speech. Doctors told his wife, Mary, he had a 1–2% chance of life. 

Eleven years later, a new documentary based on that footage honors the renowned artist, now 63. 

Randy Travis: More Life weaves together Travis' various medical emergencies, arduous recuperation (including neuro-acupuncture, hyperbaric chamber treatment, and stem cell injections), 

and retirement on his Tioga, Texas ranch. (Until July 7, Travis' YouTube channel will release episodes every two weeks of the documentary for free.)Though the seven-time Grammy winner understands everything, Travis no longer talks in entire sentences, so Mary speaks for him. 

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