Randy Travis Returns With New Single “Fool’s Love Affair”

Today, the vocalist and songwriter that helped bring country music back to its traditionalist roots in the 1980s returns with a never-before-heard song, as Randy Travis releases “Fool’s Love Affair.”

The song marks Travis’ first single release to country radio since his near-fatal stroke in 2013. Travis originally recorded “Fool’s Love Affair” prior to the release of his 1986 debut project Storms of Life, the album that would issue radio hits including “On The Other Hand,” “1982,” “Diggin’ Up Bones” and “No Place Like Home,” and go on to be certified 3x multi-Platinum by the RIAA.

Randy Travis and Charlie Monk.

“Fool’s Love Affair” was recorded as a demo tape and was tucked away in storage before songwriter, publisher and radio personality Charlie Monk (who co-wrote the track with Keith Stegall and Milton Brown) came across the demo and brought it to Travis’ longtime producer Kyle Lehning, who updated the recording to modern standards.

Today also marks the 35th anniversary of Travis’ first major label radio single, “On The Other Hand,” written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. The track had previously been included on Keith Whitley’s album L.A. To Miami. In its initial release, Travis’ rendition of “On The Other Hand” peaked at No. 67 on the country radio chart. After “1982” reached the Top 10, Travis’ team re-released “On The Other Hand,” bringing his very first No. 1 hit, the first of 22 chart-toppers Travis has earned during his career.

Travis became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1986; three decades later, he became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

 

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