Whenever a major country star with a big voice has a sibling, we wonder if the musical talent runs in the family.
In legendary icon Randy Travis’ case, it does.
As it turns out, Randy’s older brother, Ricky Traywick, is quite the singer. But, his gift is nothing new. Back in the 1960s, the two performed in local clubs and bars together and went by the name The Traywick Brothers. Even though Ricky’s path didn’t lead to multi-platinum status like Randy’s did, he still finds time to dust off the microphone. And, recently, he crooned the sweetest tribute to Randy.
“I had a request to do this one…so here it is!” Ricky writes in the video above. “This is one of Randy’s songs that never made it to [No. 1] but always appealed to me.”
In this clip, you’ll notice Ricky standing in a recording studio sporting a headset. He flaunts his deep baritone vocals on the track to his brother’s 1994 hit, “Before You Kill Us All.” And, if you were to turn your head away from the video for a split second, you might think that it was Randy! The resemblance in their voices is uncanny!
But, aside from their twin-like voices, the video is incredibly touching.
By now, most fans know that Randy has been recovering from a stroke that he had three years ago. Not only did the stroke rob him from performing live, but it also almost took his life. Good thing is Randy has been making strides ever since that heartbreaking incident occurred. In October of 2016, he surprised an audience by singing “Amazing Grace” during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Then, he was featured in the opening number at the 50th annual CMA Awards in November.
On Feb. 8, Randy will be a part of another special event. A slew of big-named country stars like Alabama, Kenny Rogers and Rodney Akins will all gather at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to pay homage to him at “1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis.” Ricky is also scheduled to perform during the concert.