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Randy Travis is weighing in on the Garth Brooks lip-syncing controversy.

Last week Miranda Lambert’s boyfriend, musician Anderson East, posted a note on his Instagram criticizing Garth for not performing his CMA Awards set live, a decision Garth copped to right away and blamed on vocal strain from playing multiple concerts in a row. Miranda then supported her man’s opinion with a comment of her own.


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But country music legend Randy Travis does not share the couple’s view.

The Country Music Hall of Famer released a statement on Twitter saying, “A friend, a man, an artist who gives ALL, always! Our family in music should be the first to understand. After you walk in our shoes, get back with us!”

As previously reported, Blake Shelton weighed in earlier with a tweet that read, “Hey Garth … I still love you. #hero #respect.”

Randy also retweeted Blake’s comment.

Garth’s initial acknowledgement of the lip-sync came during a candid statement in the CMA press room immediately following his win for Entertainer of the Year.

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“We made a game-time call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync and we decided to lip-sync it. My voice just isn’t going anywhere, and we wanted to represent country music the best we can,” Garth said of his performance of his hit single, “Ask Me How I Know.”

Many fan comments have also not been favorable, but his country buddies seem to have his back. Looks like Garth has friends in high places, too!

This Country Music Hall of Famer is sticking up for Garth Brooks Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts
Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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