PHOTO: Randy Travis Makes Rare Appearance Joining Luke Combs at the Grand Ole Opry

by Keeli Parkey

In the years since he suffered a devastating stroke, country music star Randy Travis has rarely made public appearances. That unfortunate health scare took place in 2013.

So, it has been many years since the singer’s fans have seen him on a regular basis. It has also kept the country music community from getting more of his traditional country music sound.

However, those fans got lucky on Sunday (May 30) thanks to another country music star. That evening, Luke Combs tweeted a photo of himself with Randy Travis. And of course, they were at one of the most important locations to their chosen music genre.

So, where were they? Nowhere else but the Grand Ole Opry!

Joining Randy Travis and Combs in the photo were the younger singer’s mother and his wife. The four of them look very happy to be visiting that hallowed hall. And, who can blame them!

“Good times at the @opry with momma, @nicolecombs, and @randytravis,” Luke Combs shared.

Luke Combs isn’t the only young star who has been lucky enough to spend time with Randy Travis recently. Thomas Rhett also had the privilege. You can read about that here.

Randy Travis Responds to Comments Made By Alan Jackson About the State of Country Music

Even though hasn’t really been making public appearances in recent years, Randy Travis has been keeping up with what has been going on in country music.

In May 2021, Travis posted a tweet that addressed comments made by Alan Jackson regarding the state of country music. Turns out, Travis disagreed with what Jackson had to say.

“Country music is gone—and it’s not coming back. It’s like the 1980s again. I’m 62 years old; I’m not some 30-year-old stud,” Jackson told “It’s not the same, but somebody has to bring it back, because it’s not just people in their 50s, it’s people in their 20s, too. All the kids and young people around my house? The older they’ve got, the more hardcore and traditional what they’ve leaned into has become.”

Alan Jackson’s thoughts reached Randy Travis. And, Travis had a few thoughts of his own on the matter. So, he decided to let Jackson know that Jackson’s comments about the state of country music were not entirely correct. Apparently, Travis felt that way thanks to the work of some current country music artists approaching music the way he and Jackson have during their very successful careers.

@OfficialJackson there’s still some doing it like we did it my friend… @drewparkerplays @lukecombs @RileyGreenMusic @_alexandrakay and more,” Travis tweeted. He later added, “@AshleyMcBryde @ericchurch @codyjohnson the list goes on!”