WATCH: Randy Travis, Avett Brothers Sing Rousing Version of ‘Deeper Than the Holler’ in 2012

by Joe Rutland
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When country music legend Randy Travis and The Avett Brothers put their voices together back in 2012, it was a feast for fans’ ears.

They pulled a Travis classic, “Deeper Than The Holler,” out and performed it for the “CMT Crossroads” show.

It’s a song off of Travis’ 1988 album “Old 8×10,” one that earned him the American Music Award for Favorite Country Single. This also was in the midst of a hot streak of No. 1 hits for Travis, too.

“Deeper Than The Holler” became the sixth consecutive song to hit the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Charts, and eighth overall at the time, for Randy Travis in his career. It was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz.

The song’s lyrics speak of the universal language of love. The man, though, is expressing his deep, heartfelt desire for the one he loves and wants in his life.

“Well I’ve heard those city singers singin’ ’bout how they can love
Deeper than the oceans higher than the stars above
Well I come from the country and I know I ain’t seen it all
But I heard that oceans salty and the stars they sometimes fall
But that would not do justice to the way I feel for you
So I have to sing this song about all the things I knew

My love is deeper than the holler, stronger than the rivers
Higher than the pine trees growin’ tall upon the hill
My love is purer than the snowflakes that fall in late December
And honest as a robin on a springtime window sill
And longer than the song of the whippoorwill

From the back roads to the Broadway shows with a million miles between
There’s a least a million love songs that people love to sing
And everyone is different and everyone’s the same
So this is just another way of sayin’ the same thing

My love is deeper than the holler, stronger than the rivers
Higher than the pine trees growin’ tall upon the hill
My love is purer than the snowflakes that fall in late December
And honest as a robin on a springtime window sill
And longer than the song of the whippoorwill

My love is deeper than the holler, stronger than the rivers
Higher than the pine trees growin’ tall upon the hill
My love is purer than the snowflakes that fall in late December
And honest as a robin on a springtime window sill
And longer than the song of the whippoorwill”

Here are Randy Travis and The Avett Brothers singing this classic country song.

Randy Travis Joins Grand Ole Opry In 1986

Meanwhile, Dec. 20 will forever be a monumental day for Randy Travis. On that day in 1986, his career reached a new milestone when the 27-year-old became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. 

Leading up to Travis’ well-deserved induction, six months earlier, he released the album “Storms of Life.” The highly-successful record produced four No. 1 hits including “Diggin’ Up Bones,” which reached No. 1 a few weeks before the North Carolina native became a member.

Before he dropped his debut album “Storms of Life,” Randy Travis also released the single “On the Other Hand” in 1985.

Keith Whitley originally recorded the song, but Travis released it as a single which peaked at No. 67 on Billboard. In 1986, Travis re-released “On the Other Hand,” just one year after its original release, and this time it went to No. 1 on the charts. 

After 25 years of being an Opry member, Randy Travis was honored with a star-studded celebration in 2011. That night, country music stars such as Josh Turner, John Anderson, and Carrie Underwood came together to pay tribute to his 25-year membership. In 2008, he would urge the Opry to invite Underwood to be an inductee. 

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