Singer Randy Travis, who revolutionized country music in the mid-'80s by returning the genre to its traditional roots, will appear at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, on Oct. 10.
With his 1986 debut album, "Storms of Life," Travis, whose instantly recognizable baritone has drawn comparisons to legendary singers George Jones and Lefty Frizzell, redefined country music in an era where the "Urban Cowboy" pop-style of country music had a grip on the industry. By reintroducing hard-core, pedal steel and fiddle-laced country, Travis ushered in the "New Traditionalist" era that paved the way for artists such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Clint Black.
Travis was ranked 13th on the list of the Top 40 Greatest Men of Country Music on a Country Music Television special that aired in 2003.
Best known for such smash country hits as "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Deeper Than the Holler" and the gospel tinged "Three Wooden Crosses," Travis will release his first country album in eight years (after a issuing a series of gospel recordings), titled "Around the Bend," on July 15.
Tickets for the Celebrity Theatre show, priced from $35 to $55, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the Celebrity Theatre box office and online at celebritytheatre.com. Information: (602) 267-1600.