Music: The Making Good of Randy Ray

A country boy called Travis sings a sweet Nashville tune

You will know the voice right away, even if you have never heard it. A backcountry baritone canters along a line of swaying melody, taking it easy, taking everything easy. The prides, the miseries, the dalliances and departures that are the mother lode of country music, all are delved into and delivered up with the sidling grace of an unordained preacher taking the back door into honky-tonk heaven.

In the fast lane of a Los Angeles freeway, a Randy Travis song on the car radio can put you, all at once, onto a stretch of two-lane blacktop. A tune like On...

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