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Randy Travis Honored By Grand Ole Opry

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By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For 25 years Randy Travis has been a mainstay at the Grand Ole Opry. Tuesday night Travis was honored, a quarter of a century after officially joining the Opry family.

"It's very much a momentous occasion for me. I don't know for everybody else, but for me it is," Travis joked before Tuesday's performance.

A long list of friends came out to show Travis just how much of a milestone the occasion is for country music.

Craig Morgan, Josh Turner, Jimmy Dickens, Carrie Underwood, John Anderson, Joe Stampley, Connie Smith, and Gene Wilson all took part in the Tuesday night Opry show.

Turner even credits Travis for his start in the country music industry.

"When I heard Randy Travis sing for the first time, that's what made me really realize that I should really think seriously about pursuing this as a career," Turner explained.

Carrie Underwood performed her own set during the Opry performance. She also sang a duet with Travis.

The country legend said he was honored back in 1986 when he was asked to join the Opry. He remarked how this celebration is just as special as that day.

"Being asked to be a member of the Opry was a great honor because of my roots in country music, being aware of country music and the Opry goes back quite a few years. I've loved the Opry for a long time," Travis said.

To mark his 25 years in the industry, Travis also released a duets album back in June. On it he sings with Underwood, Turner. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley are also a few of the featured artist on that project.

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