The Story Behind The Song: “I Told You So” – Randy Travis

Randy Travis
Randy Travis

Born May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina, Randy Traywick came by his love for country music honestly. In 1968, his father Harold drove to Nashville to record a self-composed song called “A Lonely Shadow.” A year later, young Randy took up the guitar himself and in short order, he and his brother Ricky cemented a duo, playing fiddler conventions, parties and Moose halls.

By age 14 though, Randy moved to a new beat, one that took him to the edge of disaster. He consumed alcohol, acid, Quaaludes and/or speed on a daily basis. The teenager broke into a van, stole from a grocery store, totaled four cars and led police on a 130 mph chase.

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