A Sober Country Singer? Really?


Randy Travis Has 'Given Up Alcohol,' Will Hit Awards Show Stage

Randy Travis is easing back into the spotlight four months after he was arrested while nude and allegedly drunk and belligerent on a Texas highway.

The country star, 53, is performing Friday night at the American Giving Awards in Pasadena for a show airing Saturday night on NBC. This follows his November appearance on CMT Crossroads with the Avett Brothers.

"Randy is doing great. Life is good," says his lawyer Larry Friedman. "He's given up drinking alcohol. He's drinking eight glasses of water a day or more. He's on a strict exercise regimen. … He's in the best shape he's ever been in in his life."

The AGAs, hosted by Joel McHale, is a celebrity tribute to local heroes, with five charities sharing $2 million in grants. Glenn Close will receive the AGA Leadership Award.

"It's an honor being chosen as a performer for this year's American Giving Awards," Travis says in a statement. "The act of giving back to the community is priceless and something that I truly believe in."

While Travis's case is pending, he remains busy in the studio, according to his lawyer.

"He's got 31 new songs," says Friedman. "He did it at a recording studio in Texas. He used his own band. These are all old-time favorites by Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, these are the songs that he grew up with that he loved."

• Reporting by KEVIN O'DONNELL