For decades, fans thought of Randy Travis as one of those sweet, gentle country singers. Well he has worked hard to shatter that image in recent months. After a fight outside a church, the crooner will go on trial for an assault in March.
Travis appeared in a Plano, Texas court this week to plead not guilty to simple assault and request a jury trial. It's just the latest in a string of bad press Travis has raked up in recent months -- all of which has led to one thing:
Randy Travis is finally ready to get his life back on track and repair is ruined rep.
Just two weeks before his plea, he returned to the spotlight by performing at the American Giving Awards and promised to give up alcohol. "Randy is doing great. Life is good," his lawyer Larry Friedman told People. "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."
It's been a rough year, to be sure. In February, he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication. Then in August he was charged with driving under the influence and obstruction for allegedly threatening the police officer. With the latest trouble, Travis' attorney said the star was actually just being a "good Samaritan" by stepping in when two men were harassing a lady friend and her 17-year-old daughter. Apparently, by the time the cops came, one of the guys had attacked Travis who was defending himself.
Though the trial is looming, he is trying to turn things around by performing and possibly putting out a new album. He's even got 31 new songs read to record in the studio. Certainly awesome news to fans who have become all too familiar with his mug shot. He certainly has had a lot of musical inspiration from his own ups and downs. Here's hoping for better 2012 for the star.
Do you think Randy Travis can turn things around?
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