Randy Travis honors Merle Haggard with “Mama Tried” cover

In 1998, Randy Travis covered Merle Haggard’a signature song “Mama Tried” on the multi-artist album “Tribute to Tradition,” which also included covers from Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins, Alison Krauss, Joe Diffie, amongĀ others.

Haggard is one of main Travis’ heroes, as evidenced by the amount of Merle covers Randy recorded on his two “Influences” albums. Both overcame troubled youths to become country megastars.

Listen to both of their versions of “Mama Tried” below:


  1. I love Randy Travis and so wish he will be able to perform again. Thanks Randy for all you have done for traditional country music

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