It’s hard to imagine, but at one point in his storied career, Randy Travis went for eight years without a No. 1 song. In 1994, he scored a chart-topper with the sweetly sexy “Whisper My Name,” and although he came close in the following years, it wasn’t until 2002 that he reached No. 1 again with the beautifully told story of a song “Three Wooden Crosses.”
The song was historical for Randy in other ways, too. Even with its religious and inspirational message, it was his first to cross over to the pop charts. It also earned a song of the year trophy for writers Kim Williams and Doug Johnson at the 2003 CMA Awards.
If you aren’t familiar with “Three Wooden Crosses,” the tune tells the story of four passengers on a bus seeking uniquely different destinations to their journey. After the bus is involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the story takes a somewhat sad yet inspiring twist, and the three wooden crosses represent three of the lives that were taken that night. The listener just isn’t sure which three lives perished in the accident until the end. You have to listen very closely!
We sure miss hearing Randy perform, and we hope he’ll be recording again soon, but in the meantime, Josh Turner has recorded a special cover of “Three Wooden Crosses” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the upcoming CMA Awards, and he does a splendid job.
Listen for that story twist!