Release Date: Jul 15, 2008
Record label: Warner Bros.
Around the Bend is Randy Travis' first secular album in nearly a decade, but he was hardly inactive in the years following 1999's A Man Ain't Made of Stone. After that record, Travis settled into a gospel career, which wasn't surprising as sacred music was never far from his heart to begin with. This extended sojourn was fruitful, producing a series of good, heartfelt records, yet they also had a nice side effect of putting commercialism way on the back burner, as the gospel albums were made without the charts in mind.