Randy Travis (Warner Bros./Atlantic)
Few things in this world are less broke than “Amazing Grace.” So it’s gratifying that the mellow-voiced Travis doesn’t try to fix it, singing the great hymn in a quietly moving, no-frills style on the veteran country star’s first gospel album.
Produced by Travis’s longtime collaborator Kyle Lehning, the CD sticks mostly to reverent inspirational songs, including “Shallow Water,” “Baptism,” “Feet on the Rock” and “Walk with Me.” But Travis also includes “Which Way Will You Choose,” a faith-at-the-crossroads song sung to a Charlie Daniels-style fiddle riff, and “Don’t Ever Sell Your Saddle,” about an old gunslinger’s advice to his son. Travis, who cowrote three of these tunes, gets a boost from guest vocalist Jessi Colter on one of them, “The Carpenter.”
Bottom Line: Dignified, satisfying venture into gospel