Around the Bend (album)

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Around the Bend
Studio album by Randy Travis
Released July 15, 2008
Genre Country
Length 42:20
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Kyle Lehning
Randy Travis chronology
Songs of the Season
Around the Bend
I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Billboard (favorable)[4]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
The New York Times (positive)[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[10]
Engine 145 4/5 stars[11]

Around the Bend is the nineteenth studio album released in 2008 by American country music artist Randy Travis. The album is Travis' first mainstream country music album since 1999's A Man Ain't Made of Stone, all his other albums in the 2000s were composed of Christian country music.[12] It sold 31,000 copies in its first week of release, the best opening week of Travis' career.[13] Three singles were released from the album: "Faith in You", "Dig Two Graves" and "Turn It Around", none of which charted.

Around the Bend was nominated for best country album at the 51st Grammy Awards, and the track "Dig Two Graves" was nominated as best country song.[14]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Around the Bend" (Tania Hancheroff, Marcus Hummon, Tia Sillers) - 3:36
  2. "You Didn't Have a Good Time" (Kris Bergsnes, Jason Matthews, Jim McCormick) - 3:56
  3. "Every Head Bowed" (Brent Baxter, Brandon Kinney) - 3:27
  4. "Love Is a Gamble" (Hugh Prestwood) - 4:51
  5. "Faith in You" (Tom Douglas, Joe Henry, Matt Rollings) - 3:47
  6. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (Bob Dylan) - 4:16
  7. "Dig Two Graves" (Ashley Gorley, Bob Regan) - 3:17
  8. "Turn It Around" (Noah Gordon, Matt Kennon) - 3:00
  9. "From Your Knees" (Leslie Satcher) - 4:01
  10. "Everything That I Own (Has Got a Dent)" (Tony Martin, Mark Nesler) - 3:31
  11. "'Til I'm Dead and Gone" (Shawn Camp, John Scott Sherrill, Sarah Siskind) - 4:38


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008-2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 14


The album won a Dove Award for Country Album of the Year at the 40th GMA Dove Awards.[15]


  1. ^ Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Billboard review". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  5. ^ The Boston Globe review(subscription required)
  6. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  7. ^ The New York Times review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  10. ^ Slant Magazine review
  11. ^ Engine 145 review
  12. ^ "'Around the Bend' brings Randy Travis back to country". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2008-07-24. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Taylor Swift owns top of country chart". Country Standard Time. Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  14. ^ "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Nomination List". Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  15. ^ Nominations Announced for 40th GMA Dove Awards at

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