Heroes & Friends

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Heroes & Friends
Studio album by Randy Travis
Released August 31, 1990
Genre Country
Length 37:12
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Kyle Lehning
Randy Travis chronology
No Holdin' Back
Heroes & Friends
High Lonesome
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly D+ [3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars [4]
Q 3/5 stars [5]
Robert Christgau (neither) [6]

Heroes & Friends is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Randy Travis, released in 1990. Except for the title track (which is reprised at the end), every song on this album is a duet with another recording artist. "A Few Ole Country Boys" (a duet with George Jones) and the title track were both released as singles from this album, peaking at numbers 8 and 3, respectively, on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in 1990.

"We're Strangers Again" was originally recorded by Merle Haggard and Leona Williams on their 1983 album Heart to Heart. The version here, a duet between Travis and Tammy Wynette, was later included on Wynette's Best Loved Hits album, from which it was released as a single in late 1991.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Duet partner Length
1. "Heroes and Friends" Randy Travis, Don Schlitz n/a 2:09
2. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" Dolly Parton Dolly Parton 2:46
3. "The Birth of the Blues" Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson Willie Nelson 2:38
4. "All Night Long" Johnny Gimble, Bob Wills Merle Haggard 3:04
5. "The Human Race" Tim Mensy, Jimmy Phillips, Gene Dobbins Vern Gosdin 2:27
6. "Shopping for Dresses" Merle Haggard, "Little" Jimmy Dickens Loretta Lynn 3:00
7. "Waiting On the Light to Change" Gary Nicholson, Richard Leigh B.B. King 2:44
8. "A Few Ole Country Boys" Troy Seals, Mentor Williams George Jones 3:37
9. "Walk Our Own Road" Bernie Nelson, Lisa Palas Kris Kristofferson 2:44
10. "We're Strangers Again" Haggard, Leona Williams Tammy Wynette 2:45
11. "Smokin' the Hive" Byron Hill, J. Remington Wilde Clint Eastwood 2:23
12. "Come See About Me" Conway Twitty Conway Twitty 2:46
13. "Happy Trails" Dale Evans Roy Rogers 2:13
14. "Heroes and Friends (Reprise)" Travis, Schlitz n/a 1:56


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 31
Canadian RPM Top Albums 61
Preceded by
No Fences
by Garth Brooks
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 24, 1990
Succeeded by
No Fences
by Garth Brooks


  1. ^ Heroes & Friends at AllMusic
  2. ^ Hurst, Jack (1990-10-04). "Randy Travis Heroes and Friends (Warner)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  3. ^ Nash, Alanna (1990-10-12). "Country". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Randy (1990-09-16). "** 1/2 RANDY TRAVIS "Heroes and Friends" Warner Bros.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Randy Travis - Heroes and Friends CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Randy Travis". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.