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The Cyrus-ization of Nashville hasn’t done Randy Travis in yet, but the flood of pretty boys that has overwhelmed country has left him more elder statesman than idol. Though longtime fans might find their mild-mannered hero’s displacement distasteful, it’s kind of fitting. The early-’80s neotraditionalist wave that Travis rode in on swept many country-music trailblaz ers off the radio dial and the charts for good. But judging by the sales of his latest release (This Is Me has already produced three hit singles and is on the verge of platinumdom), and the fact that he’s still headlining arenas, Travis still has some juice. Opening is Sammy Kershaw, a quite likable amalgam of the now-requisite hunkiness and old-school crooning. Kershaw’s “Queen of My Double-Wide” is among the funniest, catchiest country singles of recent years. At 7:30 p.m. at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $24.50-35. (703) 993-3000. (Dave McKenna)