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Randy Travis 'Influence Vol. 1 The Man I Am' Review

Posted by Administrator on October 3, 2013 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis released his 21st studio album on September 30th on Warner Bros. Records. The album, titled 'Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am', is available on as well as other music outlets.  The past few months have been hard ones for Travis health wise but as he recovers, his latest cd is now out for his fans to enjoy.


'Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am' is exactly what the title states it to be.  It is a compilation of covers performed by Travis of songs that singers who influenced him in his musical career performed previously.  The entire cd stays true to what Randy's fans have come to expect from him, pure, classic country music.  Travis puts his own voice and sound to many classic tunes on this one. He sings tunes performed by Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb and others.

Travis has said of the album,  “When I think of my musical heroes of yesteryear, or the younger stars of this year, I am reminded that it is true we learn from the ones ahead of us, and teach the ones that follow. They are the reason I chose to make this album”.

"Pennies From Heaven" was performed by country legend Merle Haggard, but also Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Louie Prima and Frank Sinatra.  It is one of the more surprising tracks on the record. Many people recognize it from Sinatra and the movie of the same name from many years ago and never realized that Haggard recorded his version. Travis lends his voice to this latest rendition in a bluesy and undeniably country sound with acoustic guitar and fiddle backing him up.  

"Tonight I'm Playin' Possum"  is the only duet on the album and features Joe Nichols.  It is a powerful rendition with two strong voices coming together, paying tribute to George Jones. This is one of my favorites from the cd.  The true country sound of it with two great voices of country music in harmony together makes it a perfect remake.   The song keeps with traditional country that many listeners miss from some of today's music.  

Merle Haggard, who obviously was one of Travis' biggest influences,  is represented with eight cuts either influenced by or recorded by him. Three of the first four tracks are Haggard songs.  

I particularly enjoyed Travis singing "Thanks A Lot".  This is just one of those classic upbeat country tunes.  Always been a favorite of mine and of course anything with a steel guitar has that country sound in my book.  

'Influence Vol. 1' track list: Someday We’ll Look Back, Big Butter and Egg Man, What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana, Ever Changing Woman, Thanks a Lot, Trouble in Mind, My Mary Album, Saginaw Michigan, I’m Always on a Mountain When I Fall, You Asked Me To, Why Baby Why and Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum (duet with Joe Nichols). The Collectors package also includes a digital album, t-shirt, print edition, and an instant download of the duet with Joe Nichols