Title - 'Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am' (Warner Bros.)
Artist - Randy Travis
Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis is set to release his 21st studio album on September 30th on Warner Bros. Records. The album, titled Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, is available for pre-order today on www.RandyTravis.com.p>
Travis and his music has been a major influence to other country artists throughout his celebrated career thus far. In his new album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, Travis looks back at some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, among others.
“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,” says Randy Travis.
The album kicks of in slow, methodic albeit melodic style with 'Someday We'll Look Back,' but follows it with the much more upbeat 'Big Butter And Egg Man.' A crazy a title as I've heard, it fairly strums along at a healthy, jolly pace. Next up is the storytelling of 'What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana,' which is backed by the beautiful ballad 'Ever-Changing Woman.'
Randy's rendition of the old classic 'Pennies From Heaven' is next, with the upbeat 'Thanks A Lot' being followed by the soulful vibe of 'Trouble In Mind.' The melancholy 'My Mary' is next, with the geographical 'Saginaw, Michigan' along for the ride next. The song trips along nicely and he actually claims he was born in Saginaw, MI. But, for those in the know, he was actually born in North Carolina, sorry!
Then comes the inspirational, perhaps reality-tinged ballad 'I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall,' before the fun of 'You Asked Me To,' the pop bounce of 'Why Baby Why,' and the albums finale song, the guitar-twanging bar tale 'Tonight I'm Playin' Possum.'