Randy Travis: Vol.1 Influence: The Man I Am CD 2013

Multi-Platinum and seven-time Grammy winning icon Randy Travis presents his 21st studio album on Warner Bros. Records titled Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Travis and his music has been a major influence to other country artists throughout his celebrated career thus far. In his 2013 album, 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.

Track Listing

  Track # Title
1 Someday We'Ll Look Back
2 Big Butter and Egg Man
3 What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
4 Ever Changing Woman
5 Pennies From Heaven
6 Thanks a Lot
7 Trouble in Mind
8 My Mary
9 Saginaw, Michigan
10 Always on a Mountain (when I Fall)
11 (Because) You Asked Me to
12 Why Baby Why
13 Tonight I'M Playing Possum

Product Reviews

As Randy Travis has never attempted to shroud his influences in secrecy, there aren't a lot of surprises on Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am. He does romp through Louis Armstrong's "Big Butter and Egg Man," but there are so many Merle Haggard tunes ("Someday We'll Look Back," "What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana," "Ever Changing Woman," "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall") this could almost be classified as a tribute. After all, the Bob Wills song here, "Trouble in Mind," was a Merle Haggard staple, and the Lefty Frizzell and Ernest Tubb songs ("Saginaw, Michigan" and "Trouble in Mind," respectively) seem as if he cut them. Travis stretches out a little bit at the end by recording Waylon Jennings' version of Billy Joe Shaver's "You Asked Me To," and saluting George Jones via a version of "Why Baby Why" and his newly written tribute "Tonight I'm Playing Possum," a new song that provides the hook into this covers record and is a pretty good little tune. The whole affair doesn't deliver anything unexpected, but that's also its appeal: Travis doesn't surprise, he satisfies, and hearing him sing songs he loves is certainly a good time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi


Randy Travis
Randy Travis: Vol. 1-Influence: the Man I Am
30 September 2013
~ Discs:1
Wea/Warner Bros. ( WAR )
Compact Disc


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