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New (old) Music From Randy Travis

by Doc Murphy

While he continues to recover from the stroke he suffered last month, Randy Travis still plans to release a new album on October 1st.

The 13-track album is called Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am and will feature covers of artists and songs that inspired Randy.

Some of the tracks include:
"Saginaw, Michigan" (Lefty Frizzell)
"Someday We'll Look Back" (Merle Haggard)
"You Asked Me To" (George Jones)
"Why Baby Why" (Ernest Tubb) 

Randy has also cut a new duet with Joe Nichols called "Tonight I'm Playing Possum", a tribute to country legend George Jones.

Travis covers Lefty Frizzell ("Saginaw, Michigan"),Merle Haggard ("Someday We'll Look Back"), Waylon Jennings ("You Asked Me To"), George Jones ("Why Baby Why"), Ernest Tubb ("Thanks a Lot") and more traditional country artists. 

His duet with Joe Nichols, "Tonight I'm Playing Possum," concludes the album. The collection will be his first new music since he suffered a stroke last month. The stroke was a complication of congestive heart failure. He was discharged from a Texas hospital at the end of July and has been undergoing additional therapy at a physical rehabilitation center.

"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," Travis said in a prepared statement.

The new album follows his duets project, 25th Anniversary Celebration, which was released in 2011.

After signing to Warner Bros Records in 1985, Travis scored 16 No. 1 singles, including "On the Other Hand," "Forever and Ever, Amen", "Diggin' Up Bones," "I Won't Need You Anymore," "I Told You So," Deeper Than the Holler," "Is It Still Over" and "Three Wooden Crosses."

Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1986, he won Grammys for best male country vocal performances in 1987 and 1988.