Randy Travis – Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:59 minutes | 479 MB | Genre: Country
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Multi-Platinum and seven-time Grammy winning icon Randy Travis presents his 21st studio album 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. After releasing his 25th Anniversary Celebration album and going back through his repertoire of collaborations with artists including Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Don Henley, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, Josh Turner, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Travis reflected on the icons and their music that have inspired him over the years.
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.
01 – Someday We’ll Look Back
02 – Big Butter And Egg Man
03 – What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
04 – Ever-Changing Woman
05 – Pennies From Heaven
06 – Thanks A Lot
07 – Trouble In Mind
08 – My Mary
09 – Saginaw, Michigan
10 – I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall
11 – You Asked Me To
12 – Why Baby Why
13 – Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum (Duet with Joe Nichols)