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Randy Travis has always been regarded as a linchpin of country's New Traditionalist movement, championing old-school musical values. But his Influence series of classic country covers really underline his connection to his roots. While the first volume found Travis interpreting tunes made famous by the likes of Ernest Tubb and Lefty Frizzell, Influence Vol. 2 occasionally edges forward a bit to encompass other eras. For instance, Travis tackles Vern Gosdin's '80s hit "Set 'Em Up Joe," which was itself an homage to the heyday of honky-tonk music. While the Kris Kristofferson–penned "Sunday Morning Coming Down" preceded that song by almost two decades, it's emblematic of the dawn of counterculture sensibility in country. Travis' version bridges multiple periods, with an arrangement that echoes the boom-chicka-boom of Johnny Cash's recording of the tune. Of course, Travis still reaches back to the earlier generation of country heroes here, bringing his trademark earth-shaking baritone to Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On" and Ernest Tubb's "You Nearly Lose Your Mind" with just as much intensity.

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Welcome back real country music!

Great to hear a real country artist again. No auto tune on this album. Take note Jason and all the other hacks claiming to be singing country music. This real country.

Randy Travis Never Disappoints

In the first single of his new album, Randy Travis lends his baritone to the Marty Robbins hit "Don't Worry 'Bout Me." In the same vein as its predecessor, "Influence, Vol. 1," this album contains no flashy gimmicks that are often present in today's country music; with this album, you get acoustic guitars, country hits and a soulful delivery.

My thoughts are with Randy Travis as his health recovers, and I hope that he'll be back up on stage before too long. With this single's release, however, it's as if Randy is telling fans, "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."


can not wait for this album to be out! love the two singles! no one does it like Randy Travis


Born: May 4, 1959 in Marshville, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like the Beatles in rock, Randy Travis marks a generational shift in country music. When his Storms of Life came out in 1986, country music was still wallowing in the post-urban cowboy recession, chasing elusive crossover dreams. Travis brought the music back to its basics, sounding like nothing so much as a perfect blend of George Jones and Merle Haggard. He became the dominant male voice in country until the rise of "hat acts" like Garth Brooks and Clint Black, releasing seven consecutive number...
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