Tenn. (August 26, 2013) – Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning
icon Randy Travis is set to release his 21st studio album October 1st 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 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. 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.

“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.

Earlier this year, Travis released a duet with Joe Nichols paying tribute to his longtime friend, George Jones, titled “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” which he debuted at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in June.

Songs on Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am include:
1. Someday We’ll Look Back
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter: Merle Haggard
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1971
2. Big Butter And Egg Man
Influence: Merle Haggard (1985)
Songwriter: Percy Venable
Original Performer: Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Originally Released: 1926
3. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter: Dave Kirby
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1976

4. Ever Changing Woman
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriters: David Kirby, Curly Putman
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1980

5. Pennies From Heaven
Influence: Merle Haggard (1986)
Songwriters: Arthur Johnston (music) Johnny Burke (lyrics)
Original Performer: Bing Crosby
Originally Released: 1936

6. Thanks A Lot
Influence: Ernest Tubb
Songwriters: Eddie Miller and Don Sessions
Original Performer: Ernest Tubb
Originally Released: 1964

7. Trouble In Mind
Influence: Merle Haggard (1996)
Songwriter: Richard M. Jones
Original Performer: Thelma La Vizzo
Originally Released: 1924
8. My Mary
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriters: Stuart Hamblen, Jimmie Davis
Original Performers: Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Originally Released: 1983

9. Saginaw, Michigan
Influence: Lefty Frizzell
Songwriters: Don Wayne
Original Performer: Lefty Frizzell
Year Released: 1964
10. Always On A Mountain (When I Fall)
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter(s): D. Kerran & Chuck Howard
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Year Released: 1978

11. (Because) You Asked Me To
Influence: Waylon Jennings
Songwriter(s): Billy Joe Shaver & Waylon Jennings
Original Performer: Waylon Jennings
Year Released: 1973

12. Why Baby Why
Influence: George Jones
Songwriters: Darrell Edwards & George Jones
Original Performer: George Jones
Year Released: 1955

13. Tonight I’m Playing Possum (Duet With Joe Nichols)
Songwriters: Keith Gattis
Original Performer: Randy Travis
Year Released: 2013

Warner Bros. Records has been home to Randy Travis for the majority
of his recording career; and together they have accumulated lifetime
sales of his music in excess of 20 million units to date. Travis is one
of the biggest record sellers in music industry history, with 18 No. 1
singles, 29 Top 10 chartings, certification of the rare quintuple
platinum album (Always and Forever, released in 1987), one triple platinum album (Storms of Life, released in 1986), two double platinum’s (Old 8×10, released in 1988, and No Holding Back, released in 1989), eight platinum albums, and 10 gold albums. In 2011, Travis released 25th Anniversary Celebration,
marking his phenomenal silver milestone in the music industry, and
included a star-studded cast of collaborators. Major industry career
awards include seven GRAMMY Awards, five Country Music Association
Awards (CMA), 10 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), 10 American
Music Awards (AMA), two People’s Choice Awards, and eight Dove Awards
from the Gospel Music Association. He is a three-time recipient of CMA
Award’s “Song of the Year’’ honors (“On The Other Hand,” “Forever and
Ever Amen,” and “Three Wooden Crosses”). Randy Travis has appearances in
more than 40 feature film productions and major television projects to
his credit. In 2004, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame. In the midst of every major career award and accolade, he
considers his honored induction as a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry,
in Nashville, in 1986, as a shining highlight of his legendary
accomplishments. Travis’ latest digital single release “Tonight I’m
Playin’ Possum” was recorded as a tribute to the late George Jones, and
included two versions; a Travis only version and a duet collaboration
with Travis and Joe Nichols.

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