Randy Travis to Release Second Album of Classic Covers
Randy Travis is under the influence—the influence, that is, of some of country music’s greatest legends.
Set for wide release August 19, Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am finds the Grammy winning singer-songwriter paying homage to more songs and artists who helped shape Travis’s career. A follow up to Influence Vol. 1, which came out in 2013, the album features Travis’ interpretations of such classic country songs as Hank Snow’s “I’m Moving On,” Merle Haggard’s “Are the Good Times Really Over?” and “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” the Kris Kristofferson-penned song made famous by such artists as Ray Stevens and Johnny Cash.
The new album will be available for download August 12; those who pre-order will get access to Travis’ cover of Marty Robbins’ “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” as an instant download—plus two more downloads each week until the album’s release.
In a statement about following up so soon with another album of influences, the 55-year-old singer said he had “no choice” but to release a second volume.
“There were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor,” Travis said.