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Travis bares his influences

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – Randy Travis will explore his musical influences again.

The singer, who had a major health scare in 2012, is out with "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am" on Aug. 19 on Warner.

Fans who pre-order the album will get"Don't Worry 'Bout Me" as an instant download. Two more songs will be available each week following the pre-order, including "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line" on July 29 and "That's The Way Love Goes," on Aug. 5. People can also download the full album online on Aug. 12.

On "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am," Travis again pays homage to some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career. The first volume dropped in 2012.

"We had such a great time putting together 'Influence Vol. 1,' but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor. We had no choice but to release a second volume. The 'Influence' that the older, great ones had on me, and the "Influence" that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God's way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered-and, His will done-it is what makes me, "the man I am," Travis said.

Songs on the CD are:
1. I'm Moving On
2. Set 'Em Up Joe
3. Are The Good Times Really Over?
4. Nearly Lose Your Mind
5. There I've Said It Again
6. That's The Way Love Goes
7. Sunday Morning Coming Down
8. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
9. Mind Your Own Business
10. Only Daddy
11. For The Good Times
12. California Blues
13. Tonight I'm Playing Possum (Solo Version)

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Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
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