Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am

Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am

by Randy Travis


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2013
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624943273
catalogNumber: 535880
Rank: 191230

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Travis   Primary Artist
Steve Gibson   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Bill Cook   Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Lance Dary   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Steve Hinson   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Joe Manuel   Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Alan Umstead   Violin
Joe VanDyke   Keyboards
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Herb Shucher   Drums
Jon Mark Ivey   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Robb Houston   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Kira Small   Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
David Johnson   Fiddle
Pam Sixfin   Violin
Dave Davidson   Violin
Conni Ellisor   Violin
Rick Wayne "LD" Money   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Randy Travis   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Chuck Howard   Composer
Dave Kirby   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Producer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Bergen White   Vocal Arrangements
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Keith Gattis   Composer
Joe Nichols   Duet
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Don Sessions   Composer
Percy Venable   Composer
Don Wayne   Composer
Casey Wood   Engineer
Jordan Lehning   Engineer
Eddie Miller   Composer
David Kirby   Composer
Ryan Carr   Engineer
Rick Wayne "LD" Money   Tic Tac
Kevin Sokolnicki   Engineer
Donald Wayne Choate   Composer
Terry Heitland   Backline Technician
Robert Harrer   Backline Technician

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