Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am

Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am

by Randy Travis


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Like the first volume which was also recorded in 2012, Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am doesn't offer much in the way of surprises, but nobody would want a curveball from Randy Travis on an album like this, anyway. Compared to the 2013 set, this 2014 album doesn't lean so heavily on Merle Haggard -- he's still present in a nice version of "Are the Good Times Really Over," plus covers of Lefty Frizzell's "That's the Way Love Goes" and Jimmie Rodgers' "California Blues" -- and he also tips his hat to such early titans as Hank Snow ("I'm Movin' On") and Ernest Tubb ("You Nearly Lose Your Mind"), not to mention such progressive mavericks as Waylon Jennings ("Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line") and Kris Kristofferson, whose "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "For the Good Times" are both here (the former is set to a nice bit of Johnny Cash train-track rhythms). Travis sounds relaxed but invested and, similarly, his band is professional but not without flair, always pointing the spotlight at the singer and occasionally easing into a tasteful solo. That casualness is the appeal of Influence, Vol. 2: he makes it sound easy when you know damn well it isn't.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2014
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624934882
catalogNumber: 544762

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
Clayton Ivey   Hammond B3
Joe Manuel   Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Alan Umstead   Violin
Joe VanDyke   Keyboards
Bergen White   Strings,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
Pam Sixfin   Violin
David Johnson   Fiddle
Dave Davidson   Violin
Conni Ellisor   Violin
Rick Wayne "LD" Money   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Vern Gosdin   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Producer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Bergen White   Vocal Arrangements
Hank Williams   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Keith Gattis   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Casey Wood   Engineer
Jordan Lehning   Engineer
Ivy J. Bryant   Composer
David Mann   Composer
Ryan Carr   Engineer
Rick Wayne "LD" Money   Tic Tac
Terry Heitland   Backline Technician
Robert Harrer   Backline Technician
Kevin Skolnicki   Engineer

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