By Kurt Wolff
Randy Travis is still recovering from the life-threatening health issues he suffered last year, and won’t be taking the stage anytime soon. Nonetheless, next month fans will get a new collection of his music.
Dropping Aug. 19, Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am is a new 13-song collection of Travis recordings. The set focuses on classic country songs that have made an impact on him over the years. It arrives less than a year after the similarly themed Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, which was released last fall.
“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,” Travis said in a press statement. “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.'”
Among the tracks on Influence: Vol. 2 are the Hank Snow classic “I’m Moving On,” Merle Haggard‘s “That’s the Way Love Goes” and “Are the Good Times Really Over?” (the latter of which appears to have also held influence over Miranda Lambert on her recent single) and Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “For the Good Times” (a song popularized by the late Ray Price).
Travis is currently recovering from his recent health issues, but he has made several public appearances this year. He appeared at a Neal McCoy concert in February, caught a Dolly Parton show in May, and in June he attended George Strait’s final concert in Texas.
“It was so great to have Randy Travis at my show!” Parton wrote in a note on her Tumblr page, after meeting with Travis backstage after her May 31 show. “Randy is one of my good friends and one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time. He was looking good and doing great!”
Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am drops on Aug. 19.
Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am track listing:
01: I’m Moving On
02: Set ‘Em Up Joe
03: Are The Good Times Really Over?
04: Nearly Lose Your Mind
05: There I’ve Said It Again
06: That’s The Way Love Goes
07: Sunday Morning Coming Down
08: Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
09: Mind Your Own Business
10: Only Daddy
11: For The Good Times
12: California Blues
13: Tonight I’m Playing Possum (Solo Version)