Randy Travis to release new album August 19
Even as his health remains in question, and recent reports claim he is still unable to speak or sing following his 2013 stroke, Randy Travis has announced he will be releasing a new album August 19.
Like last year's first volume, "Influences Vol. 2: The Man I Am" is a collection of Randy's covers of classic country songs from such singers as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosdin, Hank Snow and Marty Robbins. Randy's publicist confirms the tracks were recorded prior to the singer's health crisis last year when he was hospitalized for viral cardiomyopathy, and subsequently suffered a stroke.
In a news release quote attributed to Randy, the singer says, "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.”
Randy's father, Harold Traywick, insists fans haven’t heard the last from his talented son. “He’s getting his voice back now, little by little,” Traywick says. Those close to the 55-year-old Randy insist he is getting better each day, but he still has a lot of work to do to recover fully.