Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2013
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624943273
  • Catalog Number: 535880
  • Sales rank: 11,703

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
Doug Sax Mastering
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
Robert Hadley Mastering
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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