Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am

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

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2014
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624934882
  • Catalog Number: 544762
  • Sales rank: 8,066

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
Doug Sax Mastering
Bergen White Vocal Arrangements
Hank Williams Composer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Keith Gattis Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
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
Sanger Shafer Composer
Kevin Skolnicki Engineer
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