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Contemporary songs about folks beseeching a higher power for guidance, redemption and strength -- that's the Inspirational Journey country superstar Randy Travis explores in this low-key but powerful foray into the spiritual realm. Working with his longtime producer Kyle Lehning, Travis lets his powerful baritone and delicate phrasing carry forward his messages of faith while Lehning blends electric and acoustic instruments together so subtly the whole affair has the casual feel of front-porch testifying on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The album opener, "Shallow Water," sets the tone with its a cappella chorus and restrained instrumental backing rife with echoes of bluegrass and traditional country all at once. "Dr. Jesus" finds an overt plea for help from the son of God delivered as a honky tonk-style ballad. On the Travis/Chip Taylor collaboration "The Carpenter," Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter's emotionally charged readings and Steve Gibson's portentous electric guitar fills lend an air of urgency to an otherwise gentle song, and the contrast is gripping. Inspirational Journey is a triumph for Randy Travis, both as musical statement and personal testimony. He's rarely been better, and that's saying something.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsRandy Travis Primary Artist,Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Marty Stuart Mandolin
Waylon Jennings Vocals
Jessi Colter Vocals
Larry Byrom Acoustic Guitar
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar
Thomas Flora Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Doyle Grisham Steel Guitar
David Hungate Bass
Paul Leim Drums
Chris Leuzinger Electric Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Terry McMillan Harmonica,Percussion
Steve Nathan Piano
Cindy Richardson Background Vocals
Hank Singer Fiddle,Mandolin
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar
Robby Turner Steel Guitar
Billy Joe Walker Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Jason Lehning Omnichord
Kevin Carroll Background Vocals
Jimmy Cox Keyboards
Shirley Settles Background Vocals
Technical CreditsRandy Travis Arranger
Kyle Lehning Producer,Engineer
John Newton Composer
Eric Prestidge Engineer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Toby Seay Engineer
Steve Tillisch Engineer
Koji Egawa Engineer
Janice Azrak Art Direction
Kim Tribble Composer
Bobby Whiteside Composer
Amy Hughes Frigo Engineer
Barry Landis Executive Producer
Thomas Johnson Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Inspirational Journey based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I always love country music and now that I only listen to gospel I am so happy to hear these touching music from Randy.
Not a Randy Travis fan until NOW! This CD touched a tender place of the heart. I've purchased 4 so far. Every person has been awed by it as a particular song speaks to them. Buy it...hurry...it's going fast.
I've been a Randy Travis fan since he first made his appearance on Nasvhille Now, and have followed his music ever since. I have to say he just keeps getting better. Gospel is something different for Randy and I really enjoy the different style that he's chosen to do here. I usually don't care for Gospel music much, but with Randy's voice behind the music, it makes that much difference to me. It's definetly a different project for Randy but a good one.
Wonderful!!!! Reminds of my childhood and makes me want to praise the Lord.
This CD is definitely a hit for anyone who enjoys a variety of new spiritual songs sung by the deep voice of Randy Travis. The tempos may change from song to song, but each speaks to the heart with a message. I look forward to hearing more.