Randy Travis is still on the mend from the very serious health emergencies he suffered this summer — in fact, he's only been out of the hospital for a few weeks. While he's on the mend, however, fans will be happy to know that a new album is still on track to hit the streets this fall.
Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, a 13-song covers set, will be released October 1. The tracklisting includes tunes from artists that Travis was inspired by over the years, including such classic names as George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, and more. There's also a duet with Joe Nichols, "Tonight I'm Playing Possum," which dedicated fans have likely already heard and which pays tribute to his late, great friend Jones.
"When I think of my musical heroes of yesteryear or the younger stars of this year, I am reminded that it is true we learn from the ones ahead of us, and teach the ones that follow," Travis noted in a statement. "They are the reason I chose to make this album."
Travis's last musical project was 2011's 25th Anniversary Celebration. He has suffered a debilitating string of personal, legal, and health-related troubles over the past few years; including a divorce from his longtime wife and manager, multiple high-profile alcohol-related arrests, and the heart problems and subsequent stroke that hospitalized him in grave condition in July. At the end of last month, he was released from the hospital to continue recovery at a physical therapy facility. His doctors estimate it will take many months before he is fully 100% back to health.