Despite ongoing recovery from a stroke, Randy Travis has announced new music slated for release later this summer. The country singer’s latest album will be entitled “Influence Vol. 2", a follow up to Vol. 1, which arrived in stores last fall.
According to a MusicRow report on Wednesday, Randy Travis’ new album is scheduled to drop on August 19, with pre-order available now. Country fans who pre-order will be rewarded with one song instantly, receive two new tracks each week and have the opportunity to download the entire album on August 12.
The new album features Randy Travis doing covers of classic country artists whom he has admired. Radio.com reports that tracks include “That’s the Way Love Goes” and “Are the Good Times Really Over?” by Merle Haggard as well as “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “For the Good Times” by Kris Kristofferson.
Randy Travis has stated that honoring country greats of yesteryear is his way of paying it forward to future generations. Passing a baton from one generation to the next, musically, seems to be very important to the singer, who has not always been able to maintain a good role model status outside of his musical career.
Two years ago, Randy Travis had repeated run-ins with the law when he became publicly intoxicated and was also arrested for driving while intoxicated. Further complicating matters was his assault on a police officer. It’s quite possible that Randy Travis’ downfall was the result of stress. He and his wife of nearly twenty years divorced in 2010 and the singer later endured a lawsuit brought about when his ex-wife, still involved in his career by contract, sued him.
Following several legal battles, Randy Travis ended up suffering heart problems that led him to a physical therapy center. Before he could recover from those heart problems, however, the country star suffered a stroke.
Since the stroke in the summer of 2013, Randy Travis has barely been seen. He has stepped out to a few events in recent months, but there is still much speculation as to how far along he actually is in his recovery.
Randy Travis’ new album “Influence Vol. 2" may help stoke the embers of the singer’s career while he continues on the road to a full recovery.
A full track listing for “Influence Vol. 2" can be found at Taste of Country.