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Randy Travis to release new album Influence Vol 1

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Country music legend Randy Travis has announced plans to release a brand new album this October. “Influence: Vol 1 – The Man I Am” will be his 21st studio album, and he’ll be paying tribute to his musical heroes on the tracks.

About his new record on Warner Music Nashville, and his musical heroes, Randy said:

“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.  They are the reason I chose to make this album.”

Earlier this year, Travis released a duet with Joe Nichols paying tribute to his longtime friend, George Jones, titled “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” which he debuted at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in June.

Check out the official album cover and track list below:

UPDATE: Randy Travis survives surgery

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We have an update since news broke last night about Randy Travis. He’s survived emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after suffering a stroke last night. The stroke was a complication from his congestive heart failure from his viral cardiomyopathy. Randy, 54, was showing signs of improvement before the stroke.

His doctors addressed the media still listing Randy in critical condition. His family and friends are continuing their vigil at The Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas and continue to thank fans and ask for more prayers and support.

Country stars have been sending their love to Randy through Twitter over the last few days:

Keith Urban: Sending healing strength and love to you this morning @randytravis -KU

Scotty McCreery:My thoughts and prayers are with @randytravis today. Praying for a great recovery for a true Country music and North Carolina legend!

Reba McEntire: Big prayers going up for Randy Travis.

Rodney Atkins: Just heard @randytravis had a stroke and is in surgery. Praying for Randy, the medical staff and his family. #PrayForRandy

We will continue to update fans as we get official news and statements.

Randy Travis suffers stroke; in surgery

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A sad update tonight on the status of country icon Randy Travis. As a complication of his congestive heart failure, he has suffered a stroke, his publicist has told us, and is currently in surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He remains in critical condition and his family is asking for prayers and support as they wait by his side at the Texas hospital.

We will continue to update you with official information as it becomes available.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Randy, his friends, and his family.

UPDATE: Randy Travis NOT in surgery

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Contrary to reports on other outlets, Randy Travis did NOT have heart surgery, his publicist said in a statement yesterday. He is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy at a Texas hospital and underwent placement of an IMPELLA peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals.

He remains in critical condition today.

Fans wanting to send in cards and well wishes for Randy can do so by mailing them to:

Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, Texas 76271

Randy Travis is best known for “I Told You So,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” and “Deeper Than the Holler”. Our thoughts remain with Randy, his friends, and family at this time. We’re praying for a quick recovery.

Randy Travis in Critical Condition

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Country superstar, Randy Travis, was recently diagnosed with Viral Cardiomyopathy, which is a weakening of the heart muscles caused by a viral infection. Recent reports indicate that Randy was taken to a Texas hospital yesterday, where he is said to be in critical condition due to complications related to his diagnosis.

We will, of course, keep all of our readers updated on Randy’s condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Randy for a speedy recovery.

Randy Travis sentenced to Rehab

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Our friends at TMZ sent us some news on the Randy Travis drunk driving case this morning. According to TMZ, Randy was sentenced to 180 days in jail last year after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge, but he won’t actually serve the time behind bars. He was given a probated sentence for two years, so if Randy avoids trouble with the law for two years then he’ll have served his time. If he does find himself in trouble again, however, he’ll have to serve the 180 days.

TMZ also reports that Randy must spend 30 days in a rehab facility for his alcohol problem and serve 100 hours of community service. He also needs to install an ignition interlock device on all of his vehicles for the next two years. The device requires a breath test from the driver to make sure he isn’t under the influence of alcohol when behind the wheel, before the car will turn on.

Read the full story over at TMZ and let us know what you think.

Randy Travis Hospitalized After Fight

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According to a breaking story on TMZ, Randy Travis was hospitalized after a fight in a Texas church parking lot early this morning. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that they responded to a call about a fight at 1 am local time, and both men were taken to hospital. The source told TMZ that Randy appeared to be “highly intoxicated” and that the fight was over a girl.

This isn’t Randy’s first run-in with law enforcement this month: he was arrest for driving while intoxicated after he was found naked at the scene of a car accident. He was also arrested for public intoxication back in February when he was found on the steps to a different church.

TMZ has been unsuccessful in attempts to reach Travis at this time.

Randy Travis Arrested For DWI

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Randy Travis is having a bit of a rough year. TMZ has reported that police found Randy lying naked outside of his crashed car last night in Texas. They arrested him for DWI and for making threads against the cops. Travis was said to have threatened to shoot and kill the cops who arrested him for driving drunk, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office. This was after Travis was put inside the cop car. Travis was taken to jail – in his birthday suit – and was given a shirt and some paper clothes once he arrived there.

According to the GCSO, TMZ is reporting that the officers received a call at 11:18 PM from a person stating there was a man lying in the road. When the troopers arrived on the scene, they found Travis had driven his 1998 Pontiac Trans Am off the road and slammed into several barricades in a construction zone.

The country singer refused to take a breathalyzer on the scene, so blood was drawn to determine his BAC.

This is Travis’ 2nd arrest this year. In February, Randy was arrested for public intoxication for allegedly drinking in front of a Baptist church. According to the police report, Randy said he had just gotten into a fight with his girlfriend.

Randy Travis Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Tour This Week

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Randy Travis is celebrating his 25 years in country music with the people who made it possible for the legend to have such longevity:  His fans.  The Grand Ole Opry member is taking his music on the road with stops all across North America.  The silver anniversary tour starts Feb. 10 in Grand Ronde , OR and will make at least 30 more stops along the way.  (For a complete list of tour dates, visit his website here.)

The tour is the latest part of the party celebrating Travis’ milestone.  In June, Warner Bros. Records released of the Anniversary Celebration album.  The 17-track album features guest artists who teamed with Travis to cover his classic tracks and some original offerings.   The guest singers include Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Carrie Underwood, George Jones, Zac Brown Band, Lorrie Morgan, Jamey Johnson and many more.

Travis has had 18 #1 singles and 29 top-10 hits.  His lifetime sales are more than 20 million, making him one of country music’s biggest sellers of all time.  His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards and five Country Music Association honors.

You’d think that after 25 years in the business, there wouldn’t be anything new for Travis to experience.  Not true.  What you’re about to read is from a first for him:  His first interview session via conference call!  It may have been foreign territory for Travis, but he sounded relaxed as he talked about the upcoming tour, changes in the making of music and if he’s finally embracing technology:

Randy Travis Going In New Direction For 2012

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Randy Travis is really bringing in the “new” in New Year. The legendary country music singer is stepping out into 2012 with a brand new management team with a brand new direction. One of country music’s best-selling artists of all-time, Randy announced that he will now have the help of Ken Levithan, of Vector Management, and Jeff Davis, of SUM Management. Ken is the high-powered management force behind some of the biggest acts in music history, including Lynyrd Skynyd, Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, The Fray, Kings Of Leon, and Emmylou Harris. The partnership of Vector Management and SUM Management to drive Randy’s career will still be assisted by CAA’s Marc Dennis.

Announcements of some major career initiatives will be coming from Randy’s new team. He celebrated his 25th anniversary of his career in the music industry last year.