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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.

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.

Country stars react to George Jones’ passing

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It’s been a tragic few days for country music stars and country fans. The legendary George Jones passed away in a Nashville hospital, and country stars have reacted in shock and sadness over the loss of an icon. See what some of your favorite stars have said about the great George Jones:

 

Brad Paisley:

“George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place.  How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again.  That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks.  How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know.  And one of the greatest friends you could ever have.

We miss you already, George.

Brad”

Dolly Parton:

“My heart is absolutely broken.  George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.  My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends.”

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts:

“He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes.”

Merle Haggard:

“The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.” 

Easton Corbin:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”

Blake Shelton (via Twitter):

Just landed in LA. Listened to “The King Is Gone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” over and over again just like always. Can’t accept it. Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…

Kelly Clarkson (via Twitter):

Sad to hear about George Jones passing. That man touched a lot of lives with his music. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us. #RIPGeorgeJones

Read more reactions and quotes below:

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Tim Culpepper

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Nashville recording artist Tim Culpepper is one heck of a country artist who truly emulates the definition of old-time, honkytonk country. His road to Nashville started with a simple request from his father, country entertainer/musician Forest (Curly) Culpepper, to take his gift to Music City.

There is no doubt that Tim’s family, complete with many accomplished singers and musicians, shaped the singer and songwriter Tim has become. Other influences, including George Strait and Keith Whitley, helped to create and maintain an interest and appreciation for a traditional, raw sound that is evident in his music.

Looking ahead to the release of his debut album, just days away, Tim is enjoying the success of his current single “Ghost,” which has spent twenty weeks on the Music Row chart.

Tim took the time to answer some questions for us via email. He discusses his forthcoming album, what he appreciates about country music and gives readers insight into the down-to-earth musician and man that he truly is.

The Cuteness Of Kimberly Perry

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The thing about being in an all-family band is that your band mates are bound to have lots and lots of pictures of you.  And they might get around to sharing those pictures.  Such is the case with The Band Perry and this cute pic of a young Kimberly Perry.

The picture was posted on TBP’s Facebook page.  We don’t know if it was put up by Neil, Reid or even by Kimberly herself.  What we do know is that it shows that Kimberly knew what she wanted to do from even a super-young age.  The caption on the pic says:  “Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting Miss Kimberly Perry (at age 5). :)”

Kimberly is now 28, which means the pic was taken about 23 years ago.  That puts us at around 1989.  That means she could be singing Garth Brooks’“If Tomorrow Never Comes,” or “Deeper than The Holler” by Randy Travis or, and this would be kinda funny, Dolly Parton’s “Why’d Ya Come In Her Lookin’ Like That.”