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Randy Travis Health Improving: New Cover Album Confirmed as Tour Rumors Continue [UPDATE]

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Sep 09, 2013 06:39 PM EDT | James Knight

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Billy Ray Cyrus has a new health update for his follow country star, Randy Travis. Cyrus, who filmed the pilot episode for 'Evil Inclinations' alongside Travis, is offering up prayers for co-star. (Photo : Reuters)

Country superstar Randy Travis is still recovering from his near-death scare in July of this year. As the singer's health continues to improve, rumors of a new tour rise. Travis' website, RandyTravis.com, confirms reports of a new album.

His website reveals that, "Randy Travis is set to release his 21st studio album October 1st on Warner Bros. Records titled Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am."

There is no doubt that Randy Travis is one of the most influential country stars of all time. The six time Grammy award winning artist is best known for his mega hit songs: "Three Wooden Crosses," "Digging Up Bones" and the classic 1987 single, "Forever And Ever Amen."

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The legend's latest studio album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, aims to pay tribute to the singers/songwriters who made him into the man that he is. The upcoming cover album features Randy's take on tracks made famous by artists such as Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell and eight songs by Merle Haggard, as well as an original duet featuring Joe Nichols.

Speaking about his decision to make a tribute record, Randy wrote:

“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.”

Travis last release, 2011's 25th Anniversary Celebration Album, had the legend reliving some of the greatest hits of his past with the help of some of Country music's hottest new stars. This included acts like: The Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, as well as, Willie Nelson and Travis' own Influence the late George Jones.

Travis is currently recovering from a series of near fatal health problems, including a stroke and heart failure. Despite these issues, there have been some rumors that Travis might be planning a new tour soon. Broadwayworld.com even recently published an article claiming that the singer was scheduled to preform at the Ridgefield Playhouse over the weekend.

Where it's pretty much standard for an artist to tour in support of new albums, no other source has been able to confirm the performance, and it's likely the article in question was an error. There has been no official word from Travis on any possible tour dates any time soon.

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