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Randy Travis Health Update: New Album 'The Influence' Early Release Date and Pre-Order Info

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Sep 16, 2013 06:52 PM EDT | James Knight

Randy Travis

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)

Good news for Randy Travis fans! The singer's health is steadily improving and his new album, The Influence Vol 1, has announced an earlier release date. The record previously expected in stores on October 1st will be made available one day earlier on September 30th. Pre-orders are also now available on RandyTravis.com.

The highly anticipated cover album, from one of country music's most influential figures, can now be sampled on the singer's website. 30 seconds of all 12 tracks are streaming on the records pre-order page.

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The pre- order bundle offers the new record in both digital and CD format, as well as other collectible must-haves for die hard Travis fans, including:

Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am Print.
Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am T-Shirt and an Instant Download of the new song “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum (Duet with Joe Nichols)”

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.

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