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by Jim Allen

November 6, 2013

It's Randy Travis' World (We're Just Living In It)

by Jim Allen  |  November 6, 2013

Randy Travis' recent brush with death set his stellar career in stark relief, reminding the world just how much Travis has contributed to country music and making us grateful that he's still around. It's ironic that the single from Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, the excellent new album released just a few months later, was the George Jones tribute "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum." Jones' death left Travis as one of the last hard-living, over-the-edge, candle-burning-at-both-ends characters in country -- thank God he's survived it thus far. At this point, Travis could be considered country's own Frank Sinatra: a one-of-a-kind voice and larger-than-life persona looming regally over the rest. Having thus established Travis' position as sultan of his sphere, let's look into his world, with some classics from his own canon as well as crucial cuts from his inspirations, co-conspirators and disciples.

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