New music from Randy Travis, Craig Morgan, Kenny and Dolly

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"Influence: Vol. 1" features Randy Travis singing songs of some of the country artists that influenced his career.

“Influence: Vol. 1” features Randy Travis singing songs of some of the country artists that influenced his career.

Randy Travis is set to release his 21st studio album Oct. 1 on Warner Bros. Records titled “Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am.” Travis and his music has been a major influence to other country artists throughout his career thus far. In this album, Randy looks back at some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his career, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, among others.

Earlier this year, he released a duet with Joe Nichols paying tribute to his longtime friend George Jones, titled “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum.” Other songs on the album include Haggard’s “Someday We’ll Look Back,” “Big Butter and Egg Man,” “What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana,” “Ever Changing Woman” and “Pennies From Heaven,” Ernest Tubb’s “Thanks a Lot,” Lefty Frizzell’s “Saginaw, Michigan,” Waylon Jennings’ “(Because) You Asked Me To” and George Jones’ “Why Baby Why.”

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Kelly Pickler has a new single, “Little Bit Gypsy.” Here it at Kellie She’ll be in concert at Pickin’ in the Panhandle, Inwood, W.Va., in September.

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Charlie Daniels has released his previously released book to ebook readers via Kindle through and Apple iBooks. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia: Stories by Charlie Daniels,” is a collection of short stores and vintage photos. Peachtree Publishers originally released the hardback book in 1985. The book features a short biography, expanded stories of some of his songs, some originals featuring some eccentric characters, and “A Carolina Christmas Carol,” which Charlie reads to friends and family every Christmas Eve.

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Kenny Rogers will release a new album Oct. 8 titled “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” It will feature a reuniting of Kenny with Dolly Parton to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their top hit “Islands in the Stream.” The duo also collaborated on the album’s title track. The digital download of the title track single is available at iTunes and you can pre-order the album at The album is his first country release since the 2006 album “Water & Bridges.”

“I can honestly say this may be the best album I’ve ever recorded,” he said in a news release. “The musical diversity is extraordinary. It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to. In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music. We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I’ve ever had access to.”


Also, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, “What Are The Chances,” released today, Sept. 3, and his autobiography, “Luck or Something Like It,” will release in paperback Sept. 27. Kenny will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall.

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Justin Moore will perform a free public concert on Sept. 13 at the University of Arkansas, which will be sponsored by the Razorback Athletics as part of the Family Weekend and the first home game for the football team when they face off against Southern Mississippi the following day. Justin is an Arkansas native and, of course, a Razorback fan. He is working on his third studio album, “Off the Beaten Path,” and will be playing The Great Frederick Fair on Sept. 21.

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Jason Michael Carroll has a new single, “Close Enough.” Listen here: It’s about a guy with regrets, wanting to fix the love he messed up.

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Craig Morgan, now sporting a beard, has a new album that drops today, Sept. 3. Called “The Journey (Livin’ Hits),” it includes the new single “Wake Up Lovin’ You.” And some of his hits such as “This Ole Boy,” “International Harvester,” “Little Bit of Life,” “Tough,” “Redneck Yacht Club” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” Craig is the host and hunter of “All Access Outdoors.” He plays Rams Head Live in Baltimore Oct. 12.




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