Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen has received high honors from his native Lone Star State. The award-winning singer/songwriter/producer has been inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and named an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry. Oak Ridge Boys members Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban shared the spotlight by being proclaimed as honorary Texans.
The 17th annual celebration was held in Carthage, Texas and included a special concert by The Oak Ridge Boys along with free tours of the Hall of Fame museum which features an exhibit on Duane Allen’s extraordinary life and musical journey with the Oaks. Texas Country Music Hall of Fame founder Tommie Ritter Smith describes the inclusion of all four Oaks members into the induction ceremony as a reflection of Allen’s heart and East Texas roots. “He’s the one that was being inducted. But, he wanted all of the other members to be honored right along with him. So, The Oak Ridge Boys were proudly named honorary Texans,” she explains.
Duane Allen says, “I am still in the after-glow of a very overwhelming event in my life. It is a huge honor, and I am humbled to the core of my soul with this induction. My first emotional moment was when I walked into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Less than a few feet inside, I had to just stop and gather my feelings. Every emotional fiber of my body was saying, ‘WOW!!!’ ” He adds, “Then, I was walked around to my exhibit. I had no idea what would be there. I’d requested that it be a total surprise, and it was my wife, Norah Lee, Kathy Harris, in our office, and Jim Halsey, our manager, who supplied all of the memories for my exhibit. Rusty Summerville organized all of the items. I was emotionally overcome when I saw it all."
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The new album from country music icon, Randy Travis, Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am is available for download on iTunes starting today. While getting ready for the official release set for next Tuesday, August 19th on Warner Bros. Records, fans can get the collection of covers online a week early and also take a look at a series of concept videos created in anticipation of the release. The album had exclusively streamed in its entirety on Rolling Stone Country as well.
Throughout his celebrated career, Travis and his music have been a major influence to other country artists, while on Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am, Travis pays homage to some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career.
“We had such a great time putting together Influence Vol. 1, but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor. We had no choice but to release a second volume. The “Influence” that the older, great ones had on me, and the “Influence” that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered—and, His will done—it is what makes me, “the man I am.”
– Randy Travis
RANDY TRAVIS Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am TRACK LISTING:
I’m Moving On
Set ‘Em Up Joe
Are The Good Times Really Over?
Nearly Lose Your Mind
There I’ve Said It Again
That’s The Way Love Goes
Sunday Morning Coming Down
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
Mind Your Own Business
For The Good Times
Tonight I'm Playing Possum (Solo Version)