The latest video from Randy Travis showcases the legendary singer’s vocals on a cover of the 1961 Marty Robbins hit “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me.” It’s a track from Travis’ Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am, which will be released August 19th. The clip opens with a woman who is shown strolling through a field, then by a crystal-clear stream. Contemplating the complexities of romance, she plays “he loves me, he loves me not” and lets the flower petals drift away, presumably with a raft of bittersweet memories.
Recorded prior to the stroke Travis suffered in 2013, while in the hospital being treated for viral cardiomyopathy, Influence Vol. 2 also contains the “Forever and Ever Amen” singer’s distinctive versions of classic hits from Vern Gosdin, Waylon Jennings, Hank Snow, Merle Haggard and more.
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The original Marty Robbins single, titled simply “Don’t Worry,” featured the in-demand electric guitar of session musician Grady Martin, and captured one of the first-ever instances of guitar distortion to be released on record. The accidental effect, according to backing singers the Jordanaires, was courtesy of a blown tube in Martin’s amplifier. Martin hated it but producer Don Law reportedly decided it should stay on the track. The tune – distortion and all – would eventually go on to spend 10 weeks at Number One on the country chart.
The Randy Travis version of “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” is available as an instant download for those who pre-order Influence Vol. 2.