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Released: June 6, 1986

Rating: 4.750 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: country

Quotable: “the most impressive country debut of the ‘80s” – Mark A. Humphrey, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. On the Other Hand
  2. The Storms of Life
  3. My Heart Cracked But It Did Not Break
  4. Diggin’ Up Bones
  5. No Place Like Home
  6. 1982
  7. Send My Body
  8. Messin’ with My Mind
  9. Reasons I Cheat
  10. There’ll Always Be a Honky Tonk Somewhere


sales in U.S. only 3 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 85
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • On the Other Hand (8/31/85) #1 CW
  • 1982 (12/28/85) #6 CW, air: 1 m
  • Diggin’ Up Bones (8/16/86) #1 CW, air: 1 m
  • No Place Like Home (12/13/86) #2 CW, air: 1 m



Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Storms of Life
Randy Travis
“As a pioneer of Nashville s new traditionalist movement, North Carolina-born Randy Travis changed the face of country music and helped reconnect the genre with its authentic roots” ( “When Storms of Life’s singles were climbing the charts in 1986, they sounded like a miracle. After all, at the time, Randy Travis was just about the only young exemplar of traditional country you could hear on the radio” (Cantwell). “His first and best album features astonishing Lefty Frizzell-style pipes, excellent material, and sympathetic production. Easily the most impressive country debut of the ‘80s” (Humphrey) and “country’s first-ever multi-platinum album” (

Lead single On the Other Hand was “previously recorded by Keith Whitley on his 1985 album L.A. to Miami” (Wikipedia) and “charted at #67 on the Hot Country Songs chart upon its first release, [but] reached Number One on the same chart once it was re-released, following the #6-peaking 1982” (Wikipedia).

“Travis's first hits…helped put twang, briefly, back in the saddle, inspiring what was quickly dubbed the new traditionalist movement. So, yeah, this is an important album, but what’s really important here is Travis’ beautifully expressive and quivering baritone. On the bridge of No Place Like Home, he gets down on his knees and begs his wife to take him back in – and, with that voice, it’s no wonder he pulls it off” (Cantwell).

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Last updated May 13, 2008.