No Holdin' Back

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No Holdin' Back
Studio album by Randy Travis
Released September 26, 1989
Genre Country
Length 31:52
Label Warner Bros. Nashville

Kyle Lehning

Randy Travis chronology
An Old Time Christmas
(1989)An Old Time Christmas1989
No Holdin' Back
Heroes & Friends
(1990)Heroes & Friends1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars [2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars [3]
Q 4/5 stars [4]
Robert Christgau B+ [5]

No Holdin' Back is the title of American country music singer Randy Travis's fifth studio album. It was released on September 26, 1989, by Warner Bros. Records Nashville. Three singles were released from it, all of which charted on the Hot Country Songs charts: the Number One hits "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart", as well as the #2 hit "He Walked on Water". "It's Just a Matter of Time" was previously a Number One hit for Brook Benton in 1959 on the R&B charts, and for Sonny James in 1970 on the country charts. Glen Campbell also had a #7-peaking rendition of the song in 1986.

The track "Somewhere in My Broken Heart" was co-written by Billy Dean, who would later cut it for his 1990 album Young Man and release it as that album's second single. Also included is a cover of "Singing the Blues", a song originally recorded by Marty Robbins.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mining For Coal" (Matraca Berg, Ronnie Samoset) - 3:08
  2. "Singing the Blues" (Melvin Endsley) - 2:19
  3. "When Your World Was Turning for Me" (Dallas Frazier, A. L. "Doodle" Owens) - 2:40
  4. "He Walked on Water" (Allen Shamblin) - 3:28
  5. "No Stoppin' Us Now" (Randy Travis) - 3:05
  6. "It's Just a Matter of Time" (Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks, Clyde Otis) - 3:59
  7. "Card Carryin' Fool" (Byron Hill, Tim Bays) - 2:27
  8. "Somewhere in My Broken Heart" (Billy Dean, Richard Leigh) - 3:16
  9. "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" (Hugh Prestwood) - 4:06
  10. "Have a Nice Rest of Your Life" (Verlon Thompson, Mark D. Sanders) - 3:24


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 33
Canadian RPM Top Albums 55
Preceded by
Killin' Time
by Clint Black
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 4, 1989 - April 1, 1990
Succeeded by
Killin' Time
by Clint Black


  1. ^ No Holdin' Back at AllMusic
  2. ^ Hurst, Jack (1989-09-28). "Randy Travis No Holdin' Back (Warner Bros.)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  3. ^ Hilburn, Robert (1989-09-24). "RANDY TRAVIS "No Holdin' Back" Warner Bros". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Rnady Travis - No Holdin' Back CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Randy Travis". Retrieved 2013-04-24.