Storms of Life

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Storms of Life
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 2, 1986
StudioEmerald Sound Studio, GroundStar Lab, Morning Star Studio, Sound Stage Studio, Nashville, TN
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
ProducerKyle Lehning
Keith Stegall
Randy Travis chronology
Storms of Life
Always & Forever
Singles from Storms of Life
  1. "On the Other Hand"
    Released: July 29, 1985
  2. "1982"
    Released: December 2, 1985
  3. "Diggin' Up Bones"
    Released: August 4, 1986
  4. "No Place Like Home"
    Released: November 24, 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Chicago Tribunefavorable link
Robert ChristgauB+ link
Rolling Stonefavorable link

Storms of Life is the debut studio album by country music star Randy Travis, and was released on June 2, 1986, by Warner Bros. Records Nashville. Certified 3× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for American shipments of three million copies.[1] it features the singles "On the Other Hand" (previously recorded by Keith Whitley on his 1985 album L.A. to Miami), "1982", "Diggin' up Bones" and "No Place Like Home". Although "On the Other Hand" charted at number 67 on the Hot Country Songs charts upon its initial release, the song reached number one on the same chart once it was re-released, following "1982" which peaked at number six. "Diggin' up Bones" also reached number one, while "No Place Like Home" peaked at number two.

"There'll Always Be a Honky Tonk Somewhere" was later recorded by Daron Norwood for his second album Ready, Willing and Able.

The 35th anniversary edition of the album was released on 24 September 2021. The anniversary edition includes remastered versions of the original ten tracks, as well as three previously unreleased songs ("Ain't No Use", "The Wall" and "Carryin' Fire"), labelled "From the Vault".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "On the Other Hand" (Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz) - 3:06
  2. "The Storms of Life" (Max D. Barnes, Troy Seals) - 2:45
  3. "My Heart Cracked (But It Did Not Break)" (Ronny Scaife, Don Singleton, Phil Thomas)- 2:20
  4. "Diggin' Up Bones" (Al Gore, Overstreet, Nat Stuckey) - 3:01
  5. "No Place Like Home" (Overstreet) - 4:08
  6. "1982" (Buddy Blackmon, Vip Vipperman) - 2:59
  7. "Send My Body" (Randy Travis) - 3:02
  8. "Messin' with My Mind" (Joseph Allen, Charlie Williams) - 3:07
  9. "Reasons I Cheat" (Travis) - 4:23
  10. "There'll Always Be a Honky Tonk Somewhere" (Steve Clark, Johnny MacRae) - 3:13


All tracks produced by Kyle Lehning, except "On the Other Hand" and "Reasons I Cheat", produced by Lehning and Keith Stegall.




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Randy Travis – Storms of Life". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 29, 2020.