Storms of Life

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Storms of Life
Studio album by Randy Travis
Released June 6, 1986
Genre Country
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Kyle Lehning
Keith Stegall
Randy Travis chronology
Randy Traywick
(1978)Randy Traywick1978
Storms of Life
Always & Forever
(1987)Always & Forever1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune favorable link
Robert Christgau B+ link
Rolling Stone favorable link

Storms of Life is the debut studio album by country music star Randy Travis, and was released on June 6, 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.

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) - 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.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Albums 61
US Billboard Top Country Albums 1
US Billboard 200 85
Preceded by
by George Strait
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 9–30, 1986
Succeeded by
Montana Cafe
by Hank Williams, Jr.
Preceded by
Black & White
by Janie Fricke
Top Country Albums number-one album
October 11 - November 1, 1986
Succeeded by
Guitar Town
by Steve Earle
Preceded by
Rockin' with the Rhythm
by The Judds
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
Always & Forever
by Randy Travis


  1. ^ David Malitz (11 July 2013). "Randy Travis: 'Storms of Life' launched the career of one of country's biggest stars". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2014.