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Country music was still recovering from its post-Urban Cowboy depression when a young North Carolinian with a well-seasoned baritone shook the Nashville establishment to its core. The year was 1986, the singer was Randy Travis and the album was his brilliant debut Storms of Life. Tinged with gospel shadings, his vocals brought to mind the honky-tonk balladry of Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard. He may have been poised to become country's Next Big Thing, but he sang with the understated emotional strength of a veteran artist. "On The Other Hand" earned Travis a deserved Number One single with its wistful balancing of desire and fidelity. "Diggin' Up Bones" and "1982" mixes regret and humor with masterful ease. Accenting these exceptional tracks was Kyle Lehning's production, favoring acoustic settings over Nashville glitz. Storms of Life remains a definitive album by one of country music's most unmistakable and essential voices.


Born: 04 May 1959 in Marshville, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like the Beatles in rock, Randy Travis marks a generational shift in country music. When his Storms of Life came out in 1986, country music was still wallowing in the post-urban cowboy recession, chasing elusive crossover dreams. Travis brought the music back to its basics, sounding like nothing so much as a perfect blend of George Jones and Merle Haggard. He became the dominant male voice in country until the rise of "hat acts" like Garth Brooks and Clint Black, releasing seven consecutive number...
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