43 Albums for the 43 Days Until the Election to Make America Cosmic Again and Unfuck Your Mind (Musically)
#8 Randy Travis Storms of Life
Easily the top vocal talent of his generation, and of the generations that have followed, Randy Travis brought the honky tonk stylings of George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, and Merle Haggard back into country at a time when bland pop was running rampant. Country fans immediately embraced him, and he became the genre's biggest star until the rise of Garth Brooks. Travis' debut might have come sooner had he not been repeatedly rejected by Nashville for being "too country".
When Warner Bros. finally got around to releasing Storms of Life, it went on to sell over four million copies, proving that there was still an audience for authentic country music--and a sizable one. Though his reign of the charts was later usurped by the scores of hat acts following in the wake of Garth Brooks, Travis kept making straight-up country--with a long string of gospel albums thrown in for good measure--never deviating from the traditions that influenced him. Storms of Life was an instant classic when it was released, and still gets bottles pourin' and boots stompin' whenever its played.