On This Date: Randy Travis Releases Hit Single “Diggin’ Up Bones” In 1986

Randy Travis, one of the best to ever do it.

The man lit a fire back in the ’80s and ’90s, rolling off hit after hit.

From “Forever And Ever, Amen,” “Deeper Than the Holler,” to “Three Wooden Crosses,” to “Diggin’ Up Bones,” Travis became one of the most iconic country music singers to ever walk the planet, with his unique voice and traditional sound.

So today, we recognize one of the songs that put the North Carolina native officially on the map:

“Diggin’ Up Bones”

Written by Paul Overstreet, Al Gore, and Nat Stuckey, he released the song as his third single from his Storms of Life album back on today’s date in 1986, and it quickly became his second number one hit on the US Billboard Country Chart, while also hitting number one on the Canadian Country Chart.

The song takes you through a wild night where Travis finally realizes that his woman is gone, and she’s never coming back. What does he do? He finds all of the things around his house that she left behind, and even talks to a picture of her until 4 AM.

His mixture of humor and relatability in the song quickly became a huge hit with fans.

So here’s to you, Mr. Travis. You blazed a trail for so many country artists who followed.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock