Thursday, March 20, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Restless Heart

Artist:Restless Heart
Song:The Bluest Eyes in Texas
Album:Playlist: The Very Best of Restless Heart

Restless Heart had six consecutive number one country music hits in the 80s including The Bluest Eyes In Texas in 1988. I would describe their music as soft country rock. They are frequently compared to Eagles but I think they are closer to Air Supply. They split up in the 90s and reformed in 2002 and are still active today. The man behind Restless Heart was accountant turned songwriter Tim DuBois. He formed a band to record demos of his songs. They were lead singer Verlon Thompson, guitarist Greg Jennings, keyboard player Dave Innis, bassist Paul Gregg and drummer John Dittrich. He got them a deal with RCA Records and the band didn't even have a name. Thompson was soon replaced by Larry Stewart who went to school with Innis at Belmont University. They released their debut album Restless Heart in 1985. I Want Everyone To Cry was their first top ten country hit. They struck gold with the 1986 album Wheels and That Rock Won't Roll was the first of six consecutive number one country hits including the top 40 pop hit I'll Still Be Loving You. The Bluest Eyes in Texas was the fifth of those six number one hits. It was from the 1988 album Big Dreams in a Small Town. DuBois wrote the song with Dave Robbins and Van Stephenson who would go on to success as members of BlackHawk. They wrote several songs for Restless Heart. Stephenson said the song is about his high school girlfriend. Restless Heart continued to have success in the early 90s. Larry Stewart left in 1991 to go solo. He had a top five country hit with Alright Already. They didn't replace Stewart and Dittrich, Gregg and Innis alternated as lead singers on the 1992 CD Big Iron Horses. Then Innis left in 1993 and Restless Heart split up after the 1994 CD Matters of the Heart. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. Dittrich formed the short lived group The Buffalo Club and Jennings joined Vince Gill's band. Restless Heart reformed in 2002 and they recorded an album in 2004. They released a Christmas CD last fall and are currently on tour. Here's the video for The Bluest Eyes in Texas by Restless Heart.

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