Fans of '80s and '90s country music have to know Restless Heart. The group had multiple No. 1 hits on the country charts and even some adult contemporary chart entries, such as "Tell Me What You Dream" and "When She Cries."
The country band was formed by Tim DuBois, a record producer and songwriter, who wanted to record demos of his songs. The original members consisted of John Dittrich, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis, Greg Jennings and Verlon Thompson. Thompson left the band before they released any music, so he was replaced with lead singer Larry Stewart. Some of the demos the band recorded went on to become big hits for other artists, such as "Love in the First Degree," a No. 1 hit for Alabama. (The song was written by Dubois and Jim Hurt.) After such secondhand successes, Restless Heart decided to officially pursue their own music together.
The group signed with RCA Records Nashville in 1984 and released their self-titled album the same year. Their first album had multiple top 10 hits including "Let the Heartache Ride," and "(Back to the) Heartbreak Kid." But the band's real success came a couple of years later with their second album, Wheels.
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Wheels had a staggering four consecutive number one hits on the country charts: "That Rock Won't Roll," "I'll Still Be Loving You," "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)," and "Wheels." "I'll Still Be Loving You" even charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Their next album didn't stop the momentum either. Big Dreams In A Small Town had two more No. 1's: "The Bluest Eyes In Texas" and "A Tender Lie."
The group released three subsequent albums together including Fast Movin' Train, but by Matters of the Heart in 1994, only Jennings, Gregg and Dittrich were involved. Everyone else scattered throughout the music world. Shortly after, the group officially disbanded.
A brief reunion came in 1998 when the band recorded a few new songs for their Greatest Hits compilation. But by 2002, the entire group was back together again. A couple of years later they signed with Koch Records and released Still Restless, featuring "Feel My Way to You," which hit No. 29 on the charts. 25 and Live was released a couple of years later exclusively through the band's website.
Check restlessheartband.com to see if one of their upcoming dates is near you!
This story originally ran on July 3, 2020.
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