Five Intriguing Facts About Restless Heart You Didn’t Know
We know that Restless Heart will be headlining at Pork n Hops on September 9, but we have uncorked five intriguing facts about the band you didn’t know.
Restless Heart’s heyday was definitely in the 80s when they were scoring a ton of country hits as well as a number of popular crossover hits. Catchy tunes and smooth vocals and amazing harmonies are the trademarks of the band. Here are five things that make us love Restless Heart even more.
The Line Up is the Same
The first thing you need to know is that even though Restless Heart’s line up has gone through changes through the years, today’s group looks exactly the same way as it did in 1984 when the band was signed by RCA records. Larry Stewart, John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Dave Innis, and Paul Gregg were all there in the beginning and they make up the band today. Although they didn’t stay together, they definitely all got back together and are still making some great music.
They Have a Ton of Hits
The second thing to know about Restless Heart is that they were a hit-making machine. Four of their albums were certified gold while putting 26 singles on the country charts including six number one hits and nine other top ten singles. Five of their hits also appeared on the pop or AC charts. Even casual fans should recognize titles like “Why Does It Have to Be Wrong or Right”, “The Bluest Eyes in Texas”, and “I’ll Still Be Loving You.”
Grammy-Nominated and Award Winning
Restless Heart has won numerous awards through the years. In addition to four Grammy nominations, seven Country Music Association nominations and four Academy of Country Music nominations, the band was named ‘Group of the Year’ by various entities in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1990.
Sports Instead of Music
Lead singer Larry Stewart almost did sports instead of music. Playing a lot of sports growing up, Stewart played college baseball on a scholarship at Belmont College in Nashville. Stewart credits his father’s influence for leading his transition from sports to music. His father was friendly with many classic gospel groups like the Statesmen, the Imperials, and the Blackwoods, and according to Larry – a great singer.
A Christmas Album
Restless Heart released a Christmas album in 2013 featuring a mix of original songs and holiday favorites like “O Holy Night”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “The Little Drummer Boy”, and “The Christmas Song.” Non-traditional songs on the album include “Old Toy Trains”, “Season of Harmony” and “Santa’s Prayer.”