Top Album Charts

Year Album Chart Peak
1985 Restless Heart Top Country Albums
1986 Wheels Top Country Albums
1987 Wheels Top 200
1988 Big Dreams In A Small Town Top 200
1988 Big Dreams In A Small Town Top Country Albums
1990 Fast Movin’ Train Top 200
1990 Fast Movin’ Train Top Country Albums
1991 The Best Of Restless Heart Top 200
1991 The Best Of Restless Heart Top Country Albums
1992 Big Iron Horses Top 200
1992 Big Iron Horses Top Country Albums
1998 Greatest Hits Top Country Albums

Singles Charts

Year Single Chart
1985 (Back To The) Heartbreak Kid Hot Country Singles
1985 I Want Everyone To Cry Hot Country Singles 10
1985 Let The Heartache Ride Hot Country Singles 23
1986 Till I Loved You Hot Country Singles 10
1986 That Rock Won’t Roll Hot Country Singles 1
1986 I’ll Still Be Loving You Hot Country Singles 1
1987 I’ll Still Be Loving You Adult Contemporary 3
1987 I’ll Still Be Loving You Hot 100 33
1987 Wheels Hot Country Singles 1
1987 Why Does It Have To Be Wrong Or Right Hot Country Singles 1
1987 Why Does It Have To Be Wrong Or Right Adult Contemporary 11
1988 The Bluest Eyes In Texas Hot Country Singles 1
1988 A Tender Lie Hot Country Singles 1
1989 Big Dreams In A Small Town Hot Country Singles 3
1989 Say What’s In Your Heart Hot Country Singles 4
1989 Fast Movin’ Train Hot Country Singles 4
1990 Dancy’s Dream Hot Country Singles 5
1990 Long Lost Friend Hot Country Singles 16
1990 When Somebody Loves You Hot Country Singles 21
1991 You Can Depend On Me Hot Country Singles 3
1992 Familiar Pain Hot Country Singles 40
1992 When She Cries Hot Country Singles 9
1992 When She Cries Adult Contemporary 2
1992 When She Cries Hot 100 11
1992 When She Cries Top40 Mainstream 4
1993 Big Iron Horses Hot Country Singles 74
1993 Mending Fences Hot Country Singles 13
1993 We Got The Love Hot Country Singles 11
1998 No End To This Road Hot Country Singles 33

Restless Heart has earned numerous awards and nominations over the last 20 years. Below is a listing of awards and accomplishments.

At A Glance

  • Four time Grammy nominees
  • Seven time CMA (Country Music Association) nominees
  • 4 time ACM (Academy of Country Music) nominees


  • Gold Record Award – Fast Movin’ Train
  • CMA Nomination – Group of the Year


  • Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year
  • Gold Record Award – Big Dreams In A Small Town
  • CMA Nomination – Group of the Year
  • Grammy Nomination – Country Group


  • Gold Record Award – Wheels
  • Radio & Records Country Group of the Year
  • Country Music Association nomination Group of the Year
  • Academy of Country Music nomination Group of the Year
  • Grammy nomination Country Group


  • Radio & Records Country Group of the Year
  • Billboard Country Group of the Year
  • CMA Nomination – Horizon Award
  • CMA Nomination Group of the Year
  • Grammy Nomination – Country Group
  • Grammy Nomination – Country Song of the Year “I’ll Still Be Loving You”


  • Cash Box Country Group of the Year


  • Cash Box Most Promising Country Group of the Year
LarryPlays: Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Birthday: March 2nd
Musical Influences: His father
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Though Larry Stewart was exposed to music early on, it was sports that initially captured his attention. After receiving a baseball scholarship to Nashville’s Belmont College, Larry, whose father had passed away from a heart condition, found music as a way to close the gap he was feeling without his dad.

“In some ways, I moved to Nashville to live out my father’s dream,” admits Larry Stewart of what was to become his musical destiny. “When I got here, there were all kinds of people who valued musical talent–and I found myself slowly fitting into the music business.”

“The way I act is very normal. I just do what I do and let it go at that,” explains the soft-spoken vocalist. “It comes from growing up in a small town where the people respected each other and looked after each other. The values I learned there pretty much shape the way I look at the world around me.

“I had a pretty basic childhood. My parents loved me and I was around music from the first day I remember. My dad was a great singer and as I got older, I played piano for him, but I also played a lot of sports. They gave me support with whatever I did. They taught me lessons and gave me the tools to seek my dreams.”

“Being in Restless Heart showed me how powerful music can be,” Stewart says, defining his motivations. “I always knew how much it moved me–and there I saw it did the same thing to other people. To me, you need to sing songs for more than yourself. Making records is a privilege. I think you need to find songs that might give people a little insight into their own lives. Or give them words they may not have to tell the people they care for how they’re feeling.

“Let’s face it, he adds, with a laugh, “most guys aren’t real comfortable talking about their emotions in everyday conversation. I know I’m not!”

And so, Larry Stewart makes records. Over the years, many of the songs he’s sung have become standards. But for someone with a rich musical background, it makes sense. “My dad was one of the best singers I’ve ever heard, because he had this smooth, very warm baritone and sounded like Bing Crosby. But when he sang, it was like he was talking to you–it was conversational.

“He was friendly with Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires and the Imperials. All those old classic gospel groups: the Statesmen, the Prophets, the Blackwoods–I was around all of them growing up. I remember going to singings, that’s what we called them, with the Happy Goodman Family.”

By the time he moved to Nashville, Stewart’s rich musical foundation was firmly in place. When he decided to make the transition from sports to music he, like so many hopefuls, had his share of menial Music Row jobs. He was a stock clerk at the Country Music Hall of Fame, mowed grass at performing rights administrators BMI and ran tape copies at MCA Music. It was while working at MCA that longtime family friend Jerry Crutchfield coaxed Stewart into singing a few demos for his brother Jan.

The word quickly spread about the young man with a voice that mixed strength and intimacy with a honest raggedness that made him real. Suddenly, Stewart was an in-demand demo singer–and it wasn’t long until destiny came knocking in the form of Tim DuBois, who was putting together a band called Restless Heart. It was a group marked as much by the quality of the songs they sang as their lush vocal harmonies.

“Two people searching for the American dream/Doing the best we can do/There ain’t much glamour, glitter and gold/It’s an uphill battle if the truth be told/This is a real life love/It ain’t perfect, but it’s close enough,” he sings on “Real Life Love,” of his album Heart Like A Hurricane. In that moment, it’s crystal clear why millions of people have clamored to hear him sing love songs over the years.

Though he believes that his strong suit is as a vocalist, Stewart is also an accomplished writer. In addition to penning “Long Lost Friend” for Restless Heart, he’s also contributed “But I Will” to Faith Hill’s debut, “Fool To Fall” as a single for Pearl River and “This Road” to Mike Reid’s critically acclaimed Twilight Town.

Though he’s reluctant to call himself a romantic (“I’m not sure it’s what you do, but more how you feel–and my family knows how I feel about them”), he does admit that every song he sings is something that speaks to people with his intense passion for music and emotion.

“To me, commitment is everything. Life isn’t easy; love isn’t easy,” he begins outlining his motivations. “But, if you’re committed and you stick with it, then it will work out. “I made a commitment to my family, my friends, country music and, especially, myself. Without that, there’s nothing–and it takes commitment to tough it out through the hard times. But you gotta.

“If you make a commitment, you have to carry it through. Maybe that’s where integrity comes in. At least, that’s what I hope for and work towards. And at the end of the day, you know you gave it your all, whatever it is. If that’s the case, then you have to feel good, because you’ve done what you believe in. That, to me, is what it’s all about.”

Dave-Innis-headshotPlays: Keyboards, Vocals
Birthday: April 9th
Musical Influences: All groups whose name end with the letter “S”

Dave Innis is the keyboardist and an original member of the critically acclaimed vocal group Restless Heart, a band that heralds six Grammy nominations, five CMA nominations, as well as winners of Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year Award; the group also has five Gold Records on RCA.  In addition to being a well-respected keyboardist, Dave is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and producer.

A natural performer, Dave began playing at the age of six, with classical training alongside older brother, Steve.   Taught by their mother, Betty, the boys grew up practicing piano daily, listening to Betty’s lessons with her other piano students, and playing records from their favorite artists ranging from Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell to The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Eagles.

A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Dave studied classical piano performance and theory at Tulsa University.  His early love of the piano led to his study of jazz piano performance and theory at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with renowned Boston Pops’ jazz pianist, Ray Santisi.  Dave later went on to pursue Music Business studies at Belmont University in Nashville, where he met Larry Stewart and soon formed Restless Heart.

In addition to playing with Restless Heart, Dave has lent his musical talents to a number of established artists, recording with Vince Gill, Richard Marx, Waylon Jennings, Ricky Skaggs, the legendary Conway Twitty and many others.  He has traveled the world to play in such prestigious venues as Radio City Music Hall, LA’s Greek Ampitheater, and various concert halls in Asia, Africa and Mexico.

Says Innis, “The most rewarding part of my job is taking all of my career experiences, the good and the bad, and sharing that wisdom with my son who is also in the music business.  I’m grateful to able to provide an “inside the industry roadmap” that was lacking for me at his age and encouraging him to make positive choices both professionally and personally.  I am also extremely fortunate to be part of a 30 year legacy where I am constantly blessed by people’s connection to our music…the stories of how our songs have touched a life will never lose their impact.  It’s truly humbling.”

Dave also makes time to be involved with his community.  He has volunteered for the YWCA of Middle TN, The Salvation Army Angel Tree, and has performed extensively for our troops overseas.  He most recently had the privilege to play with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in both the inaugural Music With A Mission in 2011 and the 2nd Annual Music With A Mission, held in October 2012.  The benefit was hosted by Restless Heart to raise money and awareness for the Nashville Rescue Mission.  This year’s event, co-produced by Innis, raised nearly $150,000 for the homeless men, women, and children of Middle Tennessee and included artists Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant, Branford Marsalis, The Gatlin Brothers and other notables.  Dave often finds time to volunteer on behalf of the Rescue Mission, whether its serving dinner to the homeless, participating in graduation ceremonies for men coming out of the Mission Rehabilitation Program or answering phones during a pledge drive. Says Innis, “It is my privilege and my responsibility to share my gifts and talents to highlight those in need.”

He is particularly grateful to his pastor, the late David Foster, who taught him the importance of “Getting Up, Suiting Up, Showing Up, and Doing the Next Right Thing”.

Dave currently resides in Franklin, TN with his wife, Adrienne.  He has two grown children: Isabella, who is in the design industry and Isom, musical director and keyboardist of the popular group Foster The People.  When Dave is not touring with Restless Heart, he enjoys playing in the church worship band and likes cooking, skiing, gardening and running.

paulPlays: Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals
Birthday: December 3rd
Musical Influences: Nat King Cole, Crosby- Stills & Nash, Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Simon & Garfunkel, Mahalia Jackson, Santana, Bing Crosby, The Beatles and The Eagles to name a few

Paul is a “Road” scholar. We mean he actually honed his skills “On the Road” and in the trenches. He relies solely on what he hears and feels in his heart for his contribution to the music of Restless Heart.

Born in Altus, Oklahoma, Paul is the son of a cotton and wheat farmer. Hard work, hometown values and a tenacious desire to follow his heart are what drive him. That and a bus driver with plenty of sleep.

Paul left Altus early on to chase his dream. He and his brother got their first taste of the road performing at ski resorts throughout New Mexico and Colorado in the summer of 1976. Still not sure if, music would be a career that would sustain him he attended a Tech School in Okmulgee, Oklahoma for two years where he studied fuel injection. In may of 1978, under the encouragement of his brother, he moved to Nashville, where he worked for two years as a fuel injection specialist on Main Street to make ends meet. When an opportunity finally came to do a couple of road shows for Opryland, he took it.

Over the course of the next four years he continued to play and travel, meeting and making new friends with ties to the music industry. One of those people was Greg Jennings, the bands lead guitarist. Greg, after sitting around a table at Paul and his brother’s house listening to them sing and play, insisted that they meet a friend of his named Tim Dubois, a song writer in Nashville. Tim, along with his partner Scott Hendricks, would end up being the bands first producers and would later become heads of major record labels in Nashville. Paul and Greg teamed up with Tim on different projects to try and get record deals as outlets for some of the songs that Tim was writing. Paul had also been working in a rock band with a drummer named John Dittrich for about a year when, once again, Tim came to him with the idea of putting together a band and doing some music that was off the beaten path for country music at that time. Paul called John and together with Greg and two other singer musicians, Dave Innis and Larry Stewart, the band Restless Heart was formed. It was 1984 and after a showcase where the band performed for just about every record label in town, Joe Galante, the head of RCA Records, decided to sign the band. The rest is history.

gregPlays: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Birthday: October 2nd
Musical Influences: Chet Atkins, Jimi Hendrix, Todd Rundgren and James Taylor

While at Oklahoma State, Greg played in a band with producer Scott Hendricks and Tim DuBois who managed the band and later became head of Arista Nashville. The trio later moved to Nashville, and formed Restless Heart. After the group disbanded, Greg played guitar in buddy Vince Gill’s band.

It’s a well known Restless Heart fan fact that Greg’s favorite song is Somewhere Over The Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz.

johnPlays: Drums & Percussion, Lead Vocals
Birthday: April 7th
Musical Influences: Drummers like Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, etc. Jazz, Big Band, Fusion and Rock

Apart from being a monster on the drums, John has sung lead on many RH songs over the years, but moved more into that role on the Big Iron Horses and Matters Of The Heart albums. His most recognizable contribution came when he took lead on the 1992 cross-over smash “When She Cries.” After the band quit touring in 1995, John joined up with the band The Buffalo Club which produced a hit album and singles.

Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart can remember the exact moment and place his life began to change forever.

“I was driving east on I-40 from West Nashville into town to an appointment,” he recalls. “Back then, I was listening to what we were doing in my Jeep Cherokee every day. I had turned the radio on, and ‘Let The Heartache Ride’ was right in the middle of the acapella intro.”

Stewart had been living with the song for a while, and hearing it through his car speakers wasn’t that big of a deal – until he looked at the stereo and saw the numbers 97.9. “It didn’t sink in because I had it in the tape deck for days, then I realized ‘That’s the radio. It’s WSIX.’ I pulled over on the shoulder around White Bridge Road and sat there with my car idling. It was like yesterday.”

‘Yesterday’ has come full circle for Restless Heart. Then one of Nashville’s newest acts, the band is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2013, and Dave Innis enjoys the musical ride as much as ever.

“I think it’s been an amazing legacy, and it’s been such an honor to have been part of an organization that is still together doing it after thirty years with the same five original guys, and it’s more fun than ever.”

John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis, and Larry Stewart – the men who make up Restless Heart have enjoyed one of the most successful careers in Country Music history, placing over 25 singles on the charts – with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations – including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy. Those stats aside, Innis feels that their career goes much deeper than that.

“In the past few years, we have really started to branch out in the community, particularly our work with the Nashville Rescue Mission. We have hosted an event called Restless Heart & Friends – Music With A Mission that we do at the Schermerhorn Center with the Nashville Symphony. We invite a lot of our friends in the industry across all genres to join us, and all of the money we raise goes to the Nashville Rescue Mission. The other thing that stands out is the tours we have done in support of the men and women of the Armed Forces. We did some tours with the Air Force, going all over the world.”

Those audiences have sung along with their record-shattering string of hits, such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries.” Stewart says it’s humbling to know Restless Heart has made an impact. “I’m proud of the fact that we get to hear stories from young artists and musicians that we might have made an impression or inspiring them to come to town – having number one records, and hearing the stories of what they meant to people. To know that you have been a part of something that made a difference, the power of music, the power of a song. To be a part of something that made a mark. However big or small of a mark Restless Heart made, it’s still a mark. To be able to appreciate and feel blessed that we got lucky enough to get together. I feel like it was something that was meant to be.”

And, the story is far from over, as Stewart says Restless Heart still has a lot of history to make. “We are still at the top of our game when it comes to singing and playing together. We’ve got some projects we’re working on, and we want to put the Restless Heart brand out to music fans again – to let them know we’re still here and making good music. We’re really looking forward, not trying to rest on our past laurels, we really want to do some new music. We have some fun things we’re considering to celebrate the moment, which we’re trying to put together, and reintroduce ourselves to the world, and take another stab at something.”

Restless Heart – Thirty Years and Those Musical “Wheels” are Still Going Strong!

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