Still Restless

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Still Restless
Studio album by Restless Heart
Released November 9, 2004 (2004-11-09)
Genre Country
Label Koch
Producer Kyle Lehning
Mac McAnally
Restless Heart chronology
Greatest Hits
(1998)
Still Restless
(2004)
25 and Live
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic - 3.5/5 stars[1]

Still Restless is the ninth album released by the American country music band Restless Heart. Released in 2004, it was considered the band's reunion album, as it was their first release since 1998's Greatest Hits, as well as the first album since 1990's Fast Movin' Train to feature all five original band members. Their first and only album for Koch Records Nashville, it produced the single "Feel My Way to You", which peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in late 2004.

Making of the album[edit]

With the exception of a brief reunion for a greatest hits compilation in 1998, Restless Heart had not been active since disbanding in 1994. Still Restless served as the band's reunion album, bringing back all five original members: lead singer Larry Stewart, drummer John Dittrich, bassist Paul Gregg, guitarist Greg Jennings, and pianist/keyboardist Dave Innis.[2] It was the band's first album of all-new material since 1994's Matters of the Heart. In addition, it was the first album to feature the complete five-piece lineup since 1990's Fast Movin' Train, as Stewart and Innis had departed in 1991 and 1992, respectively.[3][4]

According to Stewart, the album was more than one year in the making. Initially, they had planned to work with Tim DuBois and Scott Hendricks, who had produced virtually all of Restless Heart's previous albums. Both producers declined, however, as they had "their own things going".[2] Eventually, two producers were chosen for Still Restless: Mac McAnally, a prominent session instrumentalist and songwriter who has worked with Sawyer Brown and Jimmy Buffett, and Kyle Lehning, who had produced for Randy Travis.[2] McAnally also performed several instruments and sang background vocals on the album.

Song details[edit]

Three of the album's eleven tracks were written by Mac McAnally, and all three had been previously recorded by him as well: "Down the Road" from 1990's Simple Life, "Miracle" from 1994's Knots, and "Looking Back" from 1999's Word of Mouth. "Down the Road" was also a minor chart single for McAnally in late 1990, peaking at #70 on the Billboard country music charts.[2] McAnally charted again with the song in 2008, this time as a duet with Kenny Chesney. "Every Fire" was previously recorded by Jason Sellers on his 1999 album A Matter of Time, and before that by Shenandoah on their 1994 album In the Vicinity of the Heart. Sellers also co-wrote the track "Makin' Hay", which Clay Davidson previously released from his 2000 debut album Unconditional.

A cover of The Beatles' "The Night Before" is also included on this album. This song was chosen by Jennings, who wanted to include "a fun cover".[2] Initially, according to Dittrich, the band had difficulty making a satisfactory recording of the song, until McAnally began playing the song at a slightly faster tempo on his 12-string guitar, and then invited the band to join him.[2]

Only one song was released as a single: "Feel My Way to You", the first track. Restless Heart's first Top 40 chart single since 1998's "No End to This Road", this song peaked at number 29 on the Billboard country charts. No additional singles were released from the album, due to the closure of Koch Records' Nashville division in early 2005.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Feel My Way to You" (Jennifer Schot, Danny Orton) – 3:30
  2. "Down the Road" (Mac McAnally) – 2:54
  3. "Same Boat Now" (Austin Cunningham, Lance Miller, Larry Williams) – 3:26
  4. "Looking Back" (McAnally) – 3:32
  5. "And More" (Larry Stewart, Allison Mellon) – 3:35
  6. "Makin' Hay" (Marcus Hummon, Jason Sellers) – 2:57
  7. "Every Fire" (John Scott Sherrill, Cathy Majeski) – 3:46
  8. "Yesterday's News" (Stewart, Greg Jennings, Wayne Kirkpatrick) – 3:15
  9. "Miracle" (McAnally) – 3:45
  10. "The Night Before" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:18
  11. "What We Know Now" (Stewart, Steve Bogard, Dave Robbins) – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

As listed on Allmusic (see infobox).

Restless Heart[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic - review
  2. ^ a b c d e f Morris, Edward. "Restless Heart reunite for Still Restless". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  3. ^ Morningstar, Mary (2005-01-29). "Country band Restless Heart Still Restless". VOA News.com. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Restless Heart biography". Vietti Vinyl.com. Retrieved 2008-03-15.