Storm in the Heartland

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Storm in the Heartland
Storm In The Heartland.jpg
Studio album by Billy Ray Cyrus
Released November 8, 1994 (1994-11-08)
Recorded 1993–1994
Genre Country
Length 55:18
Label Mercury
Producer Jim Cotton
Joe Scaife
Billy Ray Cyrus chronology
It Won't Be the Last
(1993)It Won't Be the Last1993
Storm in the Heartland
Trail of Tears
(1996)Trail of Tears1996

Storm in the Heartland is the third album from country music artist Billy Ray Cyrus. Released in 1994 on Mercury Records, it produced the singles "Storm in the Heartland", "Deja Blue", and "One Last Thrill", the first two of which entered the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The album itself was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies.

"Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)" was recorded in 1999 by Lari White as a duet with Toby Keith on White's album Stepping Stone, and again in 2002 by the Canadian country band Emerson Drive on their self-titled album. Emerson Drive's rendition was released as a single in 2003.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]
New Country 2/5 stars[3]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic rated the album three stars out of five, saying that he considered it an improvement over It Won't Be the Last.[1] Chris Dickinson of New Country magazine gave it 2 out of 5. He wrote that "On Storm in the Heartland, Cyrus kept the pop, the rock, the bombast, and the bluster, but tossed out the memorable hooks." He thought that the album lacked personality and had "cluttered" production, but praised "A Heart with Your Name on It" and "Roll Me Over" as "fun", and "Patsy Come Home" as "sentimental but moving."[3] Giving it a "C", Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Cyrus "sticks to the tried-and-true" but added that "the yahoo factor figures heavily on 'Redneck Heaven'[…]and on 'The Past,' Cyrus misses his notes by a mile. An achy-breaky embarrassment."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Storm in the Heartland" (Billy Henderson, Donald Burns, Curt Ryle) — 3:53
  2. "Deja Blue" (Craig Wiseman, Donny Lowery) — 3:36
  3. "Redneck Heaven" (Billy Ray Cyrus, Terry Shelton, Michael Joe Sagraves, Mark Collie, Danny Shirley) — 4:03
    • featuring Mark Collie and Danny Shirley
  4. "Casualty of Love" (Cyrus, Don Von Tress) — 4:29
  5. "One Last Thrill" (Dave Loggins, Reed Nielsen) — 3:38
  6. "I Ain't Even Left" (Cyrus, Corky Holbrook, Joe Scaife) — 3:51
  7. "How Much" (Gregg Sutton, Danny Tate) — 5:30
  8. "Patsy Come Home" (Ronnie Scaife, Katie Wallace) — 3:53
  9. "A Heart with Your Name on It" (Brett Beavers, Phillip Douglas) — 2:44
  10. "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)" (Robert John "Mutt" Lange) — 5:10
  11. "Roll Me Over" (Cyrus, Barton Stevens, Greg Fletcher, Shelton, Holbrook, Sagraves) — 2:33
  12. "Enough Is Enough" (Cyrus, Von Tress, Keith Hinton) — 3:43
  13. "The Past" (Cyrus) — 4:06
  14. "Geronimo" (Cyrus, Von Tress, Hinton) — 3:51

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1994) Peak
Canadian Top Country Albums 6
Swiss Music Charts 40
U.S. Billboard 200 73
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 11


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
1994 "Storm in the Heartland" 33 108 17
1995 "Deja Blue" 66 60
"One Last Thrill"
"—" denotes releases that failed to chart


As listed in liner notes.[4]

Sly Dog
Additional musicians
  • Eddie Bayers - drums
  • Mike Brignardello - bass guitar
  • Clyde "Butch" Carr - tambourine, background vocals
  • Mark Collie - background vocals on "Redneck Heaven"
  • Jim Cotton - Indian chants on "Geronimo"
  • Dan Dugmore - steel guitar, lap steel guitar, Dobro
  • Sonny Garrish - Dobro
  • Keith Hinton - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Indian chants on "Geronimo"
  • Mike Lawler - keyboards
  • Dave Loggins - background vocals on "One Last Thrill"
  • Gary Lunn - bass guitar
  • Randy McCormick - keyboards
  • The Oak Ridge Boys - background vocals on "I Ain't Even Left"
  • Matt Rollings - piano
  • Joe Scaife - background vocals
  • Ronny Scaife - acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Danny Shirley - background vocals on "Redneck Heaven"
  • Joe Shirley - background vocals
  • Don Von Trees - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals
  • Billy Joe Walker, Jr. - acoustic guitar
  • Reggie Young - electric guitar


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Storm in the Heartland - Billy Ray Cyrus". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Nash, Alanna (11 November 1994). "Album Review: 'Storm in the Heartland' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Dickinson, Chris (December 1994). "Reviews: Billy Ray Cyrus — Storm in the Heartland". New Country. 1 (11): 58–59. 
  4. ^ Storm in the Heartland (CD booklet). Billy Ray Cyrus. Mercury Records. 1994. 314-526 081-2.