Hit country band Restless Heart got its start more than 30 years ago and is not only still together, but back on the road performing this year. Not many artists are able to sustain that longevity, and lead singer Larry Stewart has some advice for new artists hoping to have similar success.
He was recently featured at a Nashville songwriters’ night, hosted by upcoming country trio Brassfield Aly. Larry performed hits like “That Rock Won’t Roll,” “When She Cries,” and had Brassfield Aly join him to perform “Bluest Eyes in Texas.”
New artists like Brassfield Aly are coming into a music industry that is vastly different than it was when Restless Heart got their start. Larry was a student at Belmont University when he met his bandmates, and during the course of a year, the band was able to land a record deal and release their first single. Artists today don’t typically have that fast-track to success.
“It’s a different day and time now than when we started, because things happened so much faster. Little Big Town stayed at it for so long… they’re the perfect example of believing in what you do and stick to it and don’t give up. They wrote the book on that.”
Even though it’s a different landscape today, Larry still encourages aspiring artists to continue to work at their craft and be persistent.
“If you feel like you have talent and feel good about the people around you that believe in you like you believe in yourself… you just gotta stick with it. And it’s hard. I would never want to discourage, but it’s just a grind.”
Restless Heart will be touring throughout 2015, including some shows with fellow hit country band Diamond Rio. To see their full schedule of shows, visit www.restlessheartband.com.