11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After Heartland’s emotional father/daughter wedding ballad “I Loved Her First” hit number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in 2006, the band realized they needed to record an album to put it on. This, their sophomore album, surfaced shortly after, brimming over with the kind of old-school country that fans of Alabama and Charlie Daniels are sure to appreciate — just listen to Heartland’s upgrade of “No Getting Over Me,” the slow-burning tune that Ronnie Milsap had a number one hit with in 1981. “Built to Last” is another heartstring puller with lyrics penned to play for a wedding reception. “Too Country” is a funky roadhouse rocker that champions modern day hillbilly livin’ with lyrics about tailgating, beer drinking, and cooking crawdads from the creek, while “Boys Like Us” and “Let’s Get Dirty” sound reminiscent of the A.M. radio country- rock popular in the ‘70s. “Freebird In a Firebird” is a boot-stomping twang-rock tune that struts like better moments of the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, as frontman Jason Albert sings of Skynyrd, summer, longnecks, longhairs and lighters held up high for guitar solos.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After Heartland’s emotional father/daughter wedding ballad “I Loved Her First” hit number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in 2006, the band realized they needed to record an album to put it on. This, their sophomore album, surfaced shortly after, brimming over with the kind of old-school country that fans of Alabama and Charlie Daniels are sure to appreciate — just listen to Heartland’s upgrade of “No Getting Over Me,” the slow-burning tune that Ronnie Milsap had a number one hit with in 1981. “Built to Last” is another heartstring puller with lyrics penned to play for a wedding reception. “Too Country” is a funky roadhouse rocker that champions modern day hillbilly livin’ with lyrics about tailgating, beer drinking, and cooking crawdads from the creek, while “Boys Like Us” and “Let’s Get Dirty” sound reminiscent of the A.M. radio country- rock popular in the ‘70s. “Freebird In a Firebird” is a boot-stomping twang-rock tune that struts like better moments of the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, as frontman Jason Albert sings of Skynyrd, summer, longnecks, longhairs and lighters held up high for guitar solos.

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About Heartland

Alabama's Heartland were formed by singer Jason Albert, guitarist Craig Anderson, and drummer Todd Anderson, with lead guitarist Mike Myerson, bassist Keith West, and fiddler Chuck Crawford coming on board a little later to make the group a six-piece. Citing influences as diverse as Johnny Cash, AC/DC, Alabama, Sam Cooke, Van Halen, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, and the Beach Boys, the band developed a strong regional following in the Huntsville, AL, region with their strong live shows. Catching the eye of Lofton Creek Records, Heartland signed a recording contract with the Nashville indie and was soon recording at Muscle Shoals' Fame Studios with producer Walt Aldridge, issuing a single, "I Loved Her First," in 2006. The song, written by Aldridge with Elliott Park, is a poignant ballad of a father's love for his daughter and seems destined to become a standard at country weddings and receptions until the end of time. An album, also called I Loved Her First, followed later in 2006. In early 2009, Mike Myerson decided to leave the group and they continued on as a five-piece. ~ Steve Leggett

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