By Tammy Everitt
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
With only a handful of concerts scheduled this year, Anderson is lucky that the Front Men of Country Music are bringing their show to Hoosier Park tonight.
They will take the stage for two shows, 8 and 10 p.m. in the Terrace Showroom. The threesome includes Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Randy Owen of Alabama and Tim Rushlow, formerly of Little Texas. This trio of musicians have more than 50 No. 1 hits among them.
The Herald Bulletin talked recently with Stewart, lead singer of Restless Heart.
THB: So how did the Frontmen of Country shows get started? How many of these do you do a year?
Stewart: The show started a few years ago with Owen, Richie McDonald of Lonestar and myself. McDonald is currently out on the road with Lonestar so we picked up Rushlow. Stewart and Owen talked over the holidays and decided to gather together again for 4-5 concerts this year.
THB: What can concert-goers expect to see from this live performance?
Stewart: It’s very personal and intimate. It’s like a living room setting. Every venue is different. The stage might be adorned with a couch, table, candles, etc. And it’s funny, you don’t know what you are going to hear come out of Randy Owens mouth. It’s special for us to be able to share those kind of moments. Two hours can feel like 45 minutes. It’s be a very special night. We have a chance to see inside the singers, get the history of the songs, and hear cool stories about what songs mean to people.
THB: Do you guys sing your hit songs solo or with each other?
Stewart: I sing harmony with Randy. We will be winging it (the three of us) along with a couple of extra musicians. We sing together on some. It’s very off the cuff - what you see is what you get. There’s no set list. We just sing our songs, tell our stories and throw out some jokes.
THB: What is your favorite Alabama song? Favorite Little Texas song?
Stewart: “Old Flame.” I love that song. There are so many as Alabama is one of the greatest bands in country music history. I remember where I was when I first heard that song. Little Texas is no longer together in its original form but “What Might Have Been” is a great, great song. They have such great ballads.
Then the tables turned and Stewart decided to test this writer’s country music knowledge.
Stewart: Restless Heart is out touring this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. What other country band is also celebrating that 30-year milestone (with original band members)?
Everitt: Uh, uh, I don‘t know — maybe, Lonestar.
Stewart: Nope, that would be — Diamond Rio.
THB: Back to the interview. What kind of music did you listen to outside of country?
Stewart: I like the old bands, the Eagles, Foreigner, Journey, America, Poco and Pure Prairie League. Of course when talking country music, I’m a fan of Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, George Jones and Marty Robbins. The songs were great. Things aren’t as song-oriented now.
THB: If you could set up a Front Women of Country Music tour what three women would you choose?
Stewart: Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood. It would be an incredible show.