by Chuck Dauphin
One of Country Radio’s most played Christmas songs of the 1990s was Restless Heart’s stirring version of the classic “Little Drummer Boy.” Despite being one of the most successful groups in the format over the past three decades, that track has been the group’s only Yuletide song – that is, until now.
Restless Heart has just released their first holiday album and have just embarked on a tour titled THE SEASON OF HARMONY to promote the record. Dave Innis said it’s been a longtime goal of the band. “We’ve always wanted to do one, and we’ve been working on a Christmas CD, which we’ve recently completed. So, we wanted to put a tour together, so we could perform some of the songs off of the CD. It seemed like the perfect time to do it.”
Innis told MNN that the album is literally hot off the presses. “We’re selling it off of our merch table. We’re not going to commercially release it this year, because we just barely got it done in the nick of time, we just brought it to our shows, and we’ll have it out commercially next year.”
They recorded “Drummer Boy” again, and also added their take to some of the season’s classics – both traditional and modern. “We re-cut it and put it on the CD, so fans can look forward to that. We started the disc with a song called ‘Season Of Harmony,’ that is an original song, and then we covered the Amy Grant song ‘Tennessee Christmas,’ Roger Miller’s ‘Old Toy Trains,’ and acapella version of ‘Silent Night,’ which is kind of a Take 6 /we Glee Club version of the song, we did ‘O Holy Night’ which I orchestrated, Greg did a great arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High.’ and we did a really cool version of ‘The Christmas Song,’ which I arranged as a waltz. Its kind of unique. That was a lot of fun to work on, and then , there’s a song called ‘Santa’s Prayer’ that ends the CD, which is a true meaning of Christmas song.
When asked about the challenge of recording new holiday-themed music as opposed to the classic standards, Innis said “You’ve got to be really careful about the material that you put on there. In the case of ‘Santa’s Prayer,’ it’s a very well-written song, and the way it was written, it has Santa Claus on his knees, praying that people will realize the true meaning of Christmas. It’s really well written. We’ve been getting standing ovations with it. It’s a very emotionally compelling lyric. I think we’ve got a collection of songs that will hold together really well, and I think our fans are going to love it.”
Restless Heart’s Christmas Dates are:
December 6 – Bartletsville, OK
December 7 – Florence, OR
December 8 – Florence, OR
December 12 – Friant, CA
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