Larry Stewart sings “Bluest Eyes in Texas”
Larry Stewart was born on March 2, 1959 in Paducah, Kentucky. Stewart is most known for his time as the lead singer in the popular country band, Restless Heart. Surprisingly, he originally moved to Nashville, Tennessee chasing a career in baseball. However, after receiving an athletic scholarship at Belmont University, Stewart chose to focus his time and effort on music.
He was able to secure some gigs as a session singer which eventually lead into his union with John Dittrich, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis, and Greg Jennings of Restless Heart. Stewart replaced Verlon Thomposon as the band’s lead singer. With their new vocal star, Restless Heart might as well have been called Restless “Chart” because they managed to place 18 Top-40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country chart from 1985-1993.
In 1991, Stewart left the group to pursue a solo career. He released his debut album, “Down the Road,” with RCA Nashville in 1993. The album featured his Top-5 hit single “Alright Already” and “When I Close My Eyes” which later became a hit for Kenny Chesney. Stewart also contributed to Faith Hill’s debut project, “Take Me as I Am,” co-writing the single “But I Will,” and singing the vocals with Hill on the duet “I’ve Got This Friend.”
Stewart joined the boys from Restless Heart in 2004 for a reunion project titled “Still Restless” on Koch/Audium. He has remained with the band ever since and the group is touring today. In 2015, Restless Heart was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (Dave Innis, Paul Gregg, and Greg Jennings all hail from the state).