People are still buzzing over Saturday night. I can't get over it myself. The general consensus is that Heartsfield was the best show that the attendees had seen/heard since they can remember. There were a number of experienced local musicians in the house that have been applauding the band. This is a rare thing.      ” - Gary Gibson

— George's Tavern, Racine Comment

Frank Gutch Jr: 50 Albums Which Impacted My Life— Scratch That. Plus Notes…..   ... Oh, and before I move on, they are one of the quintet of the bands which to me defined Country Rock, along with Pure Prairie League, Uncle Jim’s Music, Dillard & Clark, and Heartsfield.  F**k the Eagles.  They never even registered on my radar (except for maybe Desperado).   Frank Gutch, Jr.” - Frank Gutch, Jr.

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  HEARTSFIELD Here They Are   Crap! I've been listening to Here I Am for a number of weeks now and thought I had this review worked out in my head except that now that I sit down, I have to toss aside a huge segment of it in the name of fairness. Being a Heartsfield purist from the old days (I bought their first album not long after it hit the racks back in, what was it, '73? Damn! I'm getting old!), I was a bit miffed to hear the remake of a great track from that album, Music Eyes, rerecorded acapella with Take 6 providing the capella to Perry Jordan's 'a'.        Truth be told, while the first album is packed with great music, Music Eyes was the first to awaken me to the band's harmonic choir aspect and later became a huge selling point when I scored my first real record store gig. To jazz it up, however competently, raised the hackles on my neck and I was ready to fight.   So I sit down and am ready to raze Perry and band a new asshole when my alter ego, the one with the wings, popped into my head and broke the pitchfork over ol' ego's head. What if, it said, this track was on a Take 6 album and Perry was asked to sing it with them? “Well,” ol' Ego started sputtering, “well, it would... ah, er... but it's Music Eyes!” There went half the review. As much as I seemed to dislike hearing the new version, had it been on a Take 6 album I would be pounding out kudos to that group for not only having the sense to realize what a great song it was but realizing that Perry's voice is essential to it. Then I'm thinking, maybe if they had placed it at the end... I mean, I am an old fart and have a hard time separating tracks, sequence being part and parcel of every album, to my mind. That's what I get for thinking. Truth is, Music Eyes is a song which will live in my heart until death and as long as it is treated with respect (as Take 6 does), I will love it. So my rant, about the song? Never mind. It is actually pretty damn impressive. Makes me want to head to the Take 6 website and check out what else they have to offer.     But this isn't about Take 6. This is about Heartsfield, one of the best damn country rockin' bands to grace this country and if Here I Am doesn't prove their musical worth, nothing will. Two tracks, in fact, are straight out of the old Heartsfield mold, hitting the vocal strength of the original band in stride. One Word and Did You Know could be seamlessly placed on any one of the original lineup's four albums without the most discerning fan noticing. If that lineup had a signature, it was the four- and five-part harmony crescendos. These guys nail it on both. Those are harmonies you have to hear to appreciate, too, voices stacked upon one another in silky smooth unison. And before you start thinking anyone can do it in a studio, I saw these guys at The Troubadour during their Foolish Pleasures tour and they ended the set (two encores before the club pulled the plug) with an a capella version of what I later thought was With These Tools but could not have been because that was recorded on a later album (Collector's Item). Suffice it to say that whatever the song was was amazing to the point that Gary Gersh, later president of Capitol Records, took off his shoe and pounded it on the table because the applause was just not loud enough. I would have myself had I had something besides the remnants of Chuck Taylor All Stars that probably would have crumbled to dust upon first impact. Here I Am has many aspects of that band and they even take it a step further, and I'm not just talking the a capella step. Fred Dobbs, one of the original guitarists is back for the sessions and Jim Peterik (Ides of March and Survivor) adds not only his voice and guitar but his expertise to the project. And there are others, too many to mention here. What they do is capture the Heartsfield heart, that little edge which made them a step above. Here it is in thirteen segments. Separate them if you like. Myself, I prefer to lay back with a beer and listen front-to-back. Guys (and gals), it doesn't get much better than this. Country rock? I suppose, though I would probably call them rock country. If there was ever a band who could successfully combine the two, it was Heartsfield. When they rocked, they rocked and when they sang, it was heaven. It still is. Here they are with Here I Am, an up-to-date look toward a great band's past. An aside: As Here I Am was being packaged, Perry Jordan suffered a heart attack and is bravely attempting a return. I say this to the old Heartsfield fans and those of you who will be after hearing the new album. I ask that you log on to the website and maybe send Perry a message of encouragement. After all of the music he has given us all these years, it is the least we can do. Perry, keep the spirits high. We're digging the music and will be awaiting the next album when it's ready. In the meantime, thanks for Here I Am. It's a beaut. Frank O. Gutch Jr   Note from the Webmaster:  Go to our store at http://heartsfield.com/store/ and go to the bottom of the page to purchase a copy of "Here I Am."  You'll love it!!” - Frank Gutch, Jr.

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Midwest Beat Magazine Few bands could match the unique Heartsfield sound. That sound is a fresh blend of harmonies, guitars, mandolins and banjos, with a harmonica thrown in for good measure. Not to mention positive songs that celebrate life instead of wallow in self-pity and depression. Good time music. In a word, positive American music.”   Midwest Beat Magazine”

— Midwest Beat Magazine

  'Georgia Flyer' is a compilation of Southern influenced tunes which are clever, well executed and just plain fun to listen to and enjoy. Perry’s vocals are as engaging as his compositions. His laid back approach to his music affords him the ability to address somber issues, such as 'Deficit of Soul,' to the whimsical 'Bucket by my Bed' with seamless ease.  'Georgia Flyer' - a sweet taste of easy listening. Ray Synkane, Southbound Beat Magazine” - Ray Synkane

— Southbound Beat Magazine

  Perry Jordan, a member of the classic band Heartsfield, steps up to the plate with a 100% pure, filtered through a moonshine still, Southern rock solo release. The title track, 'Georgia Flyer,' has the swampy, Southern rock thang down pat, and some slinky slide that is as tasty as a fresh Georgia peach. It's all good. Precision playing and production. A real keeper.   Michael Buffalo Smith, Gritz Magazine” - Michael Buffalo Smith

— Gritz Magazine

  “Blending southern rock elements with dinosaur rock force to create a populist guitar army. The band manages to achieve a rock sound that is not so much referential as it is genuine.”   Jesse Jarnow, All Music Guide” - Jesse Jarnow

— All Music Guide

  Upon hearing Heartsfield who opened for him at Naperville, Illinois' RibFest:  "I love this band.   Trace Adkins”

— Trace Adkins

    Heartsfield, is a fantastic bunch of guys who can play and sing with anyone in the world. We do lots of gigs with Heartsfield and always have a ball, their audience loves them, and they are a really hard act to follow.”   Commander Cody”

— Commander Cody

  Soulful, down-home sound. Distinct vocal harmonies. Rootsy, swampy, foot-stompin’ country rock with bits of folk and jazz blended in. A 'guitar army' backed up with fiddle, mandolin, jaw harp and drums, Heartsfield is a slice of Americana.   Lee B. Roberts, The Journal Times ” - Lee B. Roberts

— The Journal Times - Racine, Wisconsin

  “Heartsfield is a Midwestern treasure. "The Guitar Army" comes ready to play. Their music is tight and exciting, beginning with the great lyrics, into the brilliant jam of the dueling guitars, and then settles down, leaving you breathless at the end of each song.” WWSP 90 - Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin”

— WWSP 90 - Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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