Heartwood formed in Greenville, NC in early 1972. The band was originally called The Band from Clayroot which was a little crossroads outside of Greenville. They recorded their first album in a studio in Bailey, NC. It was at that time that they changed their name due to pressure from the record company that was concerned about the 'obvious' sexual connotation of the word clayroot.
They played throughout North Carolina. Just after releasing the album, it was bought by GRC Records based in Atlanta. Their new A&R guy decided that the record should be re-recorded at their new studio in Atlanta. They went in the studio and recorded all the tracks and the 'new' Heartwood album was released. Their management company, also located in Atlanta started booking them in Georgia and Alabama so much that they decided to move to Athens, GA. to be closer to their record company and the new area of gigs.
Their 'third' album, "Nothin' Fancy", was produced by Paul Hornsby who also produced all the early albums by Charlie Daniels and The Marshall Tucker Band. With Charlie Daniels and Toy Caldwell (lead guitarist for Marshall Tucker) scheduled to appear on their next album, the future looked bright. By a strange twist of fate, the same day this album went on sale, Lynyrd Skynyrd also released an album titled Nuthin' Fancy which was spelled differently and Billboard Magazine had full page ads for both albums in the same edition.
The band toured extensively from the Southeast to the Southwest, opening for groups such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Earl Scruggs Review, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Mother's Finest. They went on two album promotional tours. The first tour took them to several towns in Texas including jobs where they opened for Asleep at the Wheel, David Allen Coe and Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. The second tour found them back in Texas and then off to L.A. for a Billboard talent showcase to get a national booking agency contract. Unfortunately no booking contract followed and they found themselves playing more and more back in North Carolina.
Heartwood moved back to the Triangle area of North Carolina. With the somewhat sudden demise of their record company, coupled with years of constant touring, the band decided to bring things to an end and pursue other interests and disbanded in August of 1975.