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The following is an article that appeared in "Teen World" magazine in 1975.

"When certain new groups come along, you can just imagine what they did before they ever recorded their first album. Heartwood is one such group, and you can easily imagine them playing their super-fine Country-tinged music in small clubs and bars. Their first album is called "Nothin Fancy" (GRC Records), and it's a sheer pleasure all the way to listen to. Heartwood's sound reminds this reviewer of a few other groups (the Allman Brothers, early Poco), but it's so easy on the ear, that it doesn't matter. This is a Southern group, working out of Atlanta, and the members are Bill Butler (on keyboards, dobro, and Arp synthesizer), Joe McGlohon (on pedal steel, alto sax, and guitar), Tim Hildebrandt (on acoustic and rhythm guitars), Gary Johnson (on bass guitar), Byron Paul (on lead guitar), Carter Minor (on harmonica and percussion), and Robert Hudson (on drums).

All the songs were written by various group members, and everybody in the group (except Joe) sings. The multiplicity of voices and instruments make this album full. "Lover and a Friend" is one of the fine songs. It has that Country-Western sound, with the whining dobro and pedal steel. It's nice and bouncy, and has real mellow vocals. A lovely soft Country ballad is "Guaranteed to Win", with these great lyrics, "Open up your heart/And let sweet love come in/'Cause when you heart is full of love/You're guaranteed to win", with sentiments such as that, how can you go wrong? "Rock 'n' Roll Range" has a jug-band-like-sound, with lively tempo and varied singing. "Is it My Body of My Breath?" is a funky, funny little tune, with just the title for words. One fine, short instrumental is "Sittin' on the Hood of my Car", with a sweet harmonica playing. "I'd Like to Be with You" has a soft, moving dobro introduction; it's a very pretty song.

The best song on the album is "Sunshine Blue", with it's haunting vocals and dynamite guitar riffs. Again the pedal steel dominates, and some of the words are, "In the morning / Don't be sad 'cause I'm leaving / Just remember that my love is in my song". Two of the other good songs here are "Sound Advice" (a rocking, but lyrical tune) and "Home Bars and City Lights" (a warm, down-home song).
Not many new groups come along who can work their way into your heart so quickly, but Heartwood is on of them. Definitely give this album a chance!"

Nice article about The Attic, one of Heartwood's favorite places to play. Read the article.

Tim Hildebrandt and Robert Hudson were interviewed by Todd Whitesel for TheClassicRockMusic blog in 2008. 
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