August 28, 2010 / 2:10 AM / 9 years ago

Heart hits the road with "Red Velvet Car"

Sisters Ann (R) and Nancy Wilson of the band "Heart" perform at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Nancy Wilson of Heart says the travel aspect of touring remains “just as hard” after almost four decades. “But the sweeter thing,” she adds, “is to still be doing it.”

She and sister Ann Wilson are touring in support of their first studio album in six years, “Red Velvet Car” (Sony Legacy, August 31). Written on the road and featuring the act’s signature rock sound with deep acoustic currents, the album is gaining traction on adult contemporary radio with “Hey You.”

“The heat at radio reminds me of the old days,” Nancy says. “It’s good to see stations adding it and people requesting a simple love song I’ve had in my back pocket for quite a while.”

Guitarist Nancy and singer Ann have quite a few previous hits in their back pockets. Co-founders of ‘70s-spawned Seattle band Heart, the sibling frontwomen/songwriters forged a gateway for female rockers. Among the act’s 21 top 40 hits: “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “These Dreams” and 1987’s “Alone,” which has become a favorite of “American Idol” contestants.

“‘American Idol,’ Fergie doing ‘Barracuda,’ ‘Guitar Hero’ ... all the different imprints of the songs we did in the ‘70s and ‘80s are connecting the dots, bringing a new generation to our live shows,” Nancy says. “We’ve even seen people showing up with kids 10 years and younger.”

In addition to a headlining tour through September, Heart is set to guest on “ShopNBC” (August 29), “Today” (August 31), “Fox & Friends” (September 1), “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (September 2) and NPR’s “Weekend Edition” (September 4). The band will head back on the road in November and December.

“We have to get this baby born and on the map,” Nancy says. “It’s our calling.”

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