Across the Heartland

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Across the Heartland
The Judds--Across the Heartland.jpg
Video by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 1989 (1989-09-27)
DirectorChristine Dunbar
Bud Schaetzle
The Judds chronology
River of Time
Across the Heartland
Collector's Series

Across the Heartland is a video album by American country music duo The Judds. It was released on September 27, 1989 via the MPI Media Group. The collection was directed by Christine Dunbar and Bud Schaetzle. Across the Heartland was the duo's first video album release in their career. Several more would follow in the next decade. The album would also reach high sales and receive certifications for it success.

Content, release and reception

Across the Heartland was The Judds's first video album in their recording career.[2] The duo had released five studio albums at the time of its release. During that time, The Judds also had a series of number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[3] Across the Heartland contained a series of videos derived from their work up to that point. The album contained a mixture of stage, radio and television appearances. These appearances were videos of hits previously made famous by the duo, including "Why Not Me," "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" and "Have Mercy." The package also included a special guest appearance by country artist, Gary Morris on the song "Leave Me Lonely."[2]

Across the Heartland was released on September 27, 1989 via the MPI Media Group.[2] The package was issued as a VHS recording tape containing a total of 12 tracks.[4] By February 1990, the video package had sold more than 25,000 copies in the United States. This led to a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America that year.[5] Across the Heartland was given a mixed review from Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times. Hilburn disliked the dialogue interwoven throughout the album, however he did not find it distracting from the music. "Country music's most celebrated mother-daughter team spends almost as much time talking as singing in this 48-minute documentary-concert package, but for once the talk in a pop-video program doesn't detract," he commented.[6]

Track listing

Across the Heartland[2]
1."Have Mercy" 
3."I Know Where I'm Going" 
4."Girls Night Out" 
5."Don't Be Cruel" 
6."Leave Me Lonely" (sung by Gary Morris) 
7."Why Not Me" 
8."Give a Little Love" 
10."Old Pictures" 
11."Cry Myself to Sleep" 
12."A Mother's Smile" 

Production credits

All credits are adapted from the liner notes of Across the Heartland.[2]

  • Christine Burrill – camera
  • Christine Dunbar – director
  • Fred Elmes – director of photography
  • Candy Gonzalez – director photography
  • Bob Keys – camera
  • Bud Schaetzle – director
  • John Sharaf – camera
  • George Stephenson – camera


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 50,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States September 27, 1989 VHS MPI Media Group [4][2]


  1. ^ "Across the Heartland: The Judds". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Judds, The (September 27, 1989). "Across the Heartland (Liner Notes and Album Information". MPI Media Group.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "The Judds: Biography & History". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b "The Judds -- Across the Heartland (1989, VHS)". Discogs. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  5. ^ Hurst, Jack. "SELLOUT". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  6. ^ Hilburn, Robert (April 15, 1990). "MIXED MEDIA : *** "ACROSS THE HEARTLAND" The Judds Pioneer Artists laser disc". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  7. ^ "American video certifications – The Judds – Heartland". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
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