Tibbs writes: "The power of rolling hills, the silence of endless cornfields, and the electricity of a Friday night game set the stage for the journey. Each song in HEARTLAND embodies the place where I learned the stuff of life – fear, love, anger, doubt, …. and hope. As a proud, homegrown boy of the Midwest, I’m tipping my hat to the greats that shaped my youth, like Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Tom Petty. But more than anything, I hope that when you hear this record and listen to these songs, you hear my heart. Because I mean every last bit of it."