After meeting by chance at an open mic in Seattle, this group of five has quickly gone from merely acquaintances to a popular band on the rise. Featuring Josiah Johnson and Jon Russell on lead vocals, Charity Thielen on vocals and violin, Tyler Williams on percussion, and Kenny Hensley on piano, The Head and The Heart weaves together a sound that is not only modern and fun but is reminiscent of such classics as The Beatles and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. After releasing their self-titled debut album, The Head and The Heart sat atop local charts and soon were opening for Vampire Weekend at Seattle's Paramount Theater. This rapid rise in fame was accompanied by features at SXSW and a spot on World Cafe with David Dye this past March. With their classic folk harmonies, driving rhythms, and melodic piano underscores, this group could easily continue down the path towards being the next big name in folk rock.
"Seattle's The Head and the Heart have captured our heads and our hearts! They've recorded an honest, sweet and well crafted album steeped in classic singer-songwriter traditions but with a very current appeal," says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. "The harmonies shine and the melodies linger on their acoustic-based indie pop debut. The sextet's playing is diverse and warm sounding and underlying what appears to be the simplicity of their sound is a complex artistic and musical statement."
"The Head and The Heart have produced a highly engaging album full of tunes with personality and passion," says Dan Reed. "Their live shows are getting rave reviews, and their harmonies are fantastic."
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