On Wednesday, November 9, Seattle’s The Head and the Heart will return to Boise. The rising star, indie-folk troupe will perform at the Morrison Center in support of the band’s latest release, Signs of Light. The album hits stores and digital outlets this summer to critical acclaim. The debut single, “All We Knew” has dominated the Adult Alternative airwaves, and the band performed the song on Ellen this month, as well as The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS Saturday Morning and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
The Head and the Heart came together in 2009 when Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion) connected. They surrounded themselves with like-minded talents in Charity Rose Thielen (violin, banjo, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums).
The band released its eponymous debut in 2011, landing a #1 hit with “Lost My Mind”. Their sophomore album, Let’s Be Still, dropped in 2013 and garnered three more Top 10 singles. Signs of Light marks the band’s debut on Warner Brothers Records and is also their first working with a producer Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Eric Church, etc.).
Signs of Light was made following the band members varied adventures in self-exploration, reconnection with community and service. Pianist Kenny Hensley learned to fly planes and enrolled in kung-fu training in China, while bassist Chris Zasche packed up a camper and went off the grid in the Canadian Rockies. Drummer Tyler Williams put down stakes across the country and immersed himself in the burgeoning music scene in Richmond, Va., while vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Charity Rose Thielen honed her compositional skills by writing for such legends as Mavis Staples. Vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Russell traveled to Haiti and found inspiration working with the non-profit Artists for Peace and Justice.
The Head and the Heart even made a special appearance this summer on the new Showtime dramedy show, Roadies performing as the opening act for the series’ fictional headliner. The band appeared on the debut episode of the Cameron Crowe penned series.
What people are saying about Signs of Light
More sunshiny melodies and bright gospel harmonies to make you forget that these guys are from the Pacific Northwest.- NY Magazine and Vulture (41 Albums to Get Excited for This Fall)
Signs of Light might just be The Head and The Heart’s most uplifting album yet. –Esquire
This marks the third album for the soundtrack-fave indie-folk group, after making an impressive debut in 2011 and releasing a polished sequel in 2013. From the looks of singles like “All We Ever Knew” and “Rhythm & Blues,” Light boasts more country vibes, sing-along choruses and contemplative lyrics. – Harper’s Bizarre
The collection is their most electric and uplifting set yet. – Entertainment Weekly
Seattle-born indie folk band The Head and the Heart is another one of our favorites here at InStyle. They’ve put out two albums so far and have toured around the world. Signs of Light will drop Sept. 9 and the band will tour into February 2017 in support of the album. – InStyle (10 Fall Albums We’re Going to Have on Repeat)
A Seattle six-piece whose first two LPs recalled a more acoustic Arcade Fire…Their next album has burlier guitars and rhythms. – Rolling Stone
“Colors” is the third track from Signs of Light that the band has released, following “All We Ever Knew” and “Library Magic.” From the sound it of it so far, the band’s third album is going to be their best yet. – Paste Magazine