Sunday, November 18, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Head and the Heart

Artist:The Head and the Heart
Song:Down in the Valley
Album:The Head and the Heart

The folk group The Head and the Heart did very well with their 2011 debut CD and seem poised to make a big splash with their next CD. I'm sure the success of groups like Mumford & Sons gives them hope. The Head and the Heart were formed in the summer of 2009 at open mic night at Conor Byrne Pub in Seattle. Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell met keyboard player Kenny Hensley and the three started writing songs together. They brought in drummer Tyler Williams from the group Prabir and the Substitutes. Like Russell, he is from Richmond, VA so they knew each other. Russell had sent him a demo. Then they brought in violinist Charity Rose Thielen who had just returned from Paris and Conor Byrne bartender Chris Zasche on bass. They recorded a CD and sold it at gigs. After interest from several record companies, The Head and the Heart signed with Sup Pop Records in Nov. 2010. Sub Pop had them go back into the studio and re-record a couple of songs and add a song. The reworked album was released Apr. 2011. Down in the Valley was the single and they did a video. They were also named Best New Band by Seattle's CityArts Magazine. The group has appeared on Conan and Jimmy Kimmell and they have opened for Vampire Weekend, The Decemberists and Dr. Dog among others. Down in the Valley was used in the British TV series Beaver Falls. Their songs have been used in Chuck, How I Met Your Mother and Hart Of Dixie. The Head and the Heart have just finished a fall tour. It looks like it's time to record new music. They have gotten off to a good start. We'll see how they develop. Folk music fans should check them out. Here's the video for Down in the Valley by The Head and the Heart.

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