Another shoutout to Shazam for helping me find this new band (for me).
While I was out one day I heard a song playing, and thanks to the magic of Shazam, I discovered that the song was Lost in My Mind, by the band The Head and the Heart.
I had never heard of them, but after doing some web searching, I found out about them a bit.
Here is some background, from Wikipedia:
The Head and the Heart is an American indie folk band. They were formed in the summer of 2009 by Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion). The band also includes Charity Rose Thielen (violin, guitar, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums). The band is signed to Warner Bros. Records and have released four albums. Their fifth studio album, Every Shade of Blue, is scheduled to be released April 29, 2022.
I love how the band came up with its name:
Johnson explained how the name of the band was chosen: “Your head is telling you to be stable and find a good job, you know in your heart that this [the band] is what you’re supposed to do even if it’s crazy.”
Early on, the band had a chance to tour with some prominent names:
The band toured extensively through 2010 and 2011 in both the United States and Europe, and opened for Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, Dave Matthews, The Low Anthem, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, My Morning Jacket, and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as headlining their own shows. In March 2011, Seattle’s City Arts Magazine named them “Seattle’s Best New Band”, and the band made their network television debut on April 21, 2011 on Conan. The album reached the Billboard 200 Album Charts at #110 and the record stayed on the chart for ten weeks.
The band’s second album Let’s Be Still was released on October 15, 2013, and on November 2, 2013, Let’s Be Still reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Their music has also been featured prominently in a variety of TV shows and in a few films.
I’ve spent the past hour or so listening to a variety of their songs, and my favorite is Down in the Valley.
Here is how one reviewer described it:
It opens with soft guitar picking and the rasp of the lead singer’s voice; then a fiddle beckons like the promise of a warm embrace. Before you know it, soaring harmonies, a relentless drumbeat, and driving piano chords push you forward like a rushing river in the thaw of spring.
I wish I could write like that…
I think what really appealed to me as I watched the video is that it reminded me of one of my sons who had a chance to go on tour with a band as the video guy. The life of an indie band is not an easy one; you are all crammed into a van, sleep in cheap hotels, do all of your own loading and unloading, you are playing in less than ideal music venues, like school auditoriums and old movie theaters, and you never know how many people are going to show up.
But you do it because you believe in yourself and in your music. I wish The Heart and the Head the best of luck and continued success. I am looking forward to their new album.
*image from Kate Wolf Music Festival