The Head and The Heart is an indie folk-pop band from Seattle, Washington. 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, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums). The band signed to Sub Pop Records in November 2010.
The band self-released their debut album The Head and The Heart in June 2009, selling it at concerts, by word of mouth, and through local record stores. In the ensuing months the album sold 10,000 copies. Their music plays heavily on the trio of vocal harmonies, piano and violin melodies, and prominent drums and percussion. It was the top-selling album of the year 2010 for the independent Sonic Boom Records in the band's home neighborhood of Ballard, Seattle. The remastered, expanded album was re-released on Sub Pop Records on April 16, 2011.
The band has toured extensively through 2010 and 2011 in both the United States and Europe, opening 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.
Blitzen Trapperis a Portland, Oregon-based experimental country/folk band signed to Sub Pop Records. Formed in 2000, the band currently operates as a quintet, with Eric Earley (guitar/harmonica/vocals/keyboard), Erik Menteer (guitar/keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums/vocals/harmonica), Michael Van Pelt (bass), and Marty Marquis (guitar/keyboards/vocals/melodica). Blitzen Trapper self-released its first three albums. "Wild Mountain Nation" was No. 98 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
Seattle’s resident storyteller and balladeer Bryan John Appleby will be hitting the road this fall when he supports The Head & The Heart on their last North American tour of 2012. In addition to being the opener for the tour, Bryan will also be the main supporting act for select dates on the west coast (see list of tour dates below). Prior to the tour, Bryan and his band will be taking the stage at this year’s Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival on Monday September 3rd. He is scheduled to play at 6pm on the Promenade Stage as well as a special performance for Free Yr Radio and KEXP on their outdoor stage at 3:30pm.
Bryan John Appleby wasn’t always interested in writing his own music. In reality, he was a drummer by trade, relocating from sunny Santa Cruz California in order to take music more seriously with his band at the time. After the disintegration of the group, Bryan was left to make a decision. Was he to continue his pursuit of drumming or was it time for him to carve out his own piece of the Seattle music scene? With an acoustic guitar in hand, Bryan started writing and performing his own style of novel inspired folk music around the city. After releasing his first EP Shoes for Men and Beasts, Bryan gained some local attention when he released his first live take away performance for the single “Cliffs Along The Sea” which you can watch here.
Soon after, Bryan released his full length album Fire on the Vine in 2011. A handful of sold out shows later, Bryan has shared the stage with the likes of Damien Jurado, Deep Sea Diver, Pickwick, Lemolo and The Head & The Heart. Bryan continues to play his unique style of story driven folk ballads, winning over new audiences at every show.