With country dominated by Garth Brooks–style acts like Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, the Head and the Heart is taking the music’s folk roots in a different direction, creating a new chapter in Americana that is perfectly in line with fashion, food and culture trends prizing heritage brands like Red Wings and Levi’s and movements like buying local and farm-to-table cooking. The Seattle-based troupe resonates the same way Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes do, fine-tuning a slightly twangy form of folk-pop for a new generation that’s resurrecting the style of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
The six-piece band is also sure to be the surprise hit of this year’s Lollapalooza, much like Sharpe was two years back. A grassroots effort, the Head and the Heart’s self-released and self-titled debut has been out since 2009. Like the train engine called to mind on standout “Down in the Valley,” it’s taken a while to gain steam, but there’s no stopping it now. Colored with parlor piano, acoustic guitars and Charity Rose Thielen’s fiddle-y violin work, the Head and the Heart pulls on the same heartstrings as folk stars Mumford & Sons and Dave Matthews Band, and might just become that big itself.
The Head and the Heart jams on Friday, August 3, from 5:15–6:15 on the Sony Stage.
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