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The Head And The Heart to perform at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The Head And The Heart's Jonathan Russell on stage
The Head And The Heart's Jonathan Russell on stage
Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

In 2009, a talented group of musicians and songwriters from around the United States met in Seattle while pursuing their individual ambitions at open mic nights. Bassist, Chris Zasche was introduced to the songwriters, Jonathan Russell and Josiah Johnson, while bartending at one of the hosting pubs. From there, the band welcomed vocalist and violinist, Charity Rose Thielen, along with keyboardist Kenny Hensley and drummer Tyler Williams. The Head And The Heart was curated in Conor Byrne Pub in Seattle. Little did they know at the time, but the open mic rendezvous would eventually grow into sold out shows in arenas all over the country.

After moving into a house together and writing a number of songs, the band toured the Pacific Northwest before releasing their first self-titled album in 2010. With several record labels looking to sign them, they ended up signing with Sub-Pop Records. The Head And The Heart fine-tuned and re-released the album in early 2011. The combination of nostalgic lyrics, upbeat piano riffs and gloomy, yet harmonious male and female vocals perked ears around the country. The album became a best-seller for the record company, according to the bands biography on the label’s website.

The Head And The Heart wrote their second album while on tour. The homesick theme of their first album carries over to the sophomore release. With greater exposure, doors opened and opportunities seemed limitless for recording and producing the second album. “Let’s Be Still” explores the sacrifices they made to pursue careers as traveling musicians, as well.

The band gives credit to Peter Katis for mixing “Let’s Be Still” in a more authentic, “refreshing” way that is more true to their live performance than the first album. The songs have a way of masking longing lyrics with driving guitar, violin and piano melodies, paired with blossoming vocal harmonies that build to the very last second.

The band's successes, aside from touring, include performing on the Late Show with David Letterman in October of 2013, as well as booking the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in the summer of 2014.

The Head And The Heart, will be performing on May 8, 2014, at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 21, at the venue, online and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box offices.

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