I have always been a sucker for modern folk music (The Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Tallest Man on Earth, etc.). My past is full of traditional and modern folk music, so naturally The Head and The Heart was a perfect fit for me. They have all tools to be a great folk band, with great vocals and lyrics 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).
"River and Roads", is off their first LP, The Head and the Hearts (2010), and is one of my favorite songs they have recorded in their young music career. This song isn't anything revolutionary, but it is a great folk song. Folk music doesn't have to be revolutionary because it's the old traditional sound that's behind the song that makes modern folk music so appealing to some people. In today's high demand for technology and the mainstream dance music, bands like The Head and the Heart help the listener feel like their life is much simpler and full of emotions, that electronic music can't give them. Folk music just has a warm, loving sound that some people can connect with and that will always keep folk music alive in today's electronic, technological world.