The Head and the Heart About
The Head and the Heart formed in 2009, when Johnson, raised in Orange County, Calif., hit it off with singer-songwriter Jonathan Russell at an open mic at the Ballard Irish bar Conor Byrne. Russell and drummer Tyler Williams had come from Richmond, Va. Seattleite Chris Zasche was recruited to play bass; Thielen, from Lake Forest Park, violin; and Californian Kenny Hensley, piano.
The band’s first album was picked up (and reworked) by Sub Pop, which propelled the band’s second one, “Let’s Be Still” (2013) into the Billboard albums Top 10. The two albums have sold 650,000 copies combined.