Have you been anywhere near a radio in 2012, or perhaps did you catch Conan last night? I sort of doubt that you’ve missed out on hearing Seattle indie-folk darlings The Head and The Heart. Considering they’re the best thing to come out of our fair city since Microsoft, and sold out their show at the Paramount quicker than I can say “Down in the Valley,” my guess is that if you’ve heard them, you’re in love with them. Their song writing is better than just about anyone out there, and their live shows pack as much heat as a sauna – the band is an incredible example of what can happen when a great group of people fall together to do what they love. But it’s quite possible you’re not aware of how incredible their opener is. Be prepared to go to this show for The Head and The Heart, and come out a giant fan of Bryan John Appleby.
A Seattle transplant by way of sunny California, Bryan John Appleby is everything that you’d expect for an opener for The Head and The Heart. Maybe because he hails from Santa Cruz, his soft music has an air of sunshine to it. It’s sweet and thoughtful, and perfect for sunny drives along our waterfront. He contemplates life’s intricacies without coming off as heavy, and is more inspirational than you may expect. Appleby played Seattle’s Bumbershoot recently and wowed audiences, and he is sure to do the same in front of a sold out show at the Paramount this Saturday.
Seattle has become known nationwide for its folk music. The Head and The Heart are leading the scene, but Bryan John Appleby’s singing and song writing is a prime example of why our notoriety in this genre is so steadfast. He strums a melody, and his words connect our heartstrings.