The Head and the Heart are emblematic of the conservative direction that indie-folk has taken. They want to be adventurous, but they stick to the same three or four chords played 100 different ways. They have all of this harmonic firepower, but they stick to old block harmonies. They are smart and sensitive, but they sing about love, whiskey, and the road. Yet it succeeds, of course. People know and love these same three folk chords and these same old block harmonies. We love those tales of love and whiskey and travel. It’s not sophisticated, but it does now and forever tug on the old heartstrings.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART: THE ROAD TO NEWPORT FOLK | Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston | July 25 + 26 @ 7 pm | 18+ | $24 | 617.866.8933 | Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI | July 29 | SOLD OUT

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