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Preview: The Head and the Heart at The Eccles Theater

It’s finally here. After lots of pomp and circumstance, the downtown Eccles Theater is ready for it’s close-up with it’s first-ever headlining act: The Head and The Heart.

The Seattle-based (where else?) folksy-rootsy group may have rose to fame at about the same time as Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers, but make no mistake—they have carved out a niche of their own. This is largely thanks to lovely three-part harmonies that effectively set them apart from the pack, with songs like “Rivers and Roads,” “Shake” and “Let’s Be Still.”

They’re touring in support of their newest, Nashville-recorded album, Signs of Light, which is a slight departure from it’s predecessors in it’s pop-twangy feel, at least in part because of new producer, Jay Joyce, who has previously worked with mainstream country acts Eric Church and Little Big Town.

Unfortunately, the metaphorical heart of, and a primary vocalist of, The Head and the Heart, Josiah Johnson, will not be joining the band on this tour. He’s been on a break from the group since March due to what the band calls, and leaves intentionally vague, “Addiction issues.” Long-time friend-of-the-band Matty Gervais, dubbed “Fake Josiah” by the band, will fill in for him in Salt Lake and other tour dates for the foreseeable future.

The Head and the Heart play the Eccles Theater on Wednesday Nov. 2 at 8:00 p.m.. The show is sold out.

Christie Marcy :Christie Marcy is the managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.