The Head and the Heart prep live album and film Rivers and Roads, recorded from a rooftop in Seattle's Pike Place Market - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Just over decade ago, the rootsy modern rockers The Head and The Heart were buskers in Seattle’s Pike Place Market by day, players in its coffee shop scene by night. In 2019, to celebrate their first decade as an ever-evolving band, The Head and the Heart played a rooftop gig at Pike Place for 30,000 fans lining the street below, and this winter they will release Rivers and Roads, a live album and film documenting that show.

Both will release digitally next Friday, January 22nd, with the film streaming on Amazon and a vinyl edition of the nine-song album due out on April 2nd — preorders and info can be found here.

According to a press release, the film will chronicle The Head and the Heart’s story alongside the concert footage, via archival footage and interviews with the band, including former and founding member Josiah Johnson, as well as early supporters from their first label Sub Pop Records.

In a statement, the band had this to say about the album and the milestone it marks:

“At the beginning of our journey as a band, a few of us would busk in a stairwell below the main entrance of Pike Place Market because the acoustics were free, our songs were tested via passers by and sometimes we would gather enough gifted cash to share a good meal. Ten years later, in August of 2019, we found ourselves performing on top of this same market to tens of thousands of people – strangers, friends, close family and the many who have supported us along the way. Our band has gone through extreme highs and lows, experiences of joy and of loss and we’ve continued on, reminded that people change, bands change, the story deepens and widens, but a gratitude for the city that raised us up will never falter.”

Watch the trailer for Rivers and Roads: The Head and The Heart Live from Pike Place Market below, and get more information on the release here.

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