While profiling local band The Head and the Heart for this week's upcoming edition of Rocket Queen, I caught 3 of the band's 5 members performing individual sets at Conor Byrne, the club where the band members originally met. I realized immediately that I really need to hit that venue more often. The Head and the Heart solo sets by Josiah Johnson, Charity Thielen and Jon Russell were mesmerizing, room-silencing events, but so were the efforts by the other artists taking turns at the mic.
Right before Bryan John Appleby took the stage, Johnson told me he thought he was probably one of the best performers in the city, but that he just wasn't much of a self-promoter. Well, I'm now on a personal mission to get the word out about this soft-spoken fellow. He was kind enough to give me a copy of his CD, and it was the first thing I played on my radio show this weekend. You can check out two tracks from his self-titled, self-released EP over on MySpace (I'm currently enamored with "The Rider, the Horse, the Land") and you can catch him at the Can Can on Thursday, August 12.