Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pie Hole Gets a Write-Up in Rolling Stone—Sort Of

Posted By on Sat, May 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Seattle-based pop dreamboats The Head and the Heart have been on a steady path to success for the last year. And this month, they finally achieved the "Dr. Hook standard of success," making it into the hallowed pages of Rolling Stone.

But if you check out the lead to that Rolling Stone article, it appears that the band's success was a direct result of visiting Boise. More specifically, downtown pizza institution Pie Hole.

To understand the overwhelming optimism of Seattle folk-rock band the Head and the Heart, just look at how they conquered Boise, Idaho. After their gorgeous, harmony-fueled ballads failed to win over a nightclub crowd, the six-piece set up at a nearby pizza place and played acoustically into the wee hours. The following morning, they played for free again at a farmers market.

Their next Boise show a few weeks later was packed.

"Some people were from the club, some from the pizza place, others from the market," says singer-guitarist Josiah Johnson, who writes most of the songs with co-founder Jon Russell. And though they're big enough for a prime slot at this summer's Bonnaroo, this month they'll be back at the pizza place after another Boise gig. "They give us free pizza!" says violinist-singer Charity Thielen.

Though Pie Hole isn't specifically cited in Rolling Stone, employees have previously confirmed with Boise Weekly that they are the referenced "pizza place." But if you don't believe us, stop by some morning at 3 a.m. They'll be glad to tell you all about it.

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