It's in rural southwestern Ohio where THE HEARTLANDERS make their own kind of folk tunes. Uplifting and thoughtful, they call their music 'panoramic’ because of its big-sky vocal melodies and wide range of instrumentation. Although they employ the sounds of everything from pianos and cellos to pipe organs and banjos, the staple behind their sound is a folk guitar and a moving lyric. With a subtle throwback to Johnny Cash or John Prine -- their music often has a sincere narrative and a heartfelt delivery. They twist that all up into an eclectic array of Americana songs with classic hooks and foot-stomping energy.
'The Austinist' writes this about their songwriting, "Their sound is expansive, almost to the brink of epic, and the song writing is accessible in a way that defines fall weather; colorful and different".
At the root, THE HEARTLANDERS are two fellas - Chris Sutton & Christman Hersha. Both long-time song-smiths and singers, they’ve had their share of dusty road tours & musical experiences. Sutton, living in rural Washington, performed his brand of ballads from the Cascades all the way down to Mexico where he set up musical residency. Hersha, starting out in Appalachia made his way to the southern town of Austin, Texas. There, he toured and performed nationally with an established indie rock outfit called ‘The Story Of’. It wasn’t until 2009 when the two returned to the heartland and met on a kind fall day in southwest Ohio. Not long after, they discovered a kindred spirit and shared love for tall-tales and musical storytelling. Soon albums began to take shape, including their 3rd and most recent work - an inspired full-length called ‘ON THE ROAM’.
They have since garnered a reputation for their captivating performances and entertaining stage shows. This has landed them spots on national indie and folk festivals (SXSW, CMJ, Midpoint) Their sets range from the intimate & mellow, to the raucous & rowdy. The constant, however, is their obvious stage chemistry and whimsical way of singing their tales. The boys have had their tunes placed with MTV2, Discovery Channel, NPR, New Belgium Brewery, and a hand-full of independent films.