The Head and the Heart’s Kenny Hensley Went to China to Study Kung Fu and Got His A** Kicked

"We stayed for a month out in the country at this little school and just got our asses kicked every day."

By Radio.com Staff

After a long and successful tour promoting their 2013 album, Let’s Be Still, The Head and the Heart members opted to take some much needed time off—nearly a year. While guitarist Jonathan Russell was on a charitable trip to Haiti and bassist Chris Zasche toured the Pacific Northwest in a camper van, pianist Kenny Hensley jumped at the chance to fulfill a childhood dream of studying Kung Fu in China. But unlike his dream, he found his limits tested while training a grueling twelve hours a day, thousands of miles from home.

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“My good friend and high school buddy, Kurt, had always talked about going to China and living at a Kung Fu school just doing it for the experience.” Just before Hensley left for the trip his friend jumped on board. Hensley describes breaking boards and bricks with his bare hands. “We stayed for a month out in the country at this little school and just got our asses kicked every day. It sucked.”

Then, as if learning a skill in a foreign country wasn’t enough, Hensley returned to Los Angeles to earn his pilot’s license.

The Head and the Heart’s new album Signs of Light is set for release Sept 9. Watch the band perform live in the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ today (July 19) at 2:00pm PT.

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