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The Band of Heathens - The Band of Heathens

The Band of Heathens

The Band of Heathens

Available from The Connextion.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

This Austin, Texas band shows off some of the best of the music coming from that city at this time; it is a homogenous mix of blues, folk, country, R&B, rock, phrased in other words, roots music. It sure doesn't hurt anything that one of the icons of the gumbo that is Texas music, Ray Wylie Hubbard, produced this disc and contributes vocals and slide guitar on Cornbread, as well. This is a band that shows both grit and polish on this studio disc, which has three front men and vocalists; each with their own different and distinctive style in their vocal delivery, as well as songwriting style. Ed Jurdi (Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Harmonica, Wurlitzer Piano, Hammond B-3, Percussion) , Gordy Quist (Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Percussion), and Colin Brooks (Vocals, Electric Guitars, Dobro, Lapsteel, Percussion), or some combination of the three wrote the songs except for Maple Tears written by Gordy Quist and Adam Carroll. The strong rhythm section of the band is Seth Whitney (Bass, Vocals, and Percussion) and John Chipman (Drums, Vocals, Percussion). They have five strong voices that are both distinctive and at the same time blend in harmony. There is at various times both power and sensitivity in the songs, and sometimes in the same song; the swings are strong and never for the sake of change, rather for the progression of the song. They make good use of their fellow Austin musicians such as Patty Griffin on vocals on three songs, the afore mentioned Ray Wylie Hubbard, Gurf Morlix on pump organ, and Stephen Bruton on mandolin. There is a very obvious nod to the influence of Little Feat in the song Unsleeping Eye, which is indicative of how unpretentious this band is. Play the music, have a good time, don't take yourself too seriously but the music is another story as it is played with heart and feel; just listen to the depth of feeling in any of the songs. One that touches close to the heart is the full harmonies on Cornbread.

Don't miss this good time excursion into the roots of the Music of today, sure is hard to get its honest grooves and good time feel out of the system.

Track List:

  • Don't Call on Me (Jurdi)
  • Jackson Station (Quist/Jurdi)
  • Maple Tears (Quist/Carroll)
  • Heart on my Sleeve (Brooks)
  • Second Line (Quist/Jurdi/Brooks)
  • 40 Days (Jurdi)
  • This I Know (Jurdi/Quist)
  • Unsleeping Eye (Quist)
  • Cornbread (Brooks)
  • Nine Steps Down (Jurdi/Quist)
  • Hallelujah (Brooks)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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