While Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest extravaganza continues to jump the shark due to corporate excess and misdirection, the capitol city continues to be an exceptional music town. The Band of Heathens came out of Austin’s rich music scene with a lot of buzz in the mid-’00s. The group’s first two albums were live projects, showcasing the band’s ability to bring its brand of Americana/Rock & Roll to the masses.
The Band of Heathens’ latest studio recording is Sunday Morning Record and it features new compositions by founding songwriters and guitarists Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi.
The group has seen some personnel changes over the years, which, along with the usual personal things that happen when one grows older and matures (yes, even musicians), led to Sunday Morning’s more introspective nature.
The current lineup of Heathens features Jurdi and Quist, along with keyboardist Trevor Nealon, who has been in the band for five years now, and new drummer Richard Millsap.As with all combos that value their time onstage, the subdued nature of the songs on Sunday Morning Record are evolving as the group brings them to life in concert, allowing the electric guitars to take the lead.
THE BAND OF HEATHENS plays the Taft Theatre's Ballroom Friday with Josh Eagle. Tickets/more info here.