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Band of Heathens preps new CD

Monday, July 27, 2009 – The Band of Heathens' self-titled studio debut album worked wonders. They played about 250 dates and taped a show for this year's 35th anniversary season of Austin City Limits. The album hit number one one on the Americana Music Association Radio chart.

And they soon will be back with "One Foot in the Ether," due Sept. 15 on BOH Records through Redeye Distribution. "The band doesn't do things safely," explains Gordy Quist, one of the group's three front men. "Random and chance might actually be named as extra band members in the liner notes somewhere."

Quist sings along with Ed Jurdi and Colin .

"One Foot in the Ether" wasn't initially conceived as a full-length album. The band started booking short bursts of studio time in Austin while they were in town, with no producer and no expectations. As they continued deeper into the sessions, the project went from the originally planned 3 or 4 songs to 16 completed songs. "It became apparent that we had a full-length album on our hands and started honing things down to make a cohesive album," Jurdi said.

With a five-album record deal offer from one of the major-independent record labels on the table, The Band of Heathens opted to release the new album on their own BOH Records, just as they did their last self-titled studio album. Brooks explains, "In the current 'climate change' of the music business, nobody knows how it is going to work so we are not averse to trying things our own way and experimenting."

In July, the band taped Austin City Limits, an opportunity that came to them when the program's producer, Terry Lickona, first saw the group at the Americana Music Conference last September. The ACL episode also features Elvis Costello and will air Nov. 7. The band will tour Europe in fall, following a Ryman Auditorium appearance the American Music Awards on Sept. 17.

CD reviews for Band of Heathen

Band of Heathens CD review - Band of Heathens
It's probably not kosher to compare a group of Austin musicians to the offerings in a Chinese restaurant. And yet, Band of Heathens offers up such a wide palette on their new disc, making the analogy is, like that second egg roll, just a little too tough too resist. Austin's Band of Heathens delivers a steaming heap of soul-dipped country, country-fried gospel and a couple of other plates they probably haven't even come up with names for yet. Take "Jackson Station," which »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Life's good for Carll, Moorer – Life's been pretty darn good for Hayes Carll. He released a new disc, the sturdy, "What It Is," and he remarried - to fellow singer Allison Moorer. Carll has enjoyed a two-decade long career as a plainspoken singer, some of it distinctly country, some of it more following in the footsteps of the great Texas singer/songwriters, like Ray... »»»
Concert Review: Evans brings the cheer – What's a country song without drinking? Morgan Evans seems to have gotten the missive loud and clear as a good chunk of his songs incorporate libations into the mix. And when the Australian-bred singer isn't confronting drinking, he's dealing with matters of the heart, but in keeping with the positive attitude he purveyed, love is most... »»»
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