Band of Heathens
The Band of Heathens came together in Austin in 2006, in a process as natural and organic as the music they create. Songwriters Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist joined a weekly multi-artist bill at the famed Momo's club and began to share the stage and perform each other's songs. Word of their shows grew, and after a newspaper somehow mistakenly dubbed them the Heathens, they had a name for their new band. Songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, a skilled Texas talent-spotter, signed on to produce their debut studio album, and Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal wrote that The Band of Heathens played the best set he heard in five nights at the SXSW festival in Austin. We believe it—their set at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival a few years back was a sensation! The Band of Heathens is one of the great live acts on the Americana circuit right now, and their studio recordings, fine as they are, don't do them justice. They mix a good greasy Texas sound with lyrics that stick with you and a handful of jams to get things really cooking.