The Band of Heathens are a roots rock n’ roll band that hails from Austin, Texas. You can catch them at the upcoming Ann Arbor Folk Music festival on Friday, January 29th at the Hill Auditorium.
Their newest album One Foot In The Ether really reaches out and has a grasp on what music is all about, what music used to be, and what it should be. They are definitely not the plastic constructed pop outfit which tends to run rampant on the radio airwaves these days. These guys are the real deal. The mood and tone of the album showcases songs that stand out from each other in different shades of sound. Every song on the album has a different musical twist to it; this comes from the blend of having the three talented frontmen; Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist, and Colin Brooks who take turns on the lead vocals for different songs. The album is woven together in a creative interfusion of rock n’ roll, soul, blues, gospel, honky tonk, a slight funk undertone, a hint of R & B, and a sweet overall southern sound. The first track on the album is called “L.A. County Blues,” which pays homage to Gonzo journalist legend Hunter S. Thompson. This song really shines with a reminiscent and feel good sound. You can almost taste the creative sparks that these guys bring together at the kick off of the album. The rest of the album doesn’t disappoint either. Highlighting some of the other tracks that I thought really stood out are the revival tone gospel style song “Shine a Light,” to “Golden Calf,” which has a raspy underwater mysterious sound that has the echoes of a Tom Waits song. Other tracks include “Right Here With Me,” which leads in with the piano and has a lazy rainy day feel with simple lyrics that talk about everyday life. “Let Your Heart Not Be Troubled,” is a sweet slow country ballad that has it lyrical roots coming from the Bible. They also do a soulful cover of Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio.” The final track “Hey Rider,” seems to be a heartfelt prayer for the earth that brings a soothing calm to the end of the album. The kaleidoscope of musical influences on this album has brought together a fantastic community of sound. It’s an album that you can listen to start to finish during any season, month, or day of the week.
Come see The Band of Heathens play at the Hill Auditorium for the Ann Arbor Folk Music Festival on Friday, January 29th. Get your tickets online at http://tinyurl.com/yknokpd. Tickets are also on sale by phone at (734)763-TKTS or in person at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, Herb David Guitar Studio, the Ark box office, or any TicketMaster outlet.
For more info on The Band of Heathens visit http://www.bandofheathens.com