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Thursday, March 13 • 1:00am - 1:30am
The Band of Heathens

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It's rare for a band's first two releases to be live recordings. But then there's nothing typical about The Band Of Heathens. Live At Antone's - simultaneously released on DVD and CD - finds their concept of 'songwriters in the round with a rhythm section' moving into exciting new territory. Now truly a magical musical entity, one that's comprised of singers/songwriters/guitar-pickers Colin Brooks, Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi, bassist Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman following in the footsteps of legendary names of Americana as the Band, Little Feat and Townes Van Zandt. Live at Antone's, recorded in June of 2007, shows why the quintet captured 2007's Best New Band at the Austin Music Awards. It's true that it was the first time they ever used a set list, but like all of their shows, this performance was an exhilarating mix of familiar tunes and some that were previously unrecorded. Throughout the Heathens' refined brand of soul, folk and country shines in a new way. Quist explains that the Austin Music Awards verified what other's had seen, but the band's members hadn't caught on to. "We thought of it as a side project for a long time," he relates. "But right around the time we won that award, we got serious about being a band." Brooks chimes in, "To be embraced like that by Austin was astounding. I certainly feel more at home in this band now, and that includes my own band, than I have in any other band." While appreciative of the award, Jurdi may be the voice of reason among them. "I'm not sure winning the award made much of a difference," he asserts. "What we're experiencing just may be a natural progression, in terms of songwriting and arranging for the band." One thing is for certain, what the Heathens do now sounds and feels more like a band. It's something you can experience while watching Live at Antone's on DVD. They shine on new tunes like "Rehab Facility" and "Blood In The Water." Songs like the raucous "Jenny Was A Keeper" and the dripping with soul "Bumblebee," - both of which appeared on their first effort Live At Momo's - possess a different fire. Adding to the proceedings on keyboards and accordion is Chip Dolan. The entire performance at Antone's, thirteen songs of the Heathens at a new peak, is intercut on the DVD with interview segments that show the band's droll sense of humor. In addition, an 'Extras' section includes a glimpse at the not so glamorous life on the road, as well as three songs recorded at their home base Momo's and a collection of delightful photographs presented as a slideshow. The Heathens ever expanding fan base will be pleased to know that they have just wrapped up recording their first studio disc, with renowned Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard in the producer's chair, and special guests Patty Griffin, Gurf Morlix and Stephen Bruton making appearances. A release in the first part of 2008 is planned. For now however, the band will continue to tour throughout Texas and into the West, with gigs in Colorado and New Mexico scheduled for early next year, bringing their unique brand of Texas twang and country soul to anyone who is curious. In the meantime, Live At Antone's loudly proclaims this is a band and this is what Austin's Best New Band sounds like.
http://2008.sxsw.com/music/showcases/band/4386.html

Thursday March 13, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Habana Annex 708 E 6th St

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