Band Of Heathens To Showcase New Record
So you want to treat your valentine to a special evening? Make plans to have a nice romantic dinner at The Grovewood Tavern & Wine Bar (17105 Grovewood Ave) or Scotty’s Italian Eatery (882 E 185th St) before attending The Band of Heathens return to the Beachland Ballroom on Sunday, February 13th. The group will be showcasing material from their upcoming record Top Hat Crown & the Clampmaster’s Son due for release on March 29th along with favorite selections from previous albums One Foot in the Ether and their self-titled debut.
I first saw the Heathens play during an Americana Music Association showcase and was taken by the band’s three-front-man approach with Colin Brooks (Guitar, Dobro, Lapsteel), Ed Jurdi (Guitar, Keyboards), and Gordy Quist (Guitar, Harmonica) taking turns with lead vocals while the rest of the band blends sweet vocal harmonies. The rhythm section features Seth Whitney on bass and John Chipman on drums. Brook’s take on their unique partnership “We have three distinct writers/singers who share the front but make a unified sound, not unlike some bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s, when the music was what drove the wheel, not the tabloid pop-star personality with a great rack.”
The Heathens consider themselves a true rock band and describe their sound as “muscular with electric guitars, Hammond organs, vintage electric pianos and pill-bottle slides … all fine ingredients for rock ’n’ roll in its purest form”. Listen to tracks “L.A. County Blues”, “What’s This World”, “Somebody Tell The Truth”, and “Hey Rider” from One Foot in the Ether to get a taste of the Heathens sound along with a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio”.
The boys from Austin Texas will be joined by the Scar Lovers, a newly formed local all-star band featuring Chris Allen, Roger Hoover, Brent Kirby, Dave McKean, and Tom Prebish making for an awesome twin bill of great music. The bar will be have an ample supply of Shiner Bock, so make the most of the weekend and make a date with the Band of Heathens.