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THE BAND OF HEATHENS! $10 w/ special guest THE O'S

Categorized as: Nightlife & Entertainment
Event tags: music, Pappy's


9pm: THE BAND OF HEATHENS! $10 w/ special guest THE O'S

July 13, 2012

$10 general admission tickets at or P&H:

Since emerging as a favorite new live band out of Austin TX in the late

2000s, the Band of Heathens has toured relentlessly, building a devoted

following and landing on some of the finest stages in music. Over three

studio albums and hundreds of shows each year, they've evolved as a

group and broadened their sound. Their most recent album Top Hat Crown

& The Clapmaster's Son spiked the already potent

punch with a dash of jammy psychedelia. And the rich and righteous

vocal harmonies that set TBoH apart from the beginning have just gotten


The Band of Heathens began 2012 with the first lineup

change in 4 years with the departure of Colin Brooks. So going forward,

songwriting frontmen Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist are complimented by the

rhythm section of drummer John Chipman, bassist Seth Whitney and

keyboard player Trevor Nealon. With a growing resume of key shows and

broadcasts to their credit, (Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass,

Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits TV Show and ACL Festival among them),

the slightly rejiggered Band of Heathens has never enjoyed so much

renown or optimism.

The band got its start in late 2005 when a

group of likeminded songwriters established residency gigs on the same

night of the week at Momo's, a club on Austin's famous Sixth Street.

Friendship, sit-ins and harmony jags gelled into something quite rare: a

band with multiple front-men, each with enough humility and passion to

invest in the larger project. The sum transcended the parts, and very

quickly, word spread about TBoH's special chemistry. The strong voices

up front all played a role, whether as leaders or locked together in


The show's-the-thing focus led them down a somewhat

unorthodox path: launching their recorded career with two live discs,

'Live from Momo's' and 'Live at Antone's', released in 2006 and 2007

respectively. The Heathens took their time getting their first studio

album out, but when that eponymous debut was released in 2008, they

proved they could write and record a coherent statement that measured up

to their show. They followed relatively quickly with One Foot In The

Ether toward the end of 2009. Both shot to the top of the Americana

chart and remained there for months, a longevity rare in any format of


Top Hat Crown&the Clapmaster's Son, released in

2011, stretches further, without breaking faith with the feel and

integrity that got the Band of Heathens this far. The positive reaction

from fans and critics vindicated the group's hopes that the album would

show growth. Blurt magazine said that 'in a crowded roots rock field,

(their) diversity sets them apart.' And 'it would have been easy for

[them] to play it safe on Top Hat Crown&the Clapmaster's Son,'

said Pittsburgh's Daily News. 'But they decided to tweak their formula a

bit and the results are truly memorable.' And American Songwriter ruled

it 'an album that begs to be listened to from start to finish.'

Currently TBoH is working on a four-disc, two-volume, live DVD release

called the Double Down - Live in Denver (Vol. 1 & 2). The live

DVD/CD set was recorded over two nights in October 2011 at Denver's

Cervantes' Other Side. It features the band's live variations and

extensions of original material mostly from their last two studio


The Band of Heathens has been honored as Best New Band

at the Austin Music Awards, and has been nominated in various categories

at the Americana Music Awards over the past few years. The Wall Street

Journal's Jim Fusilli called theirs the best set at South By Southwest

2009. And the rest of the press has been equally effusive: The Dallas

Morning News calls them 'a must-see show.' Maverick magazine says

they're 'magnificent.' For The Chicago Tribune, the band felt

'refreshingly different,' and The New York Times called their show at

Brooklyn's Union Hall 'hungry, unflagging and lean.'

The Band

of Heathens continues to be distinguished by creative collaboration and

their epic live shows, which have earned them a strong fan base of folks

who appreciate improvisation and a good jam, but crave a great song.

And while songwriting and vocal duties are chiefly handled by the guys

at the front of the stage, they are decidedly a five man band,

benefitting from the equal input of all. It is truly a band that needs

to evolve to survive, and the fans have rewarded that growth at every


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