No more sinning with corny connotations pertaining to their name we solemnly pledge. Rather, introducing the band’s Ed Jurdi on guitar, keys and vocals, Gordy Quist on guitar and vocals, Trevor Nealon on keys and vocals, Richard Milsap on drums and vocals and Scott Davis on bass and vocals. About a decade ago while performing individually at the legendary but now closed Austin club Momo’s, the guys started bonding. Which in time led to their potent brew of roots, folk and jam rock, country and blue-eyed soul. Still driven by their original principal songwriters Ed and Gordy, with all members harmonizing in crystal clear vocals, this free-wheeling quintessential live band first got due recognition in the 2009 PBS «Austin City Limits» when the tv show featured a set by both The Band of Heathens and Elvis Costello. The gig showed them to be first and foremost high energy rockers in the style of Keith Richards-Chuck Berry guitars and honky-tonk blues, but also suggesting their debt to The Band and Levon Helm and New Riders of The Purple Sage.
8 albums and one EP in a mix of live and studio have been their output so far, leading up to their more acoustic, current and 9th, titled «Duende». It’s a Spanish word that doesn’t have a literal English translation but its meaning would be somewhere in the vicinity of «the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm» says Merriam-Webster and Jurdi adds «It’s a fun word, the meaning of it is very cool, it’s where we are on our journey as musicians, as songwriters, as performers.» One song on the new disc «Road Dust Wheel» is especially current in its moving depiction of the plight of the Latino migrants to the U.S., still lured by and believing in the «American Dream». Lofty ideals and themes no doubt and coming from these genuine guys it’s a hell of a lot more than just on a wing and a prayer. (Sorry for the sinning relapse).
Live at el Lokal, stepping into to pyre on our stage, The Band of Heathens.