Six years ago, Ed Jurdi, Colin Brooks and Gordy Quist were solo artists sharing the bill at Momo’s in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday nights.
Each act was there to perform his own set, but before long, the trio began sharing the stage, collaborating on each other’s songs and quickly gaining popularity as a group.
“We thought of it as a side project for a long time,” Quist said. “Eventually, it got to a point where the chemistry was undeniable.”
Often compared to the Black Crowes and The Band, The Band of Heathens’ identify themselves as American rock and roll, and rock and roll they do. With three singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalists in the band, there’s no shortage of talent to pool when they take the stage. The group has been featured at notable national festivals like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, to name a few.
In May 2008, the band released its first studio production simply titled “The Band of Heathens.” Produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard, the album reached No. 1 on the Americana and Euroamericana charts, becoming only the second independently released album to ever do so.
In September 2009, the band released “One Foot in the Ether,” which again made it to No. 1 on the Americana and Euroamericana charts. That same year, they landed a coveted spot on Austin City Limits‘ 35th anniversary episode, which included established superstars Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Elvis Costello.
Their March release, “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son,” made the Americana Music Association’s Top 10 Albums of 2011 list. Deservedly, Top Hat is the band’s third album in a row to land a spot on the list at year’s end.
The Band of Heathens will follow Elizabeth Cook on the Outlaw Snowdown Main Stage at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. They will be the last of nine acts to play in the heated tent set up in Town Park over the Martin Luther King Day weekend.
For a complete Outlaw Snowdown lineup visit www.outlawsnowdown.com.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (888) 512-7469.