Band of Heathens

The Band of Heathens

by The Band of Heathens
     
 
When a band calls itself the Band of Heathens, one might assume that its focus is death metal or black metal. But these Austin, TX residents don't sound anything like that; their focus is bluesy, country-tinged Americana, roots rock, Southern rock, and rock & roll. That focus certainly lends itself to being based in Austin -- a

Overview

When a band calls itself the Band of Heathens, one might assume that its focus is death metal or black metal. But these Austin, TX residents don't sound anything like that; their focus is bluesy, country-tinged Americana, roots rock, Southern rock, and rock & roll. That focus certainly lends itself to being based in Austin -- a city that has a lot of credibility when it comes to Americana and roots rock -- and it serves them well on this self-titled CD. Although this is the Band of Heathens' first studio album, it isn't their first album period; their first two releases, the 2006 CD Live from Momo's and the 2007 CD/DVD Live at Antone's, were both live recordings. How many bands wait until their third release to provide a studio album? Not many. Given the fact that so many artists never record a live album at all, it is refreshing, albeit unorthodox, that the Band of Heathens did things the way they did. And thankfully, the studio environment doesn't deprive them of their bluesy grit. Drawing on influences that include the Black Crowes, the Rolling Stones, the Band, the Allman Brothers, and John Cougar Mellencamp, the Band of Heathens keep things nice and gritty on well-crafted tracks like "Cornbread," "Jackson Station," "Unsleeping Eye," and "Heart on My Sleeve." This memorable, if derivative, CD not only benefits from the fact that the Band of Heathens has an attractive sound -- it also benefits from the fact that the writing is consistently solid. The Band of Heathens make the transition from live recordings to the studio pleasingly well on this 2008 release.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2008
Label:
Boh Records
UPC:
0678572959721
catalogNumber:
1001
Rank:
70220

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Performance Credits

Band of Heathens   Primary Artist
Ray Wylie Hubbard   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guest Appearance
Stephen Bruton   Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Patty Griffin   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gurf Morlix   Pump Organ,Guest Appearance
Ed Jurdi   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Wurlitzer,Group Member,Hammond B3
Gordy Quist   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
John Chipman   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Seth Whitney   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Collin Brooks   Dobro,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ray Wylie Hubbard   Producer,Audio Production
Adam Carroll   Composer
Ed Jurdi   Composer
Gordy Quist   Composer
Pat Manske   Engineer
Collin Brooks   Composer

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