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FAME Review: The Band of Heathens - One Foot In The Ether
The Band of Heathens - One Foot In The Ether

One Foot In The Ether

The Band of Heathens

BOH Records - BOH0102

Available from The Band Of Heathens Official eStore

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

The story of this band naissance is one to convince you of the power of serendipity just in case you weren't already a believer. The three primary songwriters in the group, Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist, and Colin Brooks—who also share the vocals—were sharing a gig at Momo's, an Austin club on Wednesday nights. Initially they each performed their own set; however they soon were sharing the stage and performing together. First Seth Whitney joined them on bass and after a stretch John Chapman started sitting in on drums and percussion. As to their name it was a misprint in a local paper, and it stuck. Thus we have born this wonderful Americana band, The Band of Heathens, and this their second studio disc.

This is a solid effort that shows time and consideration were put into the project; the songs are arranged in a manner that varies the beats and rhythms and feels and thus keeps the listener interested by never falling into a sameness. Each song is a solid entity that stands on its own merits and yet fits cohesively together with those around it, yet there is variety in the feelings evoked and makes for a varied listening experience, ranging from almost a gospel feel to, rocking blues, to more thought provoking quiet tunes. A wide ranging disc that shows off the abilities of the three lead singers, both as individuals and their ability to blend into a harmonious unit, and their instrumental prowess on a variety of instruments in a plethora of styles. This is a group that leaves one satisfied with the wait for this effort and yet looking forward to the next installment of their collaborative efforts.

Track List:

  • L.A. County Blues
  • Say
  • Shine A Light
  • Golden Calf
  • What's This World
  • You're Gonna Miss Me
  • Right Here With Me
  • Let Your Heart Not Be Troubled
  • Somebody Tell the Truth
  • Look at Miss Ohio
  • Talking Out Loud
  • Hey Rider

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2010, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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