Referring to the Band of Heathens as an overnight sensation isn't exactly accurate, even though, by the band's own admission, it ascended into the spotlight fairly quickly.
What began initially as a series of Wednesday-night jam sessions at a club in its native Austin -- an event the group dubbed "The Good Time Supper Club" -- coalesced into an outfit that quickly gained national attention and soon after, climbed to the top of the Americana charts. It was due in large part to the fact that it possessed all the goods it needed from the very beginning, thanks to a pair of seasoned singer/songwriters in Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist, each of whom had pursued solo careers prior to participating in those impromptu gatherings.
Not surprisingly, then, the group's initial albums were recorded live prior to releasing its eponymous studio debut in 2008. And while concert recordings continue to find a place in its catalog, Band of Heathens has shown a decided studio savvy as well. With the core outfit currently consisting of Jurdi and Quist on vocals and guitar and later recruits Richard Milsap and Trevor Nealon -- on drums and keyboards, respectively -- it can proudly lay claim to its most fully realized effort to date, Sunday Morning Record.
"I think everything about our band, in terms of the way things are usually done, has been ass backward," Jurdi told us earlier this year. More »