The Band of Heathens

The Band of Heathens

Screen Door Porch

Fri, July 20, 2012

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

The Band of Heathens
The Band of Heathens
Since emerging as a favorite new live band out of Austin TX in the late 2000s, the Band
of Heathens has toured relentlessly, building a devoted following and landing on some
of the finest stages in music. Over three studio albums and hundreds of shows each
year, they've evolved as a group and broadened their sound. Their most recent album
Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son spiked the already potent punch with a dash of
jammy psychedelia. And the rich and righteous vocal harmonies that set TBoH apart
from the beginning have just gotten better.

The Band of Heathens began 2012 with the first lineup change in 4 years with the
departure of Colin Brooks. So going forward, songwriting frontmen Ed Jurdi and Gordy
Quist are complimented by the rhythm section of drummer John Chipman, bassist Seth
Whitney and keyboard player Trevor Nealon. With a growing resume of key shows and
broadcasts to their credit, (Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Lollapalooza, Austin
City Limits TV Show and ACL Festival among them), the slightly rejiggered Band of
Heathens has never enjoyed so much renown or optimism.

The band got its start in late 2005 when a group of likeminded songwriters established
residency gigs on the same night of the week at Momo's, a club on Austin's famous
Sixth Street. Friendship, sit-ins and harmony jags gelled into something quite rare: a
band with multiple front-men, each with enough humility and passion to invest in the
larger project. The sum transcended the parts, and very quickly, word spread about
TBoH's special chemistry. The strong voices up front all played a role, whether as
leaders or locked together in harmony.

The show's-the-thing focus led them down a somewhat unorthodox path: launching
their recorded career with two live discs, "Live from Momo's" and "Live at Antone's",
released in 2006 and 2007 respectively. The Heathens took their time getting their
first studio album out, but when that eponymous debut was released in 2008, they
proved they could write and record a coherent statement that measured up to their
show. They followed relatively quickly with One Foot In The Ether toward the end of
2009. Both shot to the top of the Americana chart and remained there for months, a
longevity rare in any format of music.

Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son, released in 2011, stretches further, without
breaking faith with the feel and integrity that got the Band of Heathens this far. The
positive reaction from fans and critics vindicated the group's hopes that the album
would show growth. Blurt magazine said that "in a crowded roots rock field, (their)
diversity sets them apart." And "it would have been easy for [them] to play it safe on
Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son," said Pittsburgh's Daily News. "But they
decided to tweak their formula a bit and the results are truly memorable." And
American Songwriter ruled it "an album that begs to be listened to from start to
finish."

Currently TBoH is working on a four-disc, two-volume, live DVD release called the
Double Down - Live in Denver (Vol. 1 & 2). The live DVD/CD set was recorded over two
nights in October 2011 at Denver's Cervantes' Other Side. It features the band's live
variations and extensions of original material mostly from their last two studio albums.
The Band of Heathens has been honored as Best New Band at the Austin Music Awards,
and has been nominated in various categories at the Americana Music Awards over the
past few years. The Wall Street Journal's Jim Fusilli called theirs the best set at South
By Southwest 2009. And the rest of the press has been equally effusive: The Dallas
Morning News calls them "a must-see show." Maverick magazine says they're
"magnificent." For The Chicago Tribune, the band felt "refreshingly different," and
The New York Times called their show at Brooklyn's Union Hall "hungry, unflagging
and lean."

The Band of Heathens continues to be distinguished by creative collaboration and their
epic live shows, which have earned them a strong fan base of folks who appreciate
improvisation and a good jam, but crave a great song. And while songwriting and
vocal duties are chiefly handled by the guys at the front of the stage, they are
decidedly a five man band, benefitting from the equal input of all. It is truly a band
that needs to evolve to survive, and the fans have rewarded that growth at every turn.
Screen Door Porch
Screen Door Porch
The corridors that link Wyoming’s grand landscapes are a fitting backdrop to the escapades of Jackson Hole band Screen Door Porch. A vibe that evokes open space, dramatic textures and Southern grit “lends an easy Western flair to their more prominent native influences of North Carolina and Kentucky, a combination that goes down as smoothly as top-shelf bourbon” (Austin Chronicle). Residing in the country’s least populated state as a soulful Americana, Roots-Rock and Country-Blues band has its own set of demands and challenges but ultimately, the rewards of a Porch view are forged through introspective song.
The core duo – singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis – once again covered the spectrum of “acoustic grace and electric overdrive, passing a musical baton across the surface of sophomore gem The Fate & The Fruit” (The Alternate Root). The album delves into subjects of life’s adversities and triumphs, taking chances and getting knocked down, yet decidedly resilient amongst the fray and “ranges from the slow, sultry seduction of ‘Devil’s Honey’ to the intelligent roots-rock of ‘Shift Work’ and the cowboy funk grooves of ‘Right Down To It’” (The Mad Mackeral).
The band’s energetic stage show thrives in a space that houses colorable harmonies, award-winning songwriting, and a diverse bag of acoustic & electric instrumentation. Leaving little behind with the kitchen sink, Screen Door Porch performs either as a QUARTET (female/male vocals with 3-part harmony supported by acoustic/electric/slide guitars, banjo, mandolin, fretless bass, drums, Wyoming kazoogle, harmonica) or as a DUO (without drums/bass, add homemade suitcase kick-drum). The upcoming show will feature The Duo.
The past year has been fruitful and inspiring. The band’s recent tour in May/June of 2013 was featured in the Sunday edition of The New York Times for their “entrepreneurial gumption” in founding and organizing “the hardscrabble economics of the WYOmericana Caravan Tour, a traveling concert circus.” Opportunities to share concert bills with Americana darlings Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Steve Earle, Otis Taylor, The Band of Heathens, and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers have certainly elevated the stage.

While getting spun at Americana stations coast-to-coast and across Europe, The Fate & The Fruit hovered at #21 on the Euro-Americana Chart and #29 on the Roots Music Report Roots-Rock Chart alongside Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits. Then the album was voted #2 Album of 2012 by the Wyoming Public Radio (NPR) listening audience, garnering more votes than Grammy nominees The Alabama Shakes. The album earned good words from across the media spectrum, including No Depression, The Alternate Root, Rootstime, Pop Matters, The Deli National, The Mad Mackerel, and 8 of 10 stars at Americana UK, which had this to say:
“[Rose & Davis] swap lead vocals to suit the song and songwriter, a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time: heartfelt yes, earthy certainly, but never languid. ‘Burnin’ At Both Ends’ and ‘Shift Work’ show both our heroes at their most gritty. The reality is that Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis go together like bacon and eggs. This is the sound of America, untamed and infinite.” ~Americana UK
The Fate & The Fruit is a follow up to 2010’s debut LP, Screen Door Porch (2010), which was received with arms wide open and a ticket to ride. The album climbed to #16 on the Roots Music Report Folk Chart, and Maverick Magazine was the first publication among many to make the connection that “Rose’s vocals have the gorgeous drawl of Lucinda Williams, while Davis sounds like Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams.” Both SDP albums were recognized in a combined seven  “Best Albums of the Year” lists including American Roots UK Editor’s Top 25, Tupelo Honey’s Top 20 Americana Releases, and Twangville’s Top 100.
Aiding in the perpetual growth of a grassroots fan base, these indie musicians have been fortunate to share concert and festival bills with Wilco, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, Yonder Mountain String Band, James McMurtry, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Band of Heathens, Anders Osborne, Malcolm Holcombe, and Jalan Crossland, as well as appearances at South by Southwest, Americana Music Festival (backing Jim Avett), Grand Teton Music Festival, Bear Trap Summer Festival, Jackson Hole Music Festival, Sawtooth Music Festival, Magic City Blues Fest, Nowoodstock Fest, Donkey Creek Music Festival, Music on Main Victor, Soundcheck Festival, and Oyster Ridge Music Festival. HYPERLINK "http://ScreenDoorPorch.com" \t "_blank" ScreenDoorPorch.com
Venue Information:
Pink Garter Theatre
50 West Broadway
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 83001
http://www.pinkgartertheatre.com