The Band of Heathens
Screen Door Porch
50 West Broadway
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 83001
Doors 9:00PM / Show 10:00PM
This event is 21 and over
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
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
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
The corridors that link Wyoming’s grand landscapes are a fitting backdrop to the sounds of Screen Door Porch—evoking open space, dramatic textures, and a genuine character that steeps within your psyche. The Americana/Alt-Country/Folk-Blues/Rock quartet thrives with a no-boundaries approach to songwriting, female/male vocal harmonies, and a range of instrumentation—staging acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, kazoogle, harmonica, bass, and drums.
This special CD Release Concert features the band in its full form, as a quartet, with the consummate rhythm section of bassist Tom Davidson and drummer Andy Peterson. Special guests are also on tap, and as a special thanks to their hometown fans, the band will give away a free copy of the new CD to the first 25 people through the door.
The core singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist duo of South-to-West transplants—Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis—have fleshed out a batch of lush roots-rockers and soulful, stripped-down acoustic arrangements on Screen Door Porch’s sophomore gem, The Fate & The Fruit (2012). Both infectiously grooving and intuitively intelligent, the album delves into subjects of life’s adversities and triumphs, taking chances and getting knocked down, yet decidedly resilient amongst the fray. As of mid-April, The Fate & The Fruit had climbed to #32 on the Roots-Rock FAR Chart in just its second week of being added to radio.
The Fate & The Fruit is a follow up to 2010’s debut LP, Screen Door Porch, which was recognized in five BEST-OF lists: Roots Music Reports Top 100 Albums, NPR’s Best of Wyoming, Tupelo Honey’s Top 20 Americana, Twangville’s Top 100, American Roots UK Editor's Top 25, and JH Weekly’s Best of Jackson Hole. The album also climbed to #16 on the Roots Music Report Folk chart alongside Bob Dylan, and the songwriting combo of Rose and Davis was lauded by The Austin Chronicle as “a combination that goes down as smoothly as top-shelf bourbon.” Maverick Magazine made a connection that “Rose’s vocals have the languid drawl of Lucinda Williams, while Davis sounds like Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams.”
Both albums were recorded at Ramble Creek Studio in Austin, Texas with co-producer Britton Beisenherz and feature the elements that have subtlety taken the project from a jam on the porch to a band with a grassroots following. Screen Door Porch recently scored Silver in Jackson Hole Weekly’s 2012 Best of JH Reader’s Poll for Best Band Playing Original Music.
Hop onto the porch and be washed into the grain!
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