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Published: 3/23/2010

SESAC Honors Band Of Heathens


SESAC’s Associate Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Tim Fink (far left) and SESAC’s Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Amy Beth Hale (far right) stop by the Loveless Barn to present theww.bandofheathens.com/" target="_blank">Band of Heathens with a plaque in honor of their #1 Americana album, One Foot in the Ether. The band, who were rehearsing at the Loveless Barn in anticipation of their appearance at “Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Café,” are currently on a nationwide tour in support of Ether.

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Pictured (sitting, left to right): Colin Brooks and Gordy Quist.  Standing (left to right): SESAC’s Tim Fink, Ed Jurdi, John Chipman, Seth Whitney and SESAC’s Amy Beth Hale.    PHOTO: Ed Rode

ABOUT the Band of Heathens:
The guys in the Band of Heathens are fond of saying they became a unit by accident. But that’s like saying the Big Bang was an accident. Unplanned, maybe, but hardly random. One might even argue that a kind of destiny was involved. The merger of singer/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist and Colin Brooks, with bassist Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman, from their respective solo careers and bands may not be akin to a cosmic explosion, but their new album, One Foot in the Ether, offers irrefutable evidence that they were meant to be together — and have evolved into a solid entity worthy of the comparisons they receive to the Black Crowes, the Band and Little Feat.

One Foot in the Ether is the Band of Heathens’ strongest work so far — and that’s saying something, considering their last three releases (two live and one studio) brought the band out from relative obscurity to playing 250-plus shows a year for their rabid fan base, as well as a coveted taping for this year’s 35th Anniversary season of the Austin City Limits television program. Their last album hit No. 1 on the Americana Music Association Radio chart, spent two months at No. 1 on the Euro-Americana Radio chart and wound up at No. 8 on the AMA’s Top 100 Albums of 2008 list. That album also earned the band an Americana Music Association Honors & Awards nomination for 2009 New Emerging Artist of the Year.  The group took Best New Band honors at the 2007 Austin Music Awards, shortly after their current lineup came into place as the band morphed from a side-project to a cohesive tight unit.

The bar has been set high for this release, but one listen to One Foot in the Ether makes apparent that the Heathens’ three-front-man approach to writing and performing over the past three years has paid off in the studio. Aside from the confidence necessary to pull off releasing two live albums before releasing a studio album, it’s evident that their unorthodox career strategy suits them well. 

 
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