So, you want to be in a band? And you live in Austin? Unheard of. Like the hundreds of music capital hopefuls, three songwriters- Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist began doing a song swap every Wednesday at Momo’s, a 6th St. staple that no longer exists (tear). The weekly series became dubbed as “The Good Time Supper Club” and quickly developed a devoted following. After adding a bassist and a drummer, the group soon transformed into The Band of Heathens- an Americana rock band whose organic harmonies put them at the front line of the music scene.
A live recording in their old stomping grounds, “Live From Momo’s,” captured the attention of music lovers everywhere, voting them “Best New Band” at the Austin Music Awards in 2007. This also caught Americana legend Ray Wylie Hubbard’s ear, who soon got on board to produce their first self-titled studio album in May of 2008. The album shot to #1 on the AMA radio charts- a feat only achieved by one other independently released album. The next album, One Foot in the Ether, to no avail, also quickly climbed into the #1 spot. With a third studio record and a live DVD in rotation, this band continues to produce hit songs and top-notch albums.
The Band of Heathens make a pit-stop on their heavy touring schedule to play The Parish this Saturday. Joining them will be Whitman, who captures the struggles and triumphs of a touring band trying to make it in their newly released, Weekends. They will take the stage at 10pm and set the pace for an evening of storytelling and intertwining harmonies. Get your tickets here and celebrate the Longhorn’s future win with some of Americana’s best musicians.