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Pop / Rock 26/02/2008

Austin's 'Best New Band 2007' To Release First Studio Album

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Austin, TX. (Top40 Charts/ Band of Heathens Official Website) - Immensely popular Austin-based musicians The Band of Heathens take one more step beyond their Texas borders when they unveil their self-titled studio release on May 20, 2008. The five "rough around the edges" members of The Band of Heathens have a grit and authenticity reminiscent of other notable fan-driven rock bands like Little Feat, The Black Crowes and Drive-By Truckers.

Known for their live recordings, The Band of Heathens present a polished studio album that showcases the individuals who came together partly by accident and marks their actualization into a unified band. The Band of Heathens were making a name for themselves long before they actually had their present moniker. While performing in other bands at the same venue, the guys began to jam together and were affectionately called the Heathens. Before long, the Austin press picked up on the name, which later evolved into The Band of Heathens. The Band of Heathens' brand of Southern rock soon garnered the Austin Music Awards "Best New Band of the Year" accolade in 2007.

Living and performing in the live music capital of the US, The Band of Heathens have been able to forge musical relationships with local luminaries, many of whom contribute their talents to the new record. Produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard, the studio release features guests Stephen Bruton, Patty Griffin and Gurf Morlix. With no single front man, Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist and Colin Brooks are each showcased in their vocal delivery, songwriting and guitar interplay. The unified front downstage is cemented by a heavy groove courtesy of Seth Whitney on bass and John Chipman on drums.

Touring all over the United States has also added layers of flavor to their songs. With raucous favorites like, "Bumblebee" and "Jenny Was a Keeper," the audience participation is a key ingredient. The guys definitely do not disappoint those looking for a live vibe on their latest record. The Band of Heathens' fans will eat up the buoyancy of "Cornbread" and the old time rhythm of "Jackson Station." Conducive to dancing and swaying, the release is a record that, refreshingly, does not take itself too seriously. There is a comfort and ease in the material and lyrics; a perfect marriage of roots and jam allows the casual tone of the songs work anywhere from a back porch party to a packed club.

Even in their studio effort it is clear The Band of Heathens loves playing this music they create together. The five will continue their aggressive touring schedule supporting the new material and honor the relationship with their fans. The studio release will make their creative melange more accessible to a variety of audiences in 2008 and solidify their reputation in the American music scene.

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