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The formation of The Band of Heathens is as natural and organic as the music they create. In early spring 2006, the three principle songwriters, Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist, were sharing the bill every Wednesday night at the venerable Austin club Momo's. Originally, it started as each songwriter performing his own set. But in a short time they started sharing the stage equally and collaborating on each other's songs, with bassist Seth Whitney as the anchor of the rhythm section. The Wednesday night series was billed as "The Good Time Supper Club." Largely improvised and unrehearsed, the shows quickly gained in popularity and word spread throughout Austin that if you wanted live music on Wednesday night, Momo's was the place to be.
A misprint in a local paper billed the act as "The Heathens." The moniker stuck and soon The Band of Heathens began to cultivate a loyal and growing legion of fans that immediately took to the expert musicianship, the finely-crafted songs and the band's distinct quality of having three front men, each one of whom sings, writes and plays lead guitar. In March 2007, drummer John Chipman joined the band and helped fortify their country-soul-rock-and-roll sound.
In May 2006, The Band of Heathens teamed up with the Austin label Fat Caddy Records to record two Wednesday nights as a snapshot of the scene at Momo's. In October 2006, the critically acclaimed Live from Momo's was released to the public. Live records normally don't get the attention and airplay that studio efforts do, but with Live from Momo's, program directors, club owners and media around the country started to take notice of this upstart Austin band.
During 2007's South By Southwest Conference, the band members were invited to attend the Austin Music Awards ceremony at the Austin Convention Center. That night The Band of Heathens accepted the award for "Best New Band" as well as runners-up awards for "Band of the Year," "Album of the Year," "Song of the Year," "Best Record Producer" and others. Individually, members of the band were also recognized by the Austin music community as nominees for "Musician of the Year," "Best Male Vocalist," "Best Bass Guitar" and "Best Acoustic Guitar."
The "Best New Band" from Austin, TX spent the rest of 2007 living up to that accolade and acting as de facto ambassadors for the "Live Music Capital of the World" with extensive touring throughout Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana.
It's rare for a band's first two releases to be live recordings, but then there's nothing typical about The Band of Heathens. Live at Antone's - simultaneously released on DVD and CD in January 2008 - has furthered the buzz and acclaim about both the band and their live shows.
When The Band of Heathens finally entered the studio to record their long-awaited debut studio effort, they assembled a collection of their best songs, employed the legendary songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard to produce and called on a few special guests (Patty Griffin, Gurf Morlix, Stephen Bruton) to help out. The final product is a self-titled, polished studio debut that is sure to be on many "Best of" lists for 2008.
So, if you would like to win one of these great new CDs, just answer this easy question: A by-product of that touring and growth was a live DVD ... but on what date was it recorded live?!
Send us your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these new CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before July 1st with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: BAND OF HEATHENS CDs to: email@example.com
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