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Band of Heathens slate new CD

Monday, January 24, 2011 – A busy 2010 saw the Band of Heathens play 200-plus shows, hit Lollapalooza and tape Austin City Limits with Elvis Costello. The band also found time to write and record a new studio album.

"Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son" drops March 29 as the band's third studio album and fifth release overall. Producer George Reiff, (the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, the Courtyard Hounds and Ray Wylie Hubbard) produced the disc, which will be on the band's BOH Records. The sound merges rootsy, Band-like sounds with blues and New Orleans styles.

The three frontmen are Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist and Colin Brooks. Bassist Seth Whitney was a member from the get-go. Drummer John Chipman joined in 2007.

The Heathens released their self-titled debut was released in 2008 and followed with "One Foot in the Ether" toward the end of 2009.

The group will tour behind the disc. Dates are:

Thursday, March 3 Ann Arbor, Mich.
Friday, March 4 Champaign, Ill
Saturday, March 5 St. Louis
Friday, March 11 San Antonio
Saturday, March 12 Dallas
Tuesday, March 15 Austin (SXSW)
Saturday, March 19 Houston
Tuesday, March 29 Denver
Wednesday, March 30 Aspen, Col.
Thursday, March 31 Park City, Utah
Friday, April 1 Boise, Ida.
Saturday, April 9 Santa Cruz, Cal.
Sunday, April 10 San Francisco
Monday, April 11 Folsom, Cal.
Tuesday, April 12 Bakersfield, Cal.
Wednesday, April 13 Los Angeles
Thursday, April 14 Phoenix
Sunday, April 17 Driftwood, Texas


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CD review - Sunday Morning Record There is a retro feel to "Sunday Morning Record" from Austin-based The Band of Heathens with touches of the Beatles and '70s country rock. The Beatles influence appears strongest on Girl With the Indigo Eyes, which features harmonies and drums reminiscent of Long, Long, Long, and the opening track Shotgun with a guitar riff that recalls Here Comes the Sun. Other tracks with Beatlesque harmonies are The Same Picture and Since I've Been Home, the latter also referencing retro ...
CD review - One Foot in the Ether The second release for The Band of Heathens continues their strong emergence onto the music scene by displaying a variety of mesmerizing attributes. This follows up the success of their debut, and proves they were not ready to rest on their accolades. This displays much more depth, digging into a soulful funk that grabs you from the start. Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist and Colin Brooks continue to provide strong vocals and harmonies, along with their timeless writing talents. Supported by Seth Whitney on ...


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