Live Interview: The Band of Heathens - Gordy Quist, Ed Jurdi and Colin Brooks Discuss SXSW
Texas has a long history of pumping out amazing musical talents: Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Roky Erikson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Edgar and Johnny Winter, T-Bone Walker and Blind Lemon Jefferson; the list of musicians who were born in Texas is distinguished most notably by the meteoric impact with which they struck and the indelible mark they continue to leave upon anyone who runs across their music for the first time.
Often cited as the musicians who drove later great musicians to play; it is still as potent today, and as easily identifiable, the influence they hold within their respective genres. But nowhere can their influence be felt more strongly than in the little town of Austin, Texas. And particularly this week as bands, artists and those involved in every aspect of music descended upon this musical mecca for the festival known as SXSW.
The Band of Heathens Interview with Gordy Quist Ed Jurdi Colin Brooks
I recently had a chance to talk with Gordy Quist, Ed Jurdi and Colin Brooks, three of the song-writer/ musicians from one of Austin's proudest and most successful musical offspring, The Band of Heathens, as they rolled through Atlanta on their way back home for SXSW. I also had an opportunity to talk extensively with Gordy Quist after writing about the band's up-coming album, Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son, set for independent release on March 29th. Another of my on-the-road interviews--the band was rolling down the highway on their tour bus as Gordy and I spoke.
Although most of the members of The Band of Heathens are not originally from Austin, they represent well what that city has become, an adopted home for many talented musicians, a place where music and creativity are born and nurtured. A tight-knit musical community whose reputation is well-respected and admired by the music world at large.Continued on the next page