Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Evolution of success

Austin’s ‘best new band’ award winner to play in Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

The Band of Heathens will be familiar to music lovers as they have played at the annual Sawooth Music Festival in Stanley and in Ketchum. Courtesy photo by Lewis Cooper

Since last appearing in Idaho a few years ago, funky soul brothers in Americana that are The Band of Heathens have picked up a few critical accolades and been named "Best New Band" at the Austin Music Awards. Critics from The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and other heavy hitters have called their live performances "must-see" and their musical take on three studio and three live albums "refreshingly different" and "hungry, unflagging and lean."

But songwriter Gordy Quist said the adjectives being neglected in commentary on The Band of Heathens, in his opinion—not to mention his spelling and interpretation—are "scrumtrulescent and soulful."

The band will appear Thursday, July 19, at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum at 9 p.m. and promise to deliver to fans what they have come to appreciate, which is improvisation and a good jam, as well as well-written songs.

Quist said that while all the praise is meaningful, there was one show that marked the band's pinnacle for him.

"I grew up watching the Austin City Limits TV program," he said. "So getting to do a taping was something I certainly dreamed of, but never thought it would actually happen. It was definitely one of the most memorable shows we've played."

The band has been spending some time spreading its music around the West. Its latest release is a double CD/DVD set called "The Double Down: Live in Denver." With gains in popularity has come some creative marketing, including recording all its shows and selling them on USB drives at the show's end. Fans can see these on their own CHNL online within two days of the show. They can be found at

While based in Texas, where the music scene is hotter than a metal playground slide that's spent the day in direct sun, Quist said they're aware of the growing Idaho music scene thanks to The Braun Brothers, and that Micky Braun of Micky and the Motorcars "made us aware that there's something funky in the Idaho water that's brewing some soulful music."

Party with heathens

When: Thursday, July 19 at 9 p.m.

Where: Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum.

Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


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