ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Celebrating ten years together, the Austin, Texas-based Band of Heathens has embarked on a banner year with founding members Ed Jurdi (guitar, keys, vocals) and Gordy Quist (guitar, vocals) along with Trevor Nealon (keys, vocals), Richard Millsap (drums, vocals) and Scott Davis (bass, vocals).
Band of Heathens has two new releases slated for 2016: the “Green Grass” EP, which premieres four new BOH originals and a faithful cover of The Band’s “Bessie Smith,” featuring Joe Fletcher; and a full length album slated for a September release.
The EP is a return to the kaleidoscopic rock ’n’ roll sound that the band has forged over the course of their career. Blending country and R&B on tracks like “DC9” and integrating lyrical prose with rock ‘n’ roll and pop sensibilities on “Out on Each Other,” the music showcases the creative chemistry of the band’s current lineup.
“There’s a deeper sense of exploration on these tracks that feels really special,” said Gordy Quist.” I think it’s the best the band has ever sounded, and I think it’s a good reflection of where we are right now.”
For a limited time, the “Green Grass of California” is available for a free download at bit.ly/BOH_GreenGrass_2016 and can be streamed on soundcloud.com
Both new releases for 2016 feature a sonic shift in the band, as BOH strays further into their roots to harness the energy of their live shows, and away from the more folk and singer-songwriter direction they took with their 2013 release “Sunday Morning Record.” Some of BOH’s new tracks were recorded in Asheville, Austin and Nashville—geographic influences that are evident in those songs.
BOH launched their musical career in Austin with 2006’s “Live From Momo’s” and 2007’s “Live at Antone’s.” The group was recognized as the Best New Band at the Austin Music Awards in 2007.
Town Center Park opens for the July 7 concert at 6 p.m. and music will start at 7 p.m. All Music in the Mountains concerts are free and open to the public. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Leave glass containers and dogs at home.