- 'Unsleeping Eye'
- 'Don't Call on Me'
The Band of Heathens was formed in 2006 in an Austin, Tex., venue called Momo's. It was there that three of the area's singer-songwriters — Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist — shared a Wednesday-night lineup. Eventually, the three melded their individual sets into one long set, began accompanying one another and added a rhythm section in bassist Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman.
The group's first record, a live effort recorded at Momo's, was released in 2006. It helped generate significant local buzz: The Band of Heathens went on to win "Best New Band" at the Austin Music Awards. The follow-up was again a live effort, this time a DVD filmed at the club Antone's. The group had just finished recording its self-titled studio debut when it came to West Virginia to play Mountain Stage in February 2008.
Blending country, rock and soul, The Band of Heathens' style sounds like a cross-section of American music. Jurdi plays guitar and harmonica and sings the lead on "Bumblebee" and "Don't Call on Me," both his compositions. Brooks wrote and sings on "Cornbread," and also plays guitar, dobro and lap-steel guitar. Guitarist and singer Gordy Quist's contribution is "Unsleeping Eye."