Fine, Bonnie Whitmore (from the Aviatrix Records release Last Will & Testament) Bonnie Whitmore lulls you in with a chorus of harmonies on the opening track to her latest album. But before one can settle into the lushness, a fuzzy bass, quickly joined by ominous strings and a resonating electric guitar, interrupts to create a […]
Singer-songwriter Gordy Quist of The Band of Heathens talks about The Finishing School studio, a brief stint as a substitute teacher (with an accompanying apology to substitute teachers that he had as a child), and why music can be personal therapy.
Full Moon Goodbye, Michael McDermott (from the Pauper Sky Records release Orphans) Orphans is notable in that it is made up of songs that were written for but didn’t make the cut for McDermott’s recent albums. Orphans they may be, outcasts they are not. This collection of songs more than hold their own in the […]
Sunday Morning Record. The title of the latest from The Band Of Heathens does as good a job of describing the recording as just about anything anyone writes. Those early morning hours when the night before is still ringing in your ears and the warm morning sun commands something a little less energetic and little […]
By now you’ve seen what most of us were listening to on our MP3 or CD players last year. So I thought I’d add my favorite live sets from last year. 1) Roger Waters: I got a chance to see The Wall at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. Holy cow. As far as I’m […]
I’m beginning to think The Band of Heathens are a little bit like Benjamin Button. Many well-known bands start with critically acclaimed albums, move to spending more time on the road, then abandon studio releases all together to milk their live performances. The Heathens started as a live-only phenomena and now, with their third release, […]
In year’s past, I haven’t done much a personal “Best-Of” list at year’s end. I have left that up to others, mainly due to the stress level inherent with such a task. This year, I contributed a list to multiple outlets, so I figure I would share my ballot with you here. What you see […]
Wikipedia defines Americana as “artifacts related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States.” By that, the latest effort from The Band Of Heathens is about as close to a definitive musical interpretation of Americana as you can get. One Foot In The Ether has a little something for everyone who’s […]