As founding members and leaders of Austin, Texas’ The Band of Heathens, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist combine their unique voices to define the band’s kaleidoscopic American sound.
Originally from the Boston area, Jurdi has forged a sound both rooted in the past and pointing toward the future. An ardent student of the masters of American music, he brings the passion of a gospel sermon and juxtaposes it against a gathering of merry pranksters with a soulful delivery . Jurdi currently lives in Asheville, N.C. after spending almost eight years in Austin, Texas.
Quist spent most of his childhood outside of Houston, melding the influences of the 60’s pop music from his parents’ record collection with the rich folk and blues heritage he discovered in Texas. At home from Austin, he harnesses a rich baritone, a love of history, and alternating doses of red wine and coffee to chase song ideas wherever they take him, with whomever wants to come along for the ride.
As a duo, Jurdi and Quist showcase the unique chemistry they have developed together that is the driving force behind the rock and roll of the Band of Heathens. “Anytime we get to be creative and record or perform, it helps bring us closer together,” says Jurdi. “It promotes the growth of ideas, which is our highest currency. Ideas are like gold, they are the seeds for the songs.”