Ed Jurdi & Gordy Quist w/guest Danielle Miraglia
As founding members and leaders of Austin, TX’s The Band of Heathens, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist combine their unique voices to define the band’s kaleidoscopic American sound. From festival performances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Wakarusa, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to over a thousand one-nighters in clubs and theaters across the United States and Europe, Ed and Gordy have created a musical bond, a brotherhood of a voice that can only be found after years working together on the open road.
Originally from the Boston area, Ed 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 and timeless voice. Ed currently lives in Asheville, NC after spending almost eight years in Austin, TX. Gordy 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, Ed and Gordy 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.” Adds Quist “It’s a much more vulnerable performance, and it’s been nice to let people inside some of these songs in a way that isn’t possible at the full band shows.”
Opening for Ed & Gordy is Danielle Miraglia, who comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica. Her tunes range from heart-felt to socially conscious and will move both your heart and hips. Danielle's latest release “Box of Troubles” a bare-bones expression of all these attributes explores the highs and lows that life has to offer and has already received rave reviews. Alternate Root says “Danielle Miraglia’s guitar work keeps Delta traditions alive. Her steady thumb and playing style trace a direct line to the blues of the field and chicken shacks. Vocally, Danielle’s voice digs in, twisting within the delivery, seeming to break but more likely soaring before the fall. ‘Box of Troubles’ balances good times with the bad, her characters roles’ defined and believable.”
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