Photo by Greg Gianukkos
Ed Jurdi of The Band Of Heathens :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project
1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?
It depends on my mood, but it can be a song I’ve heard a hundred times or a song I’m hearing for the first time. I think the inspiration comes from the way you hear something, whatever that spark is that makes you stop what you’re doing and take notice
It could be anything from Al Green to Gabor Szabo.
2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?
Hunter S. Thompson
This makes no sense, but you need a guy to get the party started, lots of storytelling range, and a great cook to make sure you’re fed well. This road trip is a one-time thing and these characters (although real) only fulfill my vision of who they are and what role they are supposed to fulfill for my enjoyment…
Selfish, I know.
3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Panda Puffs Peanut Butter Cereal
4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?
A large mirror.
5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?
Nag Champa (incense).
6. Coffee or tea?
7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?
Big Al Anderson (of NRBQ) walked up to me and said, “Hey you’re in that Heathens band, right?”
I replied, “yeah I am.”
He almost grinned and said, “you guys are real good, keep it up.”
8. Three words that describe you?
Good Time Charlie.
9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?
10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?
“You Can’t Always Get What you Want” – Rolling Stones
It clocks in at about 7 minutes, so I get a full dose of music, but it leaves a little bit of time to relax before and after the world comes to an end.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want :: The Rolling Stones
I had the privilege of catching The Band Of Heathens at The Mint, in Los Angeles, on the 13th of October. Though I had been a fan since 2009, with the release of “One Foot In the Ether“, this was the first time I’d gotten to see the band play live.
Live music does it for me – big time – and that night at The Mint, with the “Heathens” was no exception. They were incredible.
Check-out their albums – “Sunday Morning Record“, “Top Hat Crown & Clapmaster’s Son“, “One Foot in the Ether” (my favorite) and “Self Titled“, as well as a slew of live albums. Also — if you get the chance — go see this band live.
My current favorite tracks of theirs? Their twist and cover of Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio”, “Heart on My Sleeve”, “Cornbread” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me”.
I could probably list a few dozen, honestly, songs that have found their way into many a playlist this Fall, songs that are intrinsic bits of the way I have felt lately, and songs that have stuck around since 2009, becoming part and parcel to my life-soundtrack.
You should go check them out yourself and collect up your own favorite songs.
So…how about some music?
Here are a few tracks from The Band Of Heathens’ Los Angeles visit via “Jam In The Van”, recorded earlier in the day on October 13th.
Sugar Queen (live)
— from their soon-to-come new album (stay tuned for more on that…)
Green Grass of California (live)
You can learn more about Ed Jordi and The Band Of Heathens on their website here.
And one more track…one of my all-time favorite songs of theirs, recorded live at Austin City Limits, in 2011…
You’re Gonna Miss Me (live)
As always, if you like what you hear in this feature go out and support the music. Buy a song, a few songs, an album. Go to a live show. Spread the music…the love…keep the art alive.
I want to thank Ed Jordi of The Band Of Heathens for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.
Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.