A haven for Heathens




The Band of Heathens

Serendipity is a funny thing. Sometimes, as I am writing my column, I am at the mercy of people returning phone calls or e-mails.

Sometimes I am left scrambling.

Every time I begin scrambling, though, the musical gods drop their ambrosia of knowledge upon my giant head.

Case in point: an e-mail telling me about a band playing at All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse Feb. 4: The Band of Heathens.

I liked the name and went to the band’s website to stream its latest release, “Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son.”

These guys are incredible. Everyone from The Wall Street Journal to the Chicago Sun-Times seems to get how good they are:

“TBOH played the best set I came across (at SXSW 2009).” — WSJ

“What makes the Heathens so refreshingly different is the overall musicianship and seamless blending of alt-rockers, folk tales, gutbucket blues and heartland anthems.” — CST

I almost wish I had not heard them so I could have heard them for the first time live. They are that good.

Two of the tracks that really stood out, “The Other Broadway” and “I Ain’t Running,” reminded me of Little Feat — Lowell George-era Little Feat. And besides calling someone “Abbey Road”-era Beatles, I can’t give a band a higher compliment.

I called Gordy Quist, one of the four founding members of the Heathens. I had some questions. For starters, where is this sound coming from?

“I think everybody in the band brings their own influences to the table,” Quist says. “Anything from Dylan and The Band to the Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, a bunch of soul music from Otis Redding to Wilson Pickett.

“Different guys in the band bring something different. It’s fun playing in a band … with a bunch of guys who don’t all have the same taste and same background as far as what they’re listening to.”

But their musical influences are not solely responsible for their sound; it’s the fact that the band started in four different directions.

“When we started off, there were four different songwriters in the band,” Quist says. “There were basically four different bands. It was this kind of a gig where one guy would play for an hour, there’d be a half-hour changeover and the next guy would play for an hour.

“We started sharing the stage and saying, ‘Hey, can you stick around and play keys during my set,’ with each of the front men migrating into each of the different bands. At some point someone had the idea, ‘Why don’t we combine this into one show instead of doing a bunch of different sets?’ It has definitely morphed from what was four distinct bands; now it is just a band.”

I asked him about my hearing Little Feat in the Heathens’ sound.

“I think that Little Feat is a big influence on the band,” he says. “Not for me — I didn’t grow up listening to a ton of Little Feat — but I’m definitely a fan. I think Lowell George is amazing. Ed Jurdi (singer on ‘The Other Broadway’ and ‘I Ain’t Running’) is definitely a huge Little Feat fan. Little Feat — their grooves are incredible. They had a really cool way (of) syncopating everything. They had a swampy lilt to it. It was really cool. I think that lilt is present in our music.”

What differentiates the Heathens’ acoustic sets from their electric album?

“When we started off, our shows were more acoustic, more on the singer/songwriter side,” Quist says. “To me, good songs translate either way. The goal is to write a song that can stand up with an acoustic guitar and one voice, but then it’s also great to give it a rock-and-roll arrangement.

“In the acoustic show, our harmonies are showcased a little more. The show translates well acoustically. It’s pretty different. Our fans like the acoustic show. It’s still powerful.”

Normally, I would urge you to go check out the band’s music before attending the show.

But this time I suggest you don’t listen before seeing the Heathens live.

Because the surprise of hearing great music, the best part, is hearing a band get it right. 

Just bring cash because you will want to buy what the Heathens are selling afterward: CDs, T-shirts, swampland in Florida, anything. If they’re selling it, I’m buying it.


February’s best bets for live music

2/1 They Might Be Giants, Cain’s Ballroom The quirky, indie, cerebral goodness that is They Might Be Giants kicks off your February. Some of my favorite songs of all time (“Birdhouse in Your Soul,” “Istanbul,” etc.) came from this duo. The music is timeless; it sounds as good now as it did way back in 1982, when the group started. I wish more bands would try to push the envelope like this band does. They Might Be Giants’ songwriting is obscure and esoteric to the point that you need to do research after a seemingly cute little song about a bird that watches over you, to wit: “Longines Symphonette.” Seriously. Look it up.

2/18 Broncho, Fassler Hall One of National Public Radio’s 5 Favorite Garage Rock Bands in 2011 takes its act up the Turner Turnpike from Norman to our best version of a German beer hall. It is happy music, but it is also punk. It is a Ramones-esque pounding night of music to which you will want to bring your best happy sneer — a giggling, mosh-pit extravaganza, if you will. And if I were you, I certainly would.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »You Might Like

Locker room: Tyler Fleck

Hockey veteran, teacher, artist, entrepreneur

Pizza and vino Italiano — perfezione!

Give your favorite pizza an extra boost by pairing it with the perfect Italian wine.

Table talk: February 2012

The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest products, restaurants and events.
Edit Module

Add your comment:
21c

 

Get the best in arts, entertainment and more straight to your inbox.

Join our email list

Edit ModuleShow Tags

January 2019

We’re serving up our new chef-inspired fondue and traditional brunch options like Alpine Benedict Cheese Fondue, French Toast Fondue, Avocado Fiesta Toast plus bottomless mimosas. Reserve...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
View map »


Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
Website »

More information

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and one of the animators of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grant's Frames
8007-A S. Sheridan Rd
Square One Shopping Center
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Rock Art Show
Telephone: 610-389-1807
Contact Name: Scott Segelbaum
Website »

More information

Hike the Garden’s 1.5 mile nature trail by the full moon to discover the night sights and sounds of the forest and prairie. Drinks and kits for making s’mores over fire pits will be...

Cost: $10 per person for members; $15 for non-members

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and one of the animators of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grant's Frames
8007-A S. Sheridan Rd
Square One Shopping Center
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Rock Art Show
Telephone: 610-389-1807
Contact Name: Scott Segelbaum
Website »

More information

So You Want to Make a Movie? Learn how to take your movie idea from conception to reality through hands-on guidance. The goal is to create a short digital video to be submitted to a local film...

Cost: $375

Where:
Ahha Tulsa
101 E. Archer St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and one of the animators of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grant's Frames
8007-A S. Sheridan Rd
Square One Shopping Center
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Rock Art Show
Telephone: 610-389-1807
Contact Name: Scott Segelbaum
Website »

More information

FREE Speaking Event “Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance” Scientific theories must do more than merely satisfy the data; they must do so in a way that is (to use a term...

Cost: FREE

Where:
ORU Global Learning Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
View map »


Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Shawn Bender
Website »

More information

Theme Imitation Imitation is a form of flattery. Learn how writers mimic themes, voice and tone – with one-on-one mentoring - to create your own unique piece of poetry. Instructor: Clemonce...

Cost: $300

Where:
Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
View map »


Sponsor: Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and one of the animators of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grant's Frames
8007-A S. Sheridan Rd
Square One Shopping Center
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Rock Art Show
Telephone: 610-389-1807
Contact Name: Scott Segelbaum
Website »

More information

Every Wednesday Live Event Trivia is at The Willows Family Ales - Show starts at 7 and is free to play! Movie scenes, Finish the Lyric, Classic Trivia, and more! The crew from T-Town Tacos will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Willows Family Ales
418 south peoria ave
tulsa, OK  74120
View map »


Sponsor: The Willows Family Ales
Telephone: (918) 895-6798
Contact Name: Julian Morgan
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Solo performance. Tulsa songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player originally from the OKC area. Drawing from co-songwriters and countless influential mentors and supporters in the Tulsa music scene,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Willow's Family Ales
418 S. Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74120
View map »

More information

Animal People: Lecture with Dan Musgrave Thursday, January 24, 9:30 - 10:45 am What does it mean to be an 'Animal person'? For that matter, what does it mean to be a person? Drawing upon his...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong
Website »

More information

HumanNature: Photography Workshop with Dan Musgrave Thursday, January 24,  2 - 3:30 pm Think of the average American home: climate controlled, pest free, and human centric. Yet, as Jeff Goldblum...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong
Website »

More information

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and one of the animators of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grant's Frames
8007-A S. Sheridan Rd
Square One Shopping Center
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Rock Art Show
Telephone: 610-389-1807
Contact Name: Scott Segelbaum
Website »

More information

Body/Mind Techniques for Managing Stress.   Trauma, fear, panic attacks, PTSD, diabetes, chronic pain, anxiety and phobias all have components related to emotional or physical...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Hardesty Regional Library
8316 E. 93rd Street
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Success Skills
Telephone: 405-401-3519
Contact Name: Ron Watkins

More information

Solo performance. Tulsa songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player originally from the OKC area. Drawing from co-songwriters and countless influential mentors and supporters in the Tulsa music scene,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Willow's Family Ales
418 S. Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74120
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Do you and your pup have "cabin fever"? Come out to the Botanic Garden during our "Dog Days of Winter" - Fridays and Saturdays during January and February only when four-legged...

Cost: Free for Garden members & their dogs. Admission + $4 per dog for non-members.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson

More information

Golf Oklahoma is bringing back the Oklahoma Golf Expo for 2019. And we’re tremendously excited to have a busy south Tulsa location as our new venue. The Tulsa Golf Expo will be Jan. 25-26...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills
1902 E 71st St
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Golf Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-280-0787
Contact Name: Chris Swafford
Website »

More information

Friday, January 25, 1 - 2 pm Chimpanzees in the Congo Basin exhibit some of the most complex tool behaviors documented outside of humans.  This talk will share recent discoveries on how young...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
View map »


Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong
Website »

More information

Stand-up comedian Brian Regan brings his tour to our city! Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and...

Cost: $60.00

Where:
Brady Theater
105 West Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: SoundChronicle
Telephone: 802-255-1826
Contact Name: Emily Carter
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Beginning with an introduction into the origin and characteristics of coffee and ending in the myriad of ways we imbibe our black gold, this course is an aerial view of coffee’s journey from...

Cost: $50

Where:
Topeca Coffee
1229 E. Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK
View map »


Sponsor: OSU-Tulsa
Website »

More information

The annual Tulsa Eagle Day has been renamed to “Eagle Watch and Raptor Rally.” It will be on Jan. 26, 2019 from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Jenks High School, Building 6. There will be presentations...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jenks High School, Building 6
205 E. B St.
Jenks, OK
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Audubon Society
Website »

More information

The Orbit Initiative, produced by The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, resumes its FREE community satellite adventures at seven local community centers this Saturday, January 12th, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various
Various
Tulsa, OK  Various
View map »


Sponsor: The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust
Telephone: 918-596-7119
Contact Name: Jeremy Stevens
Website »

More information

Do you and your pup have "cabin fever"? Come out to the Botanic Garden during our "Dog Days of Winter" - Fridays and Saturdays during January and February only when four-legged...

Cost: Free for Garden members & their dogs. Admission + $4 per dog for non-members.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson

More information

Golf Oklahoma is bringing back the Oklahoma Golf Expo for 2019. And we’re tremendously excited to have a busy south Tulsa location as our new venue. The Tulsa Golf Expo will be Jan. 25-26...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills
1902 E 71st St
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Golf Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-280-0787
Contact Name: Chris Swafford
Website »

More information

Pain Management Class Non-medical Treatments for Pain Non-medical treatments may be used to treat chronic pain, along with pain medicines. They might also be used alone for mild pain or...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Glenpool Library
730 E. 141st Street
Glenpool, OK  74033
View map »


Sponsor: Success Skills
Telephone: 405-401-3519
Contact Name: Ron Watkins

More information

Come and Support ORU Women's Basketball as they jump into another exciting season. Join in on the fun and purchase your tickets today! All children ages 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will...

Cost: $7.00

Where:
MABEE CENTER
7777 S LEWIS AVE
TULSA, OK  74171
View map »


Website »

More information

Evergreens are often overlooked and under-appreciated in the landscape, yet in the winter months they provide color, form and texture that their deciduous counterparts can’t provide. Take a...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Tulsa Botanic Garden

More information

America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
View map »


Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
Website »

More information

We are thrilled to announce The Pencil Box's brand new event, Rock Paper Scissors, to be held at the historic Cain's Ballroom on Saturday, January 26, 2019, and we need you there! This event will...

Cost: $150.00

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 918-442-2222
Contact Name: Nancy Bolzle
Website »

More information

Come see ORU Mens Basketball vs North Dakota State!

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 South Lewis Ave
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74171
View map »


Sponsor: https://mabeecenter.com/event/californiabaptist1819m/
Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Mabee Center
Website »

More information

Living Arts of Tulsa is celebrating its 50th anniversary during its signature gala, Champagne & Chocolate. The event features a fashion show and auction and features the work of artist...

Cost: $100

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E. MB Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
View map »


Sponsor: Living Arts of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-585-1234
Contact Name: Jessica Borusky
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Giving Guide
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

TULtalk


2.2: Mending with Gold — Ana Berry

On this episode of the Tulsa Talks podcast, Ana Berry is a champion for the city with a new perspective on life.

Comments

Video: Soundscapes Tulsa

Comments

2.1: The Pivot — Meg Myers Morgan

Season 2 is all about reinvention, and you could say that today’s guest, Meg Myers Morgan, wrote the book on how to do it — through negotiation and self-reflection.

Comments

Lives well lived

Remembering the prominent Tulsans we lost in 2018.

Comments

Can soothing sounds help the healing process?

Amy Hamilton, a certified sound healing practitioner, offers a monthly SoundScapes class at Zen Body in Tulsa.

Comments