The Band of Heathens will be playing at The Ryman in Nashville on August 19th, as well as in for Americana Fest in September!! They’ve just announced an ambitious new album project: a re-envisioning of Ray Charles’ 1972 album A Message From The People, in its entirety. The band chose to re-record the often forgotten album because of its moving commentary on social justice, abuse-of-power, and its vision for a stronger, more-unified America. Aptly titled A Message From The People Revisited, the record will be out on 9/14.
Upon hearing the Heathen’s version of the record, musical legend Quincy Jones (who is credited as an Arranger on the original album) exclaimed, “It’s a great interpretation and I admire their spirit to give it to charity!” The group will be donating proceeds from the album to Rock The Vote.
The group recently released the track “America The Beautiful,” which caught the attention of Rolling Stone Country writing, “On ‘America the Beautiful’ – still the album’s crown jewel, as well as its final track – the Band of Heathens mix the stomp of a roots-rock band with Stax-sized soul. There’s upright piano, swirling organ and a full choir, all centered around an elastic vocal performance that would’ve made Charles proud.”
The Band of Heathens last album Duende charted at #1 on Americana Radio list, and was well-received by Rolling Stone Country, Relix, The Boot, No Depression, and many others.
You can learn more about the show at the Ryman and buy tickets here!
Last year, The Band of Heathens made a giant leap with their full length album Duende, which landed on Rolling Stone’s top 50 Americana and Country Albums of 2017 at #31. The subject of significant acclaim from Relix, No Depression, The Boot, Rolling Stone Country and others, Duende was the band’s fifth studio album (and eighth overall), and marked their twelfth anniversary as a group.