Band Of Heathens Set New Album Release

Band Of Heathens have set a March 29th release date for their new cd, Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son.

Produced by George Reiff (Chris Robinson, Courtyard Hounds, Ray Wylie Hubbard), new album comes on heels of Austin City Limits (PBS) appearance, festivals and #1 Americana record

2010 was a year of making noise and news for the Band of Heathens. With 200-plus show dates, a fifth anniversary celebration, appearances at Lollapalooza and other top national festivals and a taping of Austin City Limits with Elvis Costello, it is remarkable that the Heathens even found time to write and record a new studio album, but they did.

The result is Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son, a surprising, multi-faceted gem of a disc. Their third studio album and the fifth release overall, Top Hat Crown displays the wide range of classic influences fans and critics have come to admire in the band, yet they've added, built and grown. Producer George Reiff, celebrated for his work with the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, the Courtyard Hounds (Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks) and Ray Wylie Hubbard, tended to the album's vibe and spirit, which is reaching, rocking, bluesy, funky and enjoyable as hell, from its rocking opening to its serene acoustic conclusion.

The Band of Heathens is constantly being compared to The Band because of the musical finesse that overlays their timeless, rootsy core. And the three founding members are all skilled multi-instrumentalists who can play almost any position in the field. But TBoH has reached so many fans so fast because of the echoes of and subtle homage to so many different artists at the core of the Americana canon, including Tom Petty, Tony Joe White, the Grateful Dead, Leon Russell, George Harrison, and other rarified stylists. You can hear a little of all that at a Heathens show or on disc, and Top Hat Crown feels like the most coherent and mature encapsulation of those elements so far.

Tour Dates:

Thurs., March 3 Ann Arbor, Mi
Fri., March 4 Champaign, Il
Sat., March 5 St Louis, Mo
Fri., March 11 San Antonio, Tx
Sat., March 12 Dallas, Tx
Tues., March 15 Austin, Tx (Sxsw)
Sat., March 19 Houston, Tx
Tues., March 29 Denver, Co
Wed., March 30 Aspen, Co
Thurs., March 31 Park City, Ut
Fri., April 1 Boise, Id
Sat., April 9 Santa Cruz, Ca
Sun., April 10 San Francisco, Ca
Mon., April 11 Folsom, Ca
Tues., April 12 Bakersfield, Ca
Wed., April 13 Los Angeles, Ca
Thurs., April 14 Phoenix, Az
Sun., April 17 Driftwood, Tx

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