Texas music just has a certain attitude: a little arrogance, although laid back and comfortable. If you can make it in Austin, Texas, you deserve a little extra pride in your craft. There are some seriously talented musicians in this town, many of them legends, and others who are the best unknown troubadours in waiting. The Band of Heathens have certainly made a name for themselves in the Live Music Capital of the World.
Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son finds the Band of Heathens with a fine foothold and strutting toward the front of the pack in a field of new Texas masters. "Medicine Man" leads things off with buckets of thick Texas guitar and growly blues vocals. "Should Have Known" finds nice harmonies, frolicking piano and a joyous demeanor as the Heathens take on the sounds of a handclapping gospel good time.
As the album closes, the good ole boys from Austin borrow a little mojo from another one of America’s favorite music cities, New Orleans. "Hurricane" belts blissful harmonies while a slow churning storm of guitars builds. "Nobody told her it takes a lot of water,” the Heathens sing, “to wash away New Orleans." "Gris Gris Satchel" also leans heavily on the mystical magic of the Crescent City with a story that blends creole heritage with the comfortable back porch country of Texas.
Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son is out now on BOH Records.