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The Band of Heathens made a giant leap with their last full length album Duende, which landed on Rolling Stone’s top 50 Americana and Country Albums of 2017 at #31 – “It’s only natural that the Band of Heathens – a tireless touring outfit – made one of the year’s best driving records.” Touring the United States and Europe relentlessly to support the release last year, they found themselves at SiriusXM’s satellite radio headquarters in New York City in January of 2017 to perform songs from Duende live in the studio for a recorded session on the OUTLAW COUNTRY channel. They also offered an incendiary cover of the classic Neil Young song “Alabama” which they wryly dedicated to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on air (and received a pile of hate mail for doing so) and delivered a touching version of the Dave Rawlings’ (Dave Rawlings Machine/Gillian Welch) ballad “Ruby”.<
A year later the band finds themselves still riding the wave they created with the release of Duende and plan to follow it up with the release of a 5 song EP from the SiriusXM session called Live Via Satellite . The session finds the band in excellent form right in the middle of a big album release tour. There’s an energy and dynamic present in the live recording true to the Heathens’ sound, seamlessly blending rock-n-roll, country and R&B with big vocal harmonies and impeccable instrumental dexterity.