Photo at the Bobby Hotel during Americanafest. L-R: band manager Chad Staehly, Gordy Quist, songwriter Keith Stegall, Trevor Nealon, Americana radio promoter Al Moss, Ed Jurdi, Nick Jay, Clint Simmons, band manager Burt Stein, tour manager Bryan Blaylock. photographer: Jenn Curtis
The Band Of Heathens celebrated achieving gold status for their recording of “Hurricane'' today, with a photo featuring Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi with band manager Chad Staehly, songwriter Keith Stegall, Trevor Nealon, Americana radio promoter Al Moss, Nick Jay, Clint Simmons, band manager Burt Stein, and tour manager Bryan Blaylock, at the Bobby Hotel, during Americanafest in Nashville. Written by Thom Schuyler, Keith Stegall, and Stewart Harris, "Hurricane" was originally recorded by Levon Helm for his 1980 album American Son, and then again by Leon Everette; but it was not until The Band Of Heathens recorded the song, did it become a runaway streaming success, a song that helped the band amass over 400 million streams, over 40 years after the song was written. The Band Of Heathens also released an unofficial live video for “Hurricane” to celebrate this huge moment, recorded live at Born & Raised Music Festival, it features a rousing crowd sing-along spliced with shots of the band on the road. Watch HERE.
Reflecting on the achievement, the band stated, “Our goal has always been to have the freedom to make the music we want to make without having to answer to anybody. To have a recording reach Gold status without the muscle of a label or outside funding is something we never dreamed of and is a testament to the power of the song. We’re honored that our arrangement of it is resonating like this.”