Austin band returns to Salida with comedian Chris Porter

Through the years, band members have fluctuated, but Quist and Ed Jurdi have remained consistent. Both started on guitar at a young age, playing in bands throughout their school years. Quist split his focus between football and music. It wasn’t until graduating college that football ended and music took over completely.

Sometimes athletes “have a hard time finding their identity” when their career ends, but that wasn’t true for Quist, who realized the end of football meant he could play all the music he wanted. He dove in, started writing more songs and, for the first time, thought he could be a full-time musician.

For Jurdi, music “always made a lot of sense.” He took lessons in guitar and piano, but listening to his parents’ records really sparked his passion.

While the two musicians have a lot in common, they differ on two main points: songwriting and touring. Quist enjoys the creative process of songwriting and, most recently, producing for other artists.

“Songwriting is a mysterious thing,” he said. “I do have habits that I try to stick to, to keep the process moving forward.” Writing new music is a “revolving door of inputs and outputs,” he added. The trick is staying inspired and creative.

Jurdi, on the other hand, said, “I like it when they’re done. Songwriters like the craft (of writing), but it’s not easy. You have to push yourself into uncomfortable places.” The “fun,” he said, is “to take it to the band and see what they do with it.”

Growing up reading Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey, Jurdi had a “romantic idea of living life outside the normal walls of society” and was “fascinated with the freedom of being on the road.”

Many years later, touring still carries a bit of magic for Jurdi. Traveling, connecting with fans and making the world feel smaller “in a good way” are a few of the highlights.

Quist said, “I wouldn’t say touring is fun, but playing is fun. The two hours on stage is rewarding, but on the flipside the other 20 hours on the road away from family and kids (is not). I live for the shows when touring is going on.”

Both are extremely proud of Duende. They recorded it in a much longer, less rushed process. Instead of booking a studio for a week and rushing to get it finished, the band booked a week here and there, squeezed in between tours. They recorded at two different studios in Austin as well as studios in Nashville, Tenn., and Ashville, N.C. Capturing a song idea in the studio and returning with fresh ears to rework it proved helpful, Quist said.

Their previous studio album, Sunday Morning Record, was more acoustic. However, the “mellow songs turned into something else” when performed live. So this time they decided to make a “fun rock and roll record. We certainly had a good time making it.”

Jurdi said it was the first time the band had the “budget and the time to experiment without the pressure of the studio clock.”

Comedian (and friend of the band) Chris Porter will open. While it will be the first time a comedian has opened their set, Porter has previously “jumped on stage and played guitar” with the band.