Human children are virtually helpless for years after birth. Other animals can run and sometimes hunt hours after taking their first breath. Count The Band of Heathens among the latter. In 2007, the newly formed country/Americana band was voted "Best New Band" at the Austin Music Awards. A year later, it released its first album, self-titled, with guests like Patty Griffin and Stephen Burton. The rocket fuel sent it to the top of the Americana Music Association radio charts, and in 2009, it recorded video of its Austin City Limits performance. The Heathens have been on the loose ever since, and last year, it cut a sixth studio album, A Message from the People Revisited. The band will mob through Boise for the season opener of Alive After Five, where it will get a warm reception from opener Reed Foehl and the sundrenched and dancing masses.