Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evan- gelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of Ameri- can music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless inter- stellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for get- ting to tag along.
Seeing REVEREND HORTON HEAT live is a transformative ex- perience. Flames come off the gui- tars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Rever- end Horton Heat show. Jim be- comes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the Stand- Up Bass. And then there are the “Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploita- tion picture from the 1950′s that’s currently taking place in the future.
Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple.
ROCK HARD, DRIVE FAST, AND LIVE TRUE.
And no band on this, or any other, planet rocks harder, drives faster, or lives truer than the Reverend Horton Heat. These “itinerant preachers” actually practice what they preach. They live their lives by the Gospel of Rock & Roll.
From the High-Octane Spaghet- ti-Western Wall of Sound in “Big Sky” — to the dark driving frenetic paranoia of “400 Bucks” – to the brain-melting Western Psyche- delic Garage purity of “Psychobilly Freakout” — The Rev’s music is the perfect soundtrack to the Drive-In Movie of your life.
Jim Heath & Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twenty- five Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showman- ship, and mythic imagery.
“Okay it’s time for me to put this loaded gun down, jump in my Five- Oh Ford, and nurture my pig on the outskirts of Houston. I’ll be bring- ing my love whip. See y’all later.” - Carty Talkington Writer/Director
Rev your engines and catch the ser- mon on the road as it’s preached by everybody’s favorite Reverend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the 11th studio album from REVEREND HORTON HEAT, boldly titled Rev, due out January 21st.
The Legendary Shack Shakers’ hell-for-leather roadshow has earned quite a name for itself with
its unique brand of Southern Gothic that is all-at-once irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and
fun. Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues-harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers
are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues,
punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true
After taking more than a year off to work on other projects (including JD Wilkes's book "Barn
Dances & Jamborees Across Kentucky"), the band is re-mobilizing in the fall of 2014 much to
the excitement of many a Shack Shaker fanatic. Despite the group’s time off, their reputation for
intensity has stuck with them. On stage, JD has been compared to the likes of Iggy Pop, David
Byrne, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Nashville Scene named Wilkes “the best frontman in Nashville”
in 2002, while former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra has called JD “the last great Rock
and Roll frontman.” Having joined the band in early 2012, garage blues guitar player Rod
Hamdallah--who also lends his prowess to Wilkes's side project ‘JD Wilkes and the Dirt
Daubers'--is back in the Shack Shakers’ lineup. The rhythm section is rounded out with Brett
Whitacre on drums and Mark Robertson thumping out the upright bass.
Although not legendary upon being named, the band has grown into its reputation the last
several years due to their heavy tour schedule, six critically acclaimed studio albums, and songs
that have been featured on television shows such as HBO’s True Blood. Past tour mates and
fans include Reverend Horton Heat, Rancid, The Black Keys, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, and
Hank Williams III. Robert Plant is also a noted Legendary Shack Shakers fan, and picked the
band to open for him on his 2005 tour of Europe. Plant named the band's third album Believe as
one of his favorite records of 2005. The list of esteemed admirers goes on to include horror
novelist Stephen King, who listed “CB Song” as among his iPod’s Top Five in a 2008
Entertainment Weekly article. Such a wealth of devoted fans over the years has only added to
the mystique that the Legendary Shack Shakers possess, carrying them down the road toward
new creative pursuits and barn-shaking tunes.
Columbia, Missouri trio The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for hard-traveling and wild live shows, with a seemingly endless tour schedule. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their live shows take the listener on a seamless ride from unapologetically raucous blues on the lap steel and bass sax, to a sweet three part harmony country ballad, to a romping dance number.
The Hooten Hallers’ latest offering, 2017’s ‘The Hooten Hallers’ on Big Muddy Records, is the culmination of their experiences from a decade of performing and traveling together. They’ve injected the album with the stories and characters they’ve encountered over many years and miles. Produced by Johnny Walker (Soledad Brothers, All Seeing Eyes) and Kristo Baricevic (Big Muddy Records), the Hooten Hallers' latest effort showcases their evolution as musicians and songwriters. It garnered attention by Vice’s Noisey - "This album rules"; Rock'N'Reel (UK) - "This is a band that really understands and exudes the history of rock and roll"; Impose Magazine - "another stunner of a music collection"; New Releases Now - "one of the most dynamic live shows around"; AXS - "This album is sheer madness in the best way"; Ground Sounds - "gritty, groovy, and bluesy”; amongst others.
Listeners often detect hints of George Thorogood, Morphine, and Tom Waits, but anyone who has seen The Hooten Hallers live knows that this power trio is unlike anything they’ve experienced before.
John Randall’s demonically-tinged vocals and manic guitar, and Andy Rehm's screaming falsetto vocals and steady, pounding drum beat keep the band focused on their unique blend of deep blues and country punk. Kellie Everett brings the power with the deep rumble of her baritone and bass saxophones. When The Hooten Hallers come to town, you know it’s gonna be a party!