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w/ Pinata Protest $25 all ages outside show

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Event tags: music, Pioneertown, Pappy's


Club Mercy presents REVEREND HORTON HEAT! w/ Pinata Protest $25 all ages outside show

August 19, 2012

Outdoor Show ? All Ages

$25 tickets available at or Pappy and Harriet's

Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, is the biggest,

baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair

up and pounded the drinks down. Without question, for all of his

outlandish antics, blistering stage performances and legendary musical

prowess, the one thing The Rev always gets asked about is the story

behind his unusual and rather clerical moniker. "Well, there

used to be this guy who ran this place in Deep Ellum, Texas who used to

call me Horton- my last name is Heath," says The Rev. "Anyway, this guy

hired me and right before the show he goes, 'Your stage name should be

Reverend Horton Heat! Your music is like gospel' and I thought it was

pretty ridiculous. So I'm up there playing and after the first few

songs, people are saying, 'Yeah, Reverend!' What's really funny is that

this guy gave up the bar business, and actually became a preacher! Now

he comes to our shows and says, 'Jim, you really should drop this whole

Reverend thing.'"

It's been an almost 20-year journey for

Heath, whose country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought

him and his band a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult

following, not to mention the respect of fellow musicians worldwide.

Revival, the band's first release for Yep Roc Records, is a return to

Heath's roots - musical and geographical.

The album was

recorded at Last Beat Studio in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas, just a

block from where The Rev played his first gig and next door to where the

group currently rehearses. Along with eating a lot of world-class

Mexican food and BBQ, the band recorded the album's 15 tracks with a

minimum of overdubs, bells and whistles. With tour manager/engineer Dave

Allen at the board, they wanted an album they could duplicate live.

"I got this lick called the 'hurricane,' and I call back on the

hurricane on this album for the sake of keeping things really rockin,"

he says. (The "hurricane" is a trademark lick where The Rev plays lead

and rhythm guitar simultaneously to give the trio its full live sound.)

He's also got a top-secret lick he'll introduce on this disc. It's so

top secret that he won't even divulge the name, but listen up for it!

Lyrically, the album's themes run "from death to silliness," says The

Rev, who lost his mother earlier this year. "I'd been going through so

much stuff, losing my mom so quickly, new baby, touring, getting back

and having to work," he says of making the album. Revival finds the Rev

dealing with these issues and more: The track "Someone in Heaven" is

written for his mother, while "Indigo Friends" deals with a friend's

heroin addiction. But the album's themes aren't only dark and/or

serious: "Calling in Twisted" is about calling in sick to work and

"using the fake cough," "Rumble Strip" is a truck drivin song and "If it

Ain't got Rhythm", "that's a really fun one to play," says the Rev "it

is classic RHH. And "Party Mad" is pretty self-explanatory.

Reunited with legendary producer/engineer Ed Stasium, who mixed the

album, Revival is a 40-plus minute slab of rockabilly, blues, R&B

that shows an artist - and a band - in their prime. It's true that the

Reverend Horton Heat have been called a great many things over the

course of their storied career: Perpetual Carriers Of The Rockabilly

Flame, Genre-Shattering Shit-Starters, Filthy Drunks, and The Most

Electrifying Live Act In America (150 shows every year can't be wrong)

among them.

"I think it's cool we've lasted this long," says

The Rev. "People still come out to see us play after all these years and

all the shows and tours. It's amazing. I mean, I get to sing songs

about cars I love, drinking and chasing girls. Beats the hell out of the


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