(PCM) The rockabilly spirit was alive and well during the Revered Horton Heat’s recent performance at the World Cafe Live: The Queen in Wilmington, DE. Despite the freezing cold winter temperatures outside the “heat” was certainly on inside as the audience bounced and danced their way through the band’s nearly two hour set.
Show openers the lovely Rosie Flores and the always entertaining Dale Watson set a nice pace for an evening of rockabilly or rather psychobilly madness that was sure to ensue once Reverend Horton Heat took the stage.
Revered Horton Heat, the stage name adopted by front-man Jim Heath along with his upright bass player Jim “Jimbo” Wallace are veteran live performers and once the momentum gets started on stage it doesn’t let up from beginning to the very end.
The band is still touring behind their latest album release “Rev” which dropped last January on their new label Victory Records and their set opened with “Victory Lap” and “Smell Of Gasoline” off of the new album. The rest of the band’s set consisted additional hits and fan favorites that spanned the entire catalog of Reverend Horton Heat’s releases.
I can honestly say that hearing songs such as “It’s Martini Time”, “Psychobilly Freakout”, “The Jimbo Song” and “400 Bucks” never get old, especially live. There is just something in the air when Reverend Horton Heat is performing that is absolutely intoxicating. I also thoroughly enjoyed the band’s cover of “Johnny B. Goode” which somehow seemed like an incredibly obvious track for them to perform.
It is always wonderful to find an band that can not be boxed into one particular genre or another. Reverend Horton Heat can do it all and do it well, in fact it was even announced that they will be performing at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California this coming spring.
Seeing Reverend Horton Heat live is witnessing a solid mix of country, rock, bluegrass, Rn’B, blues and soul and the band has created quite a unique sound and one of a kind sound that will always distinctively be their own. You never quite know what to expect from the band on-stage, but you can always count on a good time and I highly recommend checking them out when they visit a city near you!
For more information on Reverend Horton Heat, please visit: http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/
Photography credit: Ken Schuler