Reverend Horton Heat

Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath: guitar, vocals
Jimbo Wallace: upright bass
Paul Simmons: drums

Recently, the Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, had something along the lines of what he calls an epiphany.

He’s a little tired of being taken so seriously-well, maybe not seriously, exactly, but you get the idea-and lately he’s noticed that some of his funnier, country-tinged songs were his biggest crowd pleasers. Besides, being entertaining is what this is all about, right?

So, ladies and gents, light your Pax 2 in your sleeve and hold on to your cowboy hats, it’s time to take a trip back to a time before slick, over-produced country became the norm-a time when outlaws wrote songs about being without a pot to piss in-or at least about psycho exboyfriends and deadbeat girlfriends that spend your paycheck faster than you can say Lone Star.

Welcome to Laughin’ and Cryin’ with the Reverend Horton Heat a record full of country-heavy tunes about bad habits, well-meaning but clueless husbands, ever-expanding beer-guts and, well, Texas. It wouldn’t be a Reverend Horton Heat record without a song or-in this case, two-about the Lone Star State. And, while Laughin’ and Cryin’ marks a detour from the hard driving punkabilly of the Rev’s last record, 2004’s Revival, this time tending toward honk, there’s still some shit-kickers [“Death Metal Guys”] to let you know that Heath and crew still mean business.

“I really wanted to capture the feelings of recordings of the late ’50s, early ’60s,” Heath said of the songs on the new record.

Exhibit A: Beer Holder, a honky-tonker about a guy who finds the table by his chair a bit too far of a stretch-so he opts for a new “beer holder,” his growing gut. While this guy finds his solution genius, his woman thinks otherwise.

“[The record is] kind of from a regular guy point of view,” Heath said. “You know, I like to do stuff that’s kind of tongue-in-cheek that makes fun of the good old boy thing as much as trying to glorify the country boy thing.”

Heath originally conceived the new record as the product of an alter ego, Harley Hog, a sort of “laughing and crying” singer.

“I was trying to develop this vocal style where I was always either laughing or crying. It was really over- exaggerated,” Heath said.

The problem once they got in the studio, however, “we wouldn’t get that far because the guys were just laughing so hard. It was really kind of ridiculous.”

Without a doubt, the mighty Reverend has won a cult following around the world these past 20+ years with a nearly endless touring ethic and musical style that’s equally as rooted in tradition as it is in breaking it. He’s one of the lynchpins of the neoroots movement and responsible for moving the genre forward and garnering it a whole new generation of fans. Mix that with a mythic stage presence and you’ve got a live act that turns rock clubs into psychobilly tent revivals across the country 300 days a year.

Heath, who personally loves good old, mid-20th century country music, cautions that the record was not born out of a desire to introduce his audience to a new set of influences-it’s just meant to have a little fun. Besides, he warns, his next record may just be a set of “avant-garde versions of Swahili folk songs done on homemade instruments.”

“Never say never,” Heath said.

Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath

Jimbo Wallace

Paul Simmons

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Tour Dates

All dates, venues and opening bands subject to change without prior notice.
Date City Venue Notes / Other Bands Tickets
06/23/11 London, England Electric Ballroom
184 Camden High Street
London, England NW1 8QP
N/A Tickets
06/24/11 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain Recinto Mendizabala 

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

AZKENA ROCK FESTIVAL Tickets
07/1/11 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre
15 West Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Swingin’ Utters Tickets
07/2/11 Irvine, CA Oak Canyon Ranch
5305 E Santiago Canyon
Irvine, CA 92676
HOOTENANNY Tickets
07/3/11 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Swingin’ Utters Tickets
07/5/11 Santa Clara, CA Avalon
777 Lawrence Expressway
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Swingin’ Utters, Ghost Town Hangmen Tickets
07/6/11 Petaluma, CA Phoenix Theatre
201 Washington Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Swingin’ Utters Tickets
07/7/11 San Francisco, CA The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Swingin’ Utters Tickets
07/8/11 San Francisco, CA The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
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07/9/11 San Francisco, CA The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Swingin’ Utters Tickets
07/10/11 Sparks, NV The Alley
906 Victorian Avenue
Sparks, NV 89431
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07/12/11 Chico, CA El Rey Theater
230 West 2nd Street
Chico, CA 95928
Swingin’ Utters Tickets
07/13/11 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
1417 R St
Sacramento, CA 95811
Swingin’ Utters Tickets
07/14/11 Bakersfield, CA B Ryder’s
7701 White Ln # A1
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Swingin’ Utters
07/16/11 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
730 North Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
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07/17/11 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
318 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701
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08/4/11 Fayetteville, AR Georges Majestic Lounge
519 W. Dickson
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Nashville Pussy Tickets
08/5/11 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
2200 North Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75202
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08/6/11 Houston, TX House Of Blues
1204 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77002
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08/7/11 Corpus Christi, TX Executive Surf Club
309 North Water Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Nashville Pussy
08/12/11 Salina, KS The Muse Ballroom
1700 W Beverly Dr
Salina, KS 67401
N/A
08/13/11 Omaha, NE Lewis & Clark Landing
515 N Riverfront Dr
Omaha, NE 68102
MAHA MUSIC FESTIVAL Tickets
08/27/11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
128 N.e. Russell
Portland, OR 97209
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08/28/11 Richland, WA Ray’s Golden Lion
1353 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99354
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08/30/11 Victoria, BC Club9one9
919 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2C2
Nashville Pussy
08/31/11 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
868 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2C9
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09/1/11 Nelson, BC The Royal
330 Baker Street
Nelson, BC V1L 4H7
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09/2/11 Grande Prairie, AB Rock City
11920 100 Street
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4H5
Nashville Pussy
09/4/11 Whistler, BC Garfinkel’s
4308 Main Street
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Nashville Pussy
09/5/11 Seattle, WA Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
BUMBERSHOOT Tickets
09/7/11 Eugene, OR Wow Hall
291 West 8th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
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09/8/11 Bend, OR Domino Room
51 Northwest Greenwood Avenue
Bend, OR 97701
Nashville Pussy
09/9/11 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
416 South 9th Street
Boise, ID 83702
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09/10/11 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
919 West Sprague Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
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09/12/11 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
131 South Higgins
Missoula, MT 59802
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09/13/11 Victor, ID Knotty Pine
58 South Main Street
Victor, ID 83455
Nashville Pussy
09/14/11 Ketchum, ID Whiskey Jacques
251 Main Street
Ketchum, ID 83340
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09/16/11 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Cafe
3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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09/17/11 San Diego, CA 4th & B
345 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Nashville Pussy
10/14/11 New Orleans, LA The Hangar
1511 South Rendon Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
Supersuckers, Dan Sartain Tickets
10/15/11 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
2001 15th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
Supersuckers, Dan Sartain
10/16/11 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen Music Hall
219 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36602
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10/17/11 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live
200 1st Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
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10/20/11 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
3045 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
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10/21/11 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre Concerts
687 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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10/22/11 Orlando, FL Firestone Live
578 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
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10/23/11 Charleston, SC Music Farm
32 Ann St
Charleston, SC 29403
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10/26/11 Greenville, SC Handlebar
304 East Stone Avenue
Greenville, SC 29609
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10/27/11 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
695 North Ave Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308
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10/28/11 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
1615 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
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10/29/11 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
300 East Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
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10/30/11 Fayetteville, NC The Rock Shop Musical Hall
128 South King St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Supersuckers, Dan Sartain
11/5/11 Memphis, TN Young Avenue Deli
2119 Young Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
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