|Reverend Horton Heat|
Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath
|Origin||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Genre(s)||Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Southern rock|
|Label(s)||Four Dots, Sub Pop, Interscope, Time Bomb, Artemis, Yep Roc|
|Associated acts||Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, Petra, Black Oak Arkansas, The Supersuckers, Burden Brothers|
|Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath|
Patrick "Taz" Bentley
"Swingin'" Jack Barton
Reverend Horton Heat is both a three-piece psychobilly/rockabilly band from Dallas, Texas and the stage name of its singer/songwriter, Jim Heath (born in 1959 in Corpus Christi, Texas). The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Psychobilly is a genre of Rock music that mixes elements of Punk rock, Rockabilly, and other genres Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of Rock and roll music and emerged in the early 1950s Southern rock is a subgenre of Rock music. It developed in the Southern United States from Rock and roll, Country music, and Blues In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Sub Pop is an Independent record label (though funded and sharing distribution outlets with Warner Music founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman Interscope Records is an American Record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMG's Interscope-Geffen-A&M label Time Bomb Recordings is a Laguna Beach California based record label founded by Social Distortion manager Jim Guerinot in a 1994 joint-venture agreement with Artemis Records was a New York -based Independent record label, founded in July 1999 by former Chairman / CEO Danny Goldberg Yep Roc Records is an independent International Record label based in Haw River North Carolina and owned by Redeye Distribution. The Legendary Shack Shakers are a rock band inspired by punk, Polka, delta Blues, hillbilly and other traditional Southern music genres formed in Petra was a prominent Christian rock band regarded by many as a pioneer of the Christian rock and of the Contemporary Christian music genres This is about the band For the town see Black Oak Arkansas. Black Oak Arkansas is an American The Supersuckers are an American rock band They are the self-proclaimed "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World Burden Brothers is a Hard rock Supergroup formed in Dallas, Texas by Toadies lead singer/songwriter Vaden Todd Lewis and For the Dutch resistance fighter whose pseudonym was Paul Simmons see Pierre Schunck Paul (Paulie Simmons is an American Patrick Bentley, better known as Taz or The Taz, is an American Rock and roll Drummer, best known for his work with the Reverend Psychobilly is a genre of Rock music that mixes elements of Punk rock, Rockabilly, and other genres Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of Rock and roll music and emerged in the early 1950s A stage name, also called a screen name, is a Pseudonym used by Performers and Entertainers such as A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State.
The group originally formed in 1985, playing its first gigs in Dallas's Deep Ellum neighborhood. Deep Ellum (a corruption of " deep Elm Street " is an arts and entertainment district near downtown in east Dallas, Texas Its current members are Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath on guitar and lead vocals, Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass, and Paul Simmons on drums. Through relentless touring and a manic stage show, they have established themselves as one of the most popular underground acts in America. Their sound is self described as "Country-fed punkabilly. " Their music is a mixture of country, punk, big band swing and rockabilly, all played loud and energetically with lyrics that are often very humorous.
While attracting a mostly cult audience, The Reverend's music has found its way into a lot of different places. "Big Red Rocket of Love" was used in a commercial for the Mazda Miata, and the instrumental which they often use to open their show, "Big Sky," was the music behind a commercial for Levi's jeans. A cover of the Guadalcanal Diary song "Watusi Rodeo" was in the Jim Carrey movie Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Guadalcanal Diary is an alternative Jangle pop group from Marietta Georgia. Ace Ventura When Nature Calls ( 1995) is the sequel to Ace Ventura Pet Detective ( 1994) The band's song "Like a Rocket" (with altered lyrics) was chosen as the official Daytona 500 theme song for 2002. The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. In 2005, the song "Eat Steak" was featured in television commercials for Boston Market, along with the song "Turkey Gotta Gobble" featured for Thanksgiving 2005. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A television advertisement or television commercial (often just commercial or advert (US or ad (UK is a span of television programming produced Boston Market (known before 1995 as Boston Chicken) headquartered in Golden Colorado, is a chain of American Fast casual restaurants They were the theme band, with accompanying video, of the popular cartoon Johnny Bravo. Johnny Bravo is an American animated series created by Van Partible. The song "I Can't Surf" was part of the soundtrack of the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 published in 2001, and a slightly altered version of "Psychobilly Freakout" is featured in the game Guitar Hero II. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, often called THPS3 or Tony Hawk 3, is a Video game in the ''Tony Hawk's'' series "Psychobilly Freakout" was used on a commercial for Buell American Motorcycles. Their song "Baddest Of The Bad" is featured on the soundtrack to Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (abbreviated as THPG and loosely referred to as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 9) is a Video game developed The 1997 PC video game Redneck Rampage also includes two songs: "Wiggle Stick" and "Nurture my Pig!". Redneck Rampage is a 1997 First-person shooter game designed by Xatrix Entertainment and published by Interplay.
Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath has a signature guitar from the Gretsch Guitar company. Gretsch is a US Musical instrument manufacturer currently being distributed by Guitar company Fender and Drum craft company
Jim Heath played in a cover band called Southern Comfort with friends from Corpus Christi Ray, his high school, before attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1977. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with Speech. The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed String instrument used in the modern symphony orchestra. Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with Speech. A drum kit (also drum set or trap set) is a collection of Drums Cymbals and sometimes other Percussion instruments such as cowbells A drum kit (also drum set or trap set) is a collection of Drums Cymbals and sometimes other Percussion instruments such as cowbells Patrick Bentley, better known as Taz or The Taz, is an American Rock and roll Drummer, best known for his work with the Reverend At UT, he often entertained friends and dormmates and was often found playing in the stairwells at Moore-Hill Dormitory late into the night to avoid disturbing the sleep of roommate Harold Shockley, now a Corpus Christi banker. Jim left school in the spring to join up with a touring cover band by the name of Sweetbriar. Three years later, former dormmate David Livingston, now in his senior year of school and at home visiting family, saw a familiar face on stage and reunited with Jim. David told Jim stories of the punk music scene in Austin and the acts playing at venues like Raul's and Club Foot. Once, while home on another visit, David took Jim to a Dallas rock and roll venue, The Bijou, to see an act called The Cramps. The Cramps are an American Punk rock band formed in 1976. Their line-up has rotated much over the years with lead singer Lux Interior and lead guitarist After the show, there broke out a punks vs. rockers brawl in the parking lot. While Jim and David escaped any involvement in the scuffle, Jim later claimed to have had an epiphany on that evening. Always a fan of blues and honky tonk, Jim returned the favor by taking David and his wife, Ellen, to see The Blasters in Dallas at a venue known as the Hot Klub and Jim's love for roots rock took over from there.
Jim had married a former bandmate from Sweetbriar, and together they had a child. Together they decided that the rock and roll lifestyle was over and that it was time to have real jobs. Around 1985, Jim was known as "Jim the Sound Guy" by those who frequented two warehouses that by night became music venues, Theater Gallery and The Prophet Bar. Jim used the old Sweetbriar PA system to earn from $20-$50 per night for extra money, running sound for bands such as the New Bohemians, End Over End, Shallow Reign and Three On A Hill. One night during a lull, Russell Hobbs, one of the original Deep Ellum visionaries and proprietors of these venues goaded Jim into getting up to play. He played alone, tearing through a version of "Folsom Prison Blues" that is now so familiar to millions of Reverend Horton Heat fans around the world. Throughout the song, Hobbs hooted and shouted out, "Go Reverend". Jim decided then and there to form a band and came up with the name Reverend Horton Heat, as an ode to Johnny Horton, using the shortened version of his last name, Heath. The late nights and the fact the Jim was now playing in a band and his wife and former bandmate was not took its toll on the marriage and she soon left with their child and dog. Jim's feelings upon the loss of his family are well documented in the song, "Where In The Hell Did You go With My Toothbrush?". The Jimi Hendrix poster mentioned in the song was on the back of a door that Jim used for a practice room in the house he shared with his wife and child. The dog's name really was Smokey.
About this time, David and Ellen moved back from Oklahoma City, where they had been since graduating from UT. David began to book gigs for Jim and his new band, and their refeshing sound and raw live performance quickly won over the local music scene. Jim drew crowds to brand new music venues, playing three nights a week at Froggy Bottoms in the then brand new West End and assured a quick start to Club Dada, the first "for profit" bar in Deep Ellum by playing every night for the first two weeks that it was open. David continued to work with Reverend Horton Heat until 1989, when his own new family and day job required all of his attention, and Jim needed a real manager who could get him out on the road and into the studio. Jim and David remain close friends today, and a song that they co-wrote together back in the '80s, "Liquor, Beer and Wine", appeared on 1994's "Liquor In The Front".