Written by Abel Carmona
Jun 09, 2010 at 08:00 PM
ImageI made my way out to the Warehouse tonight to check out the Reverend Horton Heat. The Rev’s shows are always great and always pull in a mixed crowd. You get the hot rodder’s who line the streets with their old school custom cars, the bikers with their choppers, the punk rock kids, who look like they should be at some hardcore show and of course, the girls, who are all dolled up like pin up models…always a favorite of mine.

It kind of reminds me some old 50’s show where the kids from the different sides of town were going to a rumble and you have all these different groups, who look like they would be ready to throw down with each other, but everyone is always cool and just there to see their good ole priest of sin: Reverend Horton Heat.  I came in on the last half of Cracker’s set, who, to be honest, I had never really heard much of, except for the song “Low” that was always being played on the radio. This always made me think “Man, I hate the damn song.”

After watching for a while, I really got into Cracker. Their sound on most songs was nothing like “Low.” It had a lot more alt-country, folk-type thing going on, which lately has seem to be getting my attention a lot more. And as the set ended, with the song “Low”, I was somewhat relived to hear people in the crowd saying what I had been thinking “this is the band that plays that song, I hate that song.”

Then, Church was in session as the Rev hit the stage with his trusty side kick, Jimbo. Rev opened with the instrumental “Big Sky” and they blew through about five songs not stopping for a second. One thing I have always liked about the Rev when he plays is that he just goes in song after song in what seems like some chaotic set list that he just makes up as he goes. When he did finally stopped. people just went even more nuts with screams of “Hallelujah, Reverend!”

As the Rev went on about how much he loves playing in Texas, he went into the story of how everyone else in the country thinks of Texas as this Wild West state where you see these huge saguaro cactus everywhere. The only problem with that is “Ain’t No Saguaro in Texas” afterward they went into “There’s a Little Bit of Everything in Texas” both of these tracks come off Heat’s latest album, “Laughing and Crying with the Reverend Horton Heat”

Also got the tracks “Been Drinkin’ and Smokin’ Cigarettes” and “Please Don’t Take the Baby to the Liquor Store” (I love the name of that one) from “Laughing and Cryin”. The Rev also hit on the fan favorites “Big Red Rocket of Love”, “The Pride of San Jacinto” and “Bales of Cocaine”.  And as always we got the “Jimbo Song,” which is great, I always enjoy watching Jimbo on the upright bass as fast as the Rev can go Jimbo is always right there plucking along and giving the bass a spin or two.

Then the Rev busted in to “Psychobilly Freakout” and it was mad chaos on the floor people jumping and dancing, a mosh pit even started going for a while. But hey what else can you expect when you got someone like the Rev taking a little bit of rock, country and punk mixing it all up throwing it all in a blender and making one strong Psychobilly cocktail for all us.