JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

January 27, 2017
Gas Monkey Live!
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Michael Insuaste
Photos by Michael Insuaste

Reverend Horton Heat

Gas Monkey Gets Blessed By The Righteous Reverend

Crazy night of fantastic music returns to the Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, Texas as hometown heroes, The Reverend Horton Heat, brought out their original style of "Psychobilly Rock N' Roll" to a packed house of throw back constituents!

On the bill were UKs Phantom Rockers, Austin, Texas The Bellfuries and Throw Rag from Salton Sea, CA! Catching mot of the Bellfuries set, I will say their soft country, bluesy and soulful sound had the crowd pumped from the get go. Vocalist guitarist Joey Simeone kept the attention in pace with his smooth vocals co-inside with the remarkable guitar work of Mike Molnar. One of the highlights of their set was the montage teaser that consisted a touch of Black Sabbath, Slayer and even CCR. Nicely done boys!

The surprise band of the night were Throw Rag fronted by the animated Sean "The Captain" Wheeler at the helm. It's been a long time since I have enjoyed such a true honest performance by a band that just don't give a FUCK! Guitarist Dean "Mr. Handsome" McQueen was simply the SHIT! With his white hollow body Gretsch guitar cranked, he solely gave the Throw Back's the kick that kept their set in high gear. One of the rare Punk Rock Bands still on the road today! Catch them if you get the chance. Genre: Sailer Rock!

What can you say about the Reverend Horton Heat that any Texas rockabilly fan doesn't know already? Consistently Cool, Magnificent Marvelous... the 3pc trio comes on strong and gets stronger as their set proceeds. Kicking off with their traditional numbers "Big Sky" & "Baddest Of The Bad," Jim Heath, Scotty Churilla and Jimbo Wallace smoothly conform the embrace of a hometown crowd. Their unique style is unmistakably Texas brilliance with a distinguish twang created deep in the Heart of Big 'D' and loved from the time of conception.

The Rev and company performed a stellar performance playing many fan favorites and a few surprises, such as bring out five time Grammy Award winning keyboardist/accordion player Tim Alexander for a nice touch on a few numbers. Another great momeny was a tribute to the late great Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead "Ace Of Spades" that closed theor set.

Not to be over the top on my favoritism of RHH, and I speak for many, but this band is one of many that makes Texas music fans like me proud to be from the great state of Texas. Do yourself a favor and Go See The Reverend Horton Heat, always cool, always great, one of the best bands on the road that never disappoints!