The Reverend Horton Heat: Say amen, somebody
Stubb's - Austin, TX - SXSW - March 17, 2000
Austin-American Statsemen XL Extra 3/19/00
Written by Anna Giuliani
He's been around for a long, long time but still packs 'em in. Dallas psychobilly legend The Reverend Horton Heat doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Heck, he doesn't even seem to age. Clad in a two-piece red suit with sparkling silver flames and snappy bowtie, The Reverend strode onto the Stubb's stage Friday night to Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser."
By 1 a.m., the Stubb's crowed was rowdy, drunk and riled up from the preceding Nashville Pussy show (it must've been the fire and nudity). They were far more interested in celebrating St. Patrick's Day than watching the band. But The Reverend regaled them with a mix of classics ("Wiggle Stick," "400 Bucks," "Eat Meat") and cuts from his new album "Spend A Night In The Box" (Time Bomb Recordings). Horton Heat's set was tight, but too polished. The band's effortless playing left few surprises; at times, it seemed they were simply going through the motions. Even so, it cannot be denied that The Reverend's hot guitar picking and country-fried solos are worth seeing and hearing at least once.
Baddest of the Bad
One Time For Me
SPend A Night In The Box
Big D Boogie Woogie
Wiggle Stick (Extended)
Sleeper Coach Driver
Big Red Rocket of Love