Jan 31

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Blackbird Sing has found the recipe to blending the swaggering bravado of punk, emotively captivating lyrics of the grandest forms of folk, rural country music aesthetics, the experimentation of an indie band with nothing to lose, and good old fashioned Americana that can only be described as exclusively their own. If asked, lead singer Vito Salinas will tell it like he has countless times before, “It’s not how you play. It’s what you play that really matters.”

Feb 2

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

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Swing/Traditional Jazz from San Antonio Texas.

Feb 6

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---There’s a story Terri Hendrix likes to tell crowds before singing her song “Wallet” that explains the meaning behind the song’s key line — and the motto by which she’s lived her life and run her career for the better part of the last two decades: “Own your own universe.” It goes back to the summer of 1996, when she self-released her first album, “Two Dollar Shoes,” after being turned down by three different record labels. Not only did she sell enough copies of the winsome debut to promptly pay back (with interest) the handful of friends who’d invested in her dream, by the time she was ready to release her second album, 1998’s “Wilory Farm,” she was going-her-own-way not by necessity but by choice. Nearly 20 years and many, many albums later, Hendrix is still going strong on her own Wilory Records — and all three of those labels that turned down her debut are long out of business. But Hendrix is more than just a veritable pioneer in the running-your-own-label revolution now sweeping the music industry and a “truly self-made woman” (as pegged by music luminary Al Kooper in a glowing review for her song “Slow Down.”) The Texas trailblazer is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, classically trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, and harmonica); music workshop teacher (from the Berklee School of Music to the Kerrville Folk Festival to her own annual “Life’s a Song” retreat in Port Aransas, Texas); the author of a book combining essays and a soup-to-nuts independent artist how-to-guide called “Cry Till You Laugh — The Part that Ain’t Art” (described by the Austin American Statesman as “equal parts spiritual and practical, honest, funny, useful, revelatory and moving”); and, most recently, the founder of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts center called the OYOU — which stands, of course, for “Own Your Own Universe.” Fundraising for the center’s eventual home — which will one day be a handicapped-accessible, multi-purpose venue in Hays County, Texas for people of all ages — has already begun. In the meantime, the OYOU is a “get-it-done” grassroots operation with the goal of getting music and all things art into the ears and hands of folks that need it via performances, instrument donations, workshops and other special events throughout Texas and beyond.

Feb 7

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $13-$60

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Monte Montgomery has taken the acoustic guitar beyond anyone's expectations. With his amazing fretwork, unique combination finger and pick style playing through trailblazing "chordal" thoroughfares often baffling even the most accomplished players. While Monte remains a huge enigma in the guitar universe, his legendary reputation has spread like wildfire since he appeared on Austin City Limits. In 2004 Monte was named on Guitar Player Magazine's list of "Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" and in 2005 he was featured the Covers of "Frets" and "Acoustic Guitar" magazines.

Ruben V, Jimmy Speck, Butch Morgan, Bekka Kelso & the Fellas, Geronimo Trevino, Westside Horns with Augie Meyers, Ken Slavin, Ron Young & Scott Gale Band, Blue Note Ringos, Lesti Huff Band

Feb 8

Feb 8

Doors open at 1:30 pm Starts at 2:00 pm All ages

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Forever Young 2: Benefit for Ron Young with Ruben V, Jimmy Speck, Butch Morgan, Bekka Kelso & the Fellas, Geronimo Trevino, Westside Horns with Augie Meyers, Ken Slavin, Ron Young & Scott Gale Band, Blue Note Ringos, Lesti Huff Band.

Feb 9

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

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Anthony Ray Wright plays fast fingered bluegrass and old-timey, boot scootin' country for fans of Hank Williams and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Hear him yodel like Hank on "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and recall cotton fields, cattle ranches and all-night honky tonks in his more melodic take on Wayne Hancock's "Flatland Boogie," all with smooth emotive vocal lines reminiscent of Johnny Cash.

Feb 11

Feb 11

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---The Blasters exemplify the best traditions of American Music, performing with passion and honesty that for over three decades has won the hearts and souls of fans worldwide. Composed of founding members vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz with Keith Wyatt on guitar, they carry on a hard-won legacy as one of the most recognizable and credible bands in American Music. Their influences range from the likes of George Jones and Carl Perkins to Ike Turner, Howlin

Feb 12

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $6-$30

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$8 AT THE DOOR---3 piece R&B band on a mission to get folks up outta their seats and dancin'!

Feb 13

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

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The Tontons


It's funny. The Tontons don't have a readily available mainstream band to make an off-the-cuff comparison, so in this space we won't tell you they sound like Indie Flavor Of The Week or Noted And Weighty Classic Rock Name. The Tontons simply sound like the Tontons. That sounds like false bluster, but anyone who has been tracking them since 2008 will tell you the same thing. Up front is Asli Omar, that vocal vixen who can make men and rock nerds alike quake in their boots.


Wild Moccasins


Behind the infectious rhythms and pulsating beats of Houston peripatetic pop troupe Wild Moccasins, there is undeniable chemistry. It’s a combustion of frenetic sounds that expands like an exploding star, on dance floors as the eclectic quintet sweats it on stage and on their wide-ranging album, 88 92. Wild Moccasins provide escapism of the most visceral kind, those times where you forget everything – that job, those bills, your loved ones – and live in the moment.   


 

Feb 14

Feb 14

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Just in case the title alone wasn’t a dead give away, Amanda Shires’ Down Fell the Doves is not a record for the faint of heart, faith or spirit. Not that anyone who heard her last album would have expected such. Carrying Lighting, the critically acclaimed 2011 breakthrough that put Shires on the map as one of Americana music’s most arresting new voices (and Texas Music magazine’s 2011 Artist of the Year), was a kudzu-tangled web of frayed heartstrings and combustible desire that revealed the onetime “little fiddle player from Lubbock” to be a grown woman unafraid to “get wrecked in love” and dish out the same with keen poetic insight and unnervingly mature, femme-fatale conviction. But as striking as Lightning was, Down Fell the Doves (Shires’ debut for Lightning Rod Records) is where the gloves really come off. “There’s a lot of destruction on this record,” says Shires, the observation coming a thoughtful pause after her somewhat casual dismissal of the album’s “Box Cutters” — a disturbingly beautiful suicidal daydream — as just being “a little bit of dark humor.” “I wrote that one in a haze of delirious exhaustion,” she says of the song that imagines, amongst other possible exit strategies, the sweet surrender of “a rose-petaled, eyes-closed collapse” in a warm blood bath. Maybe you just had to be there.

Feb 16

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

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A native of New York and coming from a close-knit Italian family, listening to standards was the norm for Johnny Panzarella while growing up. Distinguishing himself from other young musicians, Panzarella leads the ensamble "Johnny P and the Wiseguys" with velvety vocals and a dynamic trumpet sound. The band features original tunes penned by Panzerella,coupled with fresh and innovative musical arrangements of classics from the Great American Songbook

Feb 18

Feb 18

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:00 pm All ages

Price: $7-$30

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$10 AT THE DOOR---Austin-based award winning singer-songwriter music artist, Lauren Silva leads listeners to wonder how someone so young can sing of life so authentically. With a career that began with singing, dancing, and acting at the age of five and now includes touring nation-wide with international radio play, writing for herself and other major artists along with producing her own music and videos, she has a lifetime of experience. Honest lyrics rooted in pop, R&B, blues and soul, Lauren Silva showcases her sound, her songs and her styles and fearless nature.

Feb 19

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The Juantanamos is a San Antonio, Texas rock band that was formed in 2009 by John Agather and Ryan Chadek. The pair started writing and recording original material in early 2010. After auditioning a number of talented musicians, the group began to take shape to form what is now a seven piece band. The Juantanamos are: John Agather (acoustic rhythm guitar), Ryan Chadek (electric guitar), Michael Carey (drums), Daniel Elliott (keyboards), brother/sister Connor and Kate Gober (bass & percussion respectively), and Albert Steves (electric guitar.) The group also enlisted the audio engineering talents of Art Guillermo Jr. as their final, integral piece of the puzzle. All members of The Juantanamos share vocal duties and actively participate in the writing process. The band’s debut album, “Ghost Tracks”, is an eclectic array of music that covers a wide arc of modern indie rock genres. The band will begin live performances in early 2015. For the latest information regarding live show dates, where you can grab a copy of the album, connect with the band, and more, visit www.juantanamos.com

Love and Happiness: The Nightowls Present Al Green

Feb 20

Feb 20

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Love and Happiness: The Nightowls Present Al Green


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It’s 1,390 miles from Austin, Texas to Detroit, but when Austin band The Nightowls rev their musical engines, that distance disappears with the speed of sound. But The Nightowls not only channel the Motor City’s classic dancin’-in-the-street beats; they build on them to create an irresistible neo-soul sound that’s all their own. Founded by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Harkrider, the Nightowls—all ten of them—have been spreading their sound all over Texas ever since August 2013, releasing a critically acclaimed debut album, Good as Gold, and the toetapping, four-song EP Good as Gold B-Sides – which includes Austin’s official theme song, “Nobody Ever Wants to Leave” – in September of 2014. Good As Gold (The A-Sides) will be released on vinyl, giving fans an opportunity to hear The Nightowls’ jukebox-ready music the way it was meant to be heard, with the vinyl’s warm tones filling their ears and hearts.

Feb 21

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

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Thirteen years can put a hell of a lot of wear and tear on even the hardiest of rock ’n’ roll bands. But don’t be fooled by all those hundreds of thousands of miles on Micky & the Motorcars’ odometer: pop the hood of Hearts From Above, the long-running Austin band’s seventh album, and you’ll find a brand-new engine, fine-tuned and good to run for at least as many more miles still ahead. And behind the wheel? Two brothers — Micky and Gary Braun — who by their own admission haven’t been this fired up about playing together since they first rode south from the Whitecloud Mountains of Idaho to stake their claim to the Texas and wider Americana music scenes. Of course, that’s not to say that the years between then and now have been fallow for Micky & the Motorcars, who have spent the last decade and change establishing themselves as one of the exciting young roots-rock bands in the “Live Music Capital of the World” and growing their fanbase through constant touring and a fistful of increasingly confident releases. But Hearts From Above finds founding members Micky (lead vocals and guitar) and Gary (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals) invigorated and supercharged by a transfusion of new blood from fresh recruits Dustin Schaefer (lead guitar), Joe Fladger (bass), and Bobby Paugh (drums). “I think that with the last record we were struggling a little bit just trying to keep the band afloat,” says Micky of 2011’s mature but rather ironically titled Raise My Glass, a compelling document of the band at its most ruminative and brooding. “We loved the songs and we loved that record, but everyone was in kind of a tough spot with the same-old/same-old, and I had just gone through a breakup, so it was definitely the harder, darker side of the Micky & the Motorcars. Hearts From Above is more about all of us being in a much better place now. Having the new guys with us now has just brought a lot higher energy level, both onstage and in the studio. It’s kind of like when we first got started 13 years ago. All of us are just having a blast.”

Feb 23

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

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Who are Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers?
Who are Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers? Music lovers the world over continue to learn about this band that’s earned a nationwide following and international fans with its honest, original music fused with synergy, sugar, sweat and soul.

The 10-year-old four-piece combo plays an Americana that encompasses Texas honky-tonk, Bakersfield twang, Memphis rockabilly, Western swing and good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll.

After nearly constant touring for the past seven years, including 700-plus dates across America and Europe, songs from the band’s fourth album, MILES FROM HOME (Dionysus Records, June 2008; produced by Conrad Uno), still earn steady airplay, including “Cold Pines and Red Dirt,” which earned band front woman- lead vocalist and songwriter Ruby Dee- runner-up honors in Songwriter magazine’s 2007 competition. The album charted in at #86 on the AMA Top 100 for more than four weeks and #26 on the Texas Third Coast Music FAR Top 40. The “Round and Round” video, released in May 2009, earned great acclaim with its cameos of Seattle rockabilly musicians and famous musical neighborhoods.

Feb 26

Feb 26

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“The power of music is amazing. I’ve known my whole life that this is what I’ve wanted to do and I’ve had confirmations at every step that this is what I’m supposed to do.” Ruben V is an accomplished artist. He’s released eight solo CDs, 14 group albums and averages over 120 shows a year. He is a guitar player, songwriter, producer and family man. He’s built a huge following of Ruben V Band fans – all while keeping a sense of humor and a genuine Texas charm. But first and foremost, there is the music. It’s a fresh, smooth blend of blues, Latin, soul, and rock. It’s an ambitious mix of the music that moves him and in his skillful hands, becomes a truly energizing and enjoyable experience. The result is stylistically different from his peers – it’s alluring, soulful, fun and mature. As he says, “it’s everything I love about music.”

Feb 27

Doors open at 6:30 pm Starts at 7:20 pm All ages

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$12 AT THE DOOR---Lucas Jack began his songwriting and performance career crafting songs for any and all family occasions as a small boy, a passion he carried as a teenager to the bars, hotel lobbies, and social events of his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan – anywhere with an unguarded piano. This creative impulse was fostered throughout his twenties via collaboration with a series of bands while working as an attorney in Chicago. At last heeding music as a full-time calling, he left the corporate grind and released his first album, The Chicago EP, in 2012, followed by the full-length record Sun City in March 2013. Channeling and reinventing the tradition of great piano rock – Billy Joel, Elton John, Leon Russell, Bruce Hornsby, and Marc Cohn - Lucas Jack is a singer-songwriter-pianist telling finely-hewn stories of the modern American experience with his powerful tenor voice and inspired musicianship. He currently lives, writes, and performs in and around Texas.

Feb 28

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The self proclaimed ‘Dirty Old One Man Band’ successfully, and sometimes violently, lashes together blues, hillbilly and country precariously into raucous punk and godless metal. Years of non-stop touring have honed his assault to a fine edge; his wide-eyed throw downs in the First Church of Ultimate Fanaticism routinely lead giddy followers to a fiery baptism. Biram ain’t no candy-ass singer/songwriter either, sweetly strumming songs about girls with big eyes and dusty highways. HELL NO!!! His singing, yodeling, growling, leering and brash preachin’ and hollerin’ is accompanied by sloppy riffs and licks from his 1959 Gibson guitar and pounding backbeat brought forth by his amplified left foot. The remainder of this one-man band consists of an unwieldy combination of beat-up amplifiers and old microphones strung together by a tangled mess of guitar cables. Scott H. Biram won’t die. On May 11th, 2003, one month after being hit head-on by an 18-wheeler at 75 MPH, he took the stage at The Continental Club in Austin, TX in a wheel chair – I.V. still dangling from his arm. With 2 broken legs, a broken foot, a broken arm and 1 foot less of his lower intestine, Biram unleashed his trademark musical wrath.

Mar 6

Doors open at 9:00 pm Starts at 10:00 pm All ages

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$17 AT THE DOOR---It's been quite the rollercoaster ride, but the eight members of Austin's critically-acclaimed soul collective Mingo Fishtrap have found their sweet spot. Now four albums deep, the eight piece outfit has honed its sound, rubbed shoulders with musical idols, and delivered powerhouse live shows to crowds of thousands in the years since the band's inception in a tiny dorm room in Denton, Texas. “We've experienced a lot of milestones and challenges in our lives together,” says founder Roger Blevins, Jr. “It's easy to reminisce, even about moments that have just happened, but you reach a place in your life where you finally feel comfortable that that's where you're supposed to be.”

Mingo's fourth full-length record, the aptly-named On Time (due June 3 on Blue Corn Music) blends punchy horns and gritty Memphis grooves with N'awlins funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and sixties soul sensibilities, that transcend both era and genre. “My first love is classic sixties soul, funk, and Motown,” says Roger. As the band has grown, this early love affair has become a bigger part of Mingo’s musical landscape. “There was a time early on when we were really into these crazy, bombastic arrangements,” he explains. “Now it's more the song, the groove and the overall feel.”

The infectiously catchy “End of the World” gets the record off to a sizzling start with buttery vocals, dance-floor-ready drums, and the plaintive refrain — if tomorrow never comes, “would you love like it's the end of the world?” Muted drums segue into swirling vintage keys and sax on “Mason Jar,” while title track “On Time” serves up saucy Motown grooves. “Sugadoo” keeps the good times rolling as Blevins belts, “Sugadoo, what you gonna do? Have yourself a slice of my pie, too,” atop smoldering vocal harmonies and funky brass arrangements.

Mar 7

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---The Austin, TX band, Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally for their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie-rock -- which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire & Weezer -- with attention from the likes of the NY Times, Paste Magazine, NPR (Top 5 Bands to See at SXSW), Last Call with Carson Daly, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more. During SXSW 2012, Quiet Company won 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year. After the success of their 2013 album re-release, A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, the band was chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist. After an amazing year on the road with festivals including NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, the band is excited to be back home in Austin recording their highly anticipated new full-length, Transgressor, which will be released Summer 2014.

Mar 13

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In the course of evolving from loose assemblage to world-class rock ’n’ roll outfit, the Band of Heathens has built a potent body of recorded work that’s won the Austin, Texas ensemble a fiercely loyal fan base and a reputation as one of its hometown’s most vital musical resources. BoH is also known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, while revealing a musical and lyrical depth that consistently enriches an infectious songcraft. Sunday Morning Record, the Band of Heathens’ fourth studio album (and seventh overall), marks a milestone in the resilient outfit’s development, capturing the musicians’ remarkable creative chemistry along with the deepening melodic and emotional resonance in the songwriting of founding singer-guitarists Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist. The 11-song set, produced by Austin studio vets and longtime BoH collaborators George Reiff and Steve Christensen, is the product of an intense period of change within and around the group.

Mar 14

Mar 14

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOWS--- The four principal members of Austin's The Trishas would have you believe that they're not blood related. But a DNA test might be in order. True, their individual bios may support their claims of having all had separate lives before meeting each other; but to hear them sing together, you'd swear they were harmonizing from the womb.

Then again, sometimes luck and fate sing in perfect harmony, too, and uncontested magic just happens just as it did the very first time Jamie Wilson, Kelley Mickwee, Liz Foster and Savannah Welch ever shared a stage together. It was ostensibly supposed to be a one-off gig two songs as part of a tribute to Savannah's father, famed songwriter Kevin Welch, at the 2009 MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colo. But midway through their first practice, it became clear to all in the room that they were on to something good. Goosebumps don't lie.

�I remember we were at Kevin's house, working up one of his songs. I think it was �Satan's Paradise when I first heard it,Wilson recalls. We were going over the song, figuring out our parts and everything, and we tried it and didn't hit it, tried it again and didn't hit it until one time, finally, we actually got it, and I thought, �Cool!� And then we worked up the whole song, and all of us were like, �You know, this is actually pretty good. We�re actually going to be pretty good � if we can pull this off.��

Mar 20

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$12 AT THE DOOR---Beloved by audiences throughout the world, the Eric Tessmer Band has captured the attention of fans from all ages as a result of their uncompromising musicianship and unbridled aggression. Their music is organic and natural—they're real and every note you hear leaps from the speakers and is completely unfettered by superfluous studio trickery.

With each performance, The Eric Tessmer Band's collaborative vibe continues to evolve, built on a career and catalog of material that inspires and fuels the evolution of rock/blues.

Mar 26

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---$10 AT THE DOOR---Salim Nourallah is a Texas based singer-songwriter. His unique style is known for its layered vocals, melodies, and nontrivial arrangements, while maintaining a serious pop sensibility. Born in Alton, Illinois, and raised in El Paso, Texas, the brothers Nourallah were mutually obsessed with the Beatles at an obscenely young age. Many years later they recorded, with boxing gloves and occasional instruments, the indie cult classic, Nourallah Brothers, on Western Vinyl/Secretly Canadian. That was the year 2000.

Apr 23

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $25-$80

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Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, is the biggest, baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair up and pounded the drinks down. Without question, for all of his outlandish antics, blistering stage performances and legendary musical prowess, the one thing The Rev always gets asked about is the story behind his unusual and rather clerical moniker. "Well, there used to be this guy who ran this place in Deep Ellum, Texas who used to call me Horton- my last name is Heath," says The Rev. "Anyway, this guy hired me and right before the show he goes, 'Your stage name should be Reverend Horton Heat! Your music is like gospel' and I thought it was pretty ridiculous. So I'm up there playing and after the first few songs, people are saying, 'Yeah, Reverend!' What's really funny is that this guy gave up the bar business, and actually became a preacher! Now he comes to our shows and says, 'Jim, you really should drop this whole Reverend thing.'" It's been an almost 20-year journey for Heath, whose country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought him and his band a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult following, not to mention the respect of fellow musicians worldwide. Revival, the band's first release for Yep Roc Records, is a return to Heath's roots - musical and geographical. The album was recorded at Last Beat Studio in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas, just a block from where The Rev played his first gig and next door to where the group currently rehearses. Along with eating a lot of world-class Mexican food and BBQ, the band recorded the album's 15 tracks with a minimum of overdubs, bells and whistles. With tour manager/engineer Dave Allen at the board, they wanted an album they could duplicate live. "I got this lick called the 'hurricane,' and I call back on the hurricane on this album for the sake of keeping things really rockin," he says. (The "hurricane" is a trademark lick where The Rev plays lead and rhythm guitar simultaneously to give the trio its full live sound.) He's also got a top-secret lick he'll introduce on this disc. It's so top secret that he won't even divulge the name, but listen up for it! Lyrically, the album's themes run "from death to silliness," says The Rev, who lost his mother earlier this year. "I'd been going through so much stuff, losing my mom so quickly, new baby, touring, getting back and having to work," he says of making the album. Revival finds the Rev dealing with these issues and more: The track "Someone in Heaven" is written for his mother, while "Indigo Friends" deals with a friend's heroin addiction. But the album's themes aren't only dark and/or serious: "Calling in Twisted" is about calling in sick to work and "using the fake cough," "Rumble Strip" is a truck drivin song and "If it Ain't got Rhythm", "that's a really fun one to play," says the Rev "it is classic RHH. And "Party Mad" is pretty self-explanatory. Reunited with legendary producer/engineer Ed Stasium, who mixed the album, Revival is a 40-plus minute slab of rockabilly, blues, R&B that shows an artist - and a band - in their prime. It's true that the Reverend Horton Heat have been called a great many things over the course of their storied career: Perpetual Carriers Of The Rockabilly Flame, Genre-Shattering Shit-Starters, Filthy Drunks, and The Most Electrifying Live Act In America (150 shows every year can't be wrong) among them. "I think it's cool we've lasted this long," says The Rev. "People still come out to see us play after all these years and all the shows and tours. It's amazing. I mean, I get to sing songs about cars I love, drinking and chasing girls. Beats the hell out of the alternative."

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