"Spend A Night in the Box"
The Reverend Horton Heat, 2000
not lounge, but he can croon. He's not neo-swing, but he can make you move.
He's not rockabilly, but he knows how to set a guitar on fire. He's an
entity all unto himself. He is James C. Heath, otherwise
known as the Reverend
Horton Heat. He's suave, he wears slick suits, and he can belt
out a tune like nobody's business. "Spend A Night in the Box" is the latest
release from the good Reverend, and it's shows him at his
best. Heat leads a trio that includes Jimbo Wallace
on upright bass and Scott Churilla on drums. One of the best
things about Heat is that he infuses the tail-fin and flame
job aesthetic of 1950's badboy rockabilly with the faster, harder, louder
DIY punk idealism. At one moment he sets you going with a boogie beat.
The next moment he's the cool cat with a swoon in his voice. And then he'll
smoke through songs like a tornado ripping through a double-wide. In a
recent live show here in town (the second visit in eight months for this
touring monster), he showed that he can really appeal to all sorts of music
fans. Various ages and walks of life came together to see Heat
power through a full show (including some of the new songs) and then astound
the crowd with an super-charged encore. If anyone can save rock 'n' roll
from the Britney Spears of the world, it will be the Reverend Horton
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