July 12, 2023 12:00 am The Music Room

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 . 8PM

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“Horton Heat is the Godfather of modern rockabilly and psychobilly” ~Rolling Stone Magazine

Reverend Horton Heat is the stage name of James C. Heath as well as the name of his Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio.  Heath is a singer, songwriter and guitarist.

The group formed in 1986, playing its first gigs in Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood.  The core members are Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath on guitars and lead vocals, and Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass.  The band signed to Victory Records in 2012, and released its 12th studio album, Whole New Life, on November 30, 2018.

The band plays rock and roll with influences from 1950s country, surf, punk, big band, swing, and rockabilly standards.

Heath was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was raised with an appreciation of rock, electric blues and rockabilly.  He was influenced by country music artists such as Junior Brown, Willie Nelson, and Merle Travis.  He played in local bands until 1985 when he gained notice in Dallas as “Reverend Horton Heat”, the moniker bestowed by the owner of the Deep Ellum neighborhood nightclub where he performed regularly.

Adding bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Taz Bentley in 1989, Reverend Horton Heat recorded for Sub Pop at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle and Crystal Clear in Dallas, which made up the majority of material on Reverend Horton Heat’s debut album, Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em (1990).  For the next album, the band recorded with Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers producing at Ardent Studios in Memphis, The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat (1993).  Jimbo Wallace uses the slap bass technique.

Interscope Records joined with Sub Pop to co-release the band’s third album Liquor in the Front (1994). Al Jourgensen of Ministry produced the album.

Scott Churilla replaced Bentley as drummer in the mid-1990s, and the band released It’s Martini Time in 1996.  The album brought the band its first Billboard chart success, reaching number 65 on the Billboard 100.  The band covered the boogie standard “Rock the Joint”, and the song “It’s Martini Time” was a minor hit.  Later that year, Heath brought his street preacher style to the television series Homicide: Life on the Street, and he appeared on The Drew Carey Show in 1997 followed by Conan O’Brien and all the late night shows at that time.

The 2000 album Spend a Night in the Box was released through Time Bomb Recordings, with Paul Leary producing.  The style was a return to straight-ahead rockabilly songs.  The album rose through CMJ’s charts to peak at number 2 in May of 2000.

The song “Like a Rocket” served as the theme for the 2002 Daytona 500 race.  The band featured the song on their next album, Lucky 7.

Victory Records signed Reverend Horton Heat in 2012, and Scott Churilla returned to the band as drummer, playing for the next five years.  An album titled Rev was released on January 21, 2014.  A YouTube video for a single on the album, “Let Me Teach You How to Eat,” preceded the album on November 12, 2013. Rev rose on the Billboard 100, becoming the band’s highest-charting album.  They toured as opening act for Motörhead, and recorded rock and roll songs with Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, though the tapes are unreleased.  Reverend Horton Heat also backed a number of other artists such as Unknown Hinson, Jello Biafra and Deke Dickerson.

In 2017, drummer Churilla was replaced by Arjuna “R.J.” Contreras, formerly of the band Eleven Hundred Springs.  Matt Jordan of West Virginia joined the band playing piano and organ as well as supporting vocals.  They released the album Whole New Life in 2018.  In 2021, Heath and Wallace teamed with drummer Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) to form a side project called The Jimbos.

Why is there a difference in price for available seats at The Music Room?

All seating at The Music Room is acquired with a first come, first served basis approach.  The Music Room provides all patrons with a live musical experience above and beyond your average concert hall, and supporting this vision are the 4 tiers of available seats at The Music Room.  With a nod to classic record sales certification, the 4 tiers are:  Diamond, Double Platinum, Platinum, and Gold.  Seats range in price based on several factors including artist availability and distance to the stage.

Do you have the same number of seats for each tier?

No.  The Diamond tier of seats only has 12 seats available.  These seats are 4 top rounds located right at the foot of the stage.  You cannot get any closer to the artist than these 12 seats.  These are considered premium seats and are usually purchased by the most ardent fans.

The Double Platinum sections features 4 top square tables and one special 2 top rectangle, and there are 14 seats available.  Still very close to the stage, these seats provide an exceptional view and personal experience.  Table no. 7 is a 2 top rectangle that sits just to the right of the stage and back approximately 6 feet.  It is an extremely popular table.

The Platinum section of seats has a mixture of 4 top squares, two 3 high top rounds, and 9 drink rail seats that are bar height.  The total number of seats in the Platinum section is 37.  These are all excellent seats and reside in the main room.  Depending on a viewer’s personal taste, a table, a high top, or a drink rail might be the right choice, but they are all fabulous and unobstructed.

Gold seating is available in the bar area and can be considered first come, first serve general admission.  Most of the seats are unobstructed but depending how patrons sit at the bar or high tops, there might be a slight obstruction.   Standing room is permitted in the Gold section. The sound is excellent and most Gold level tickets are purchased by patrons that want to be near the bar specifically or by patrons wanting to be further away from the stage by design.  Please refer to our pictures to determine if this area is what you are looking for.  There are 24 Gold seats available and or Standing Room.

*TICKET DISCLAIMER:  The Music Room has a NO REFUND POLICY.  In the event of a cancellation/reschedule, The Music Room will always honor the purchased ticket for the same seat and same artist at the original price.  If a show is cancelled and not rebooked, ticket holder will be issued a credit towards any future show/event at The Music Room.  Ticket holder assumes all risks, hazards, and dangers.  Event subject to change.  No ticket required for entry.  Please bring I.D*