Jim Heath is an ordained minister of rockabilly. The native Texan took the classic rockabilly sound of the 1950s and blended it with high-octane punk and roots rock, producing a sound that could only be described as psychobilly. When he picks up his signature Gretsch and takes the stage with bandmates Jimbo Wallace and Scott Churilla, he becomes the Reverend Horton Heat.
To know what Reverend Horton Heat is, you have to know rockabilly, the genre of music arising out of direct lineage to the rock 'n' roll, country and R&B of the '50s.
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Reverend Horton Heat played their second night at the Old Rock House last night to a large and energetic crowd of true believers and newcomers alike. At the end of the evening, even the most die-hard had been converted by the country blues and rockabilly gospel spread by these two holy men.