Review: Reverend Horton Heat, Black Sheep 01/27/12

By Ron Stauffer on March 3, 2013


I went to a concert recently at a venue in Colorado Springs called "The Black Sheep." The Black Sheep is one of the area's best kep secrets—it's a very small place with no windows on the seedy part of town, but it's excellent because the ticket prices are usually very inexpensive (around $10 or so) and some big-name acts often come through and play there, yet the venue is rarely packed.

Reverend Horton Heat is one such big-named act that recently came through. The group was actually formed in 1985, so they've been playing music for a very, very long time. (If you don't know who Reverend Horton is, think of the rockabilly of Brian Setzer/Stray Cats but crossed with the funk and edginess of ZZ Top—they call their style "Psychobilly").

The band had lots of power, and had a strong performance, blasting through hits like "Martini Time," "Big Red Rocket" of love, and a concert favorite: "J-I-M-B-O" (named after the Jimbo, the bass player who plays an upright acoustic bass). During the song, Jimbo laid his bass on its side and The Reverend jumped up on top of it and danced around while playing a guitar solo.

Overall, it was a great show and I'm sure I'll go back to another Reverend Horton Heat show as soon as I can.

Peter Trott, Coos Bay

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over 7 years ago

He's a performer I'd like to see. Love that rockabilly.