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https://metrolagu.site/For Reverend Horton Heat frontman Jim Heath, the automobile symbolizes freedom, music means escape and the relationship between cars and guitars is one that’s frequently defined his best work. Often labeled as a rockabilly or psychobilly artist, Heath, who was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, was vastly influenced by the outpouring of creativity that developed in America in the 1950s, following World War II. The era’s unique style would come to identify everything from furniture and clothes to pop culture and cars but it was especially influential on music upon the advent of rock and roll. “It was mid-century. And an overarching cultural thing is that there was an explosion of music in the mid-20th century because of the new technology of recording. And so just about all the artists that were established recording artists in the mid-century, starting in the 30s all the way through the 60s and 70s, they all had the record label asking them do a Christmas album,” explained Heath from the road, amidst the Reverend Horton Heat’s Christmas tour. “So, consequently, a lot of our Christmas songs that we love and play or hear or whatever are from the 1950s. https://m.lagu456z.com/So the era of music that really influences me will live forever because of Christmas songs.”
https://downloadmp3.gratis/In 2005, the Reverend Horton Heat released a Christmas album entitled We Three Kings, focusing primarily on popular classics like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells.” A sped up, guitar-driven instrumental take on John Henry Hopkins’ 1857 carol “We Three Kings” kicked off the group’s “Horton’s Holiday Hayride” tour on opening night at House of Blues in Chicago last month.
https://lagugratis456.com/But Heath has penned a pair of original Christmas tracks too, including “Donuts in the Snow” and “Santa on the Roof.” “Donuts in the Snow” was released by Victory Records in 2015 and hits upon a frequent Rev theme - the car. “It snows in Dallas but only like twice a year - and it finally snowed on Christmas. And it was a big deal in Dallas to have snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning wake up,” Heath explained. “We had this vacant lot next to our house and my brother-in-law came over and he’s got this jeep - and this is what we decided to do on Christmas: we had this sled that we tied to the back of his jeep, went out into that vacant lot and started doing donuts. It was winging us around and it was so much fun. So I decided to write a song about it. ‘Donuts in the Snow.’”
https://cafelagu.net/As is often the case with Heath’s music, both seasonal offerings start with a story. Few artists can spin a tale quite like the good Reverend and “Santa on the Roof” finds him looking back on a fond memory of his father from a Texas Christmas past.
“In the early 60s, my dad got up on the roof of our house at Christmas. And he had some jingle bells and some boots and he started kind of stomping around with these bells right after we went to bed. And I was awake - but I was startled. My mom came in and I believed that it was Santa. I was a believer. https://gudanglagu.bid/I heard him! Audio proof,” reminisced Heath fondly.
“But there were two boys next door. And their dad was in the Air Force. https://downloadlagu1-gratis.net/So he wasn’t there. He was fighting the Vietnam War. Mr. Royal ended up dying in a plane crash in Vietnam. It was really sad. But my dad went and worked out a deal with the lady next door and he did it over there at their house too,” Heath recalled. “As he’s coming down the ladder, one of the boys stuck his head out the window and said, ‘Mr. Heath! Mr. Heath! Did you see Santa up there?’ And my dad said, ‘Yeah, I just saw him. He’s up there! You better go to sleep.’ And he goes, ‘OK, Mr. Heath. I will!’ But that’s how much kids want to believe in Santa Claus. He actually saw my dad climbing down off the roof and still believed Santa was up there,” said the singer, songwriter and guitarist with a chuckle.
https://lagudownload-gratis.net/Growing up in Texas, Heath was influenced by broadcasting at a time when pop radio included the most popular songs from genres across the board on AM radio. Gradually, music would make its way onto the then burgeoning FM band starting in the late 60s and early 70s, growing alongside rock and roll and exposing a new, younger audience to the diverse sounds of the progressive rock and album-oriented rock radio formats. “In Corpus Christi, Texas, I think we had two different AM stations. And then I remember very well when FM came in and all of a sudden all of these kids were listening to these FM rock shows that I couldn’t get,” said Heath. “We finally got a radio that played FM and that’s really when I got into blues rock - ZZ Top, Allman Brothers, that kind of stuff - which led me deeper into blues, which led me back into the 50s stuff,” he continued. “Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard - that straight eight piano thing is a big influence on me. It’s rock and roll, you know? To me, rock and roll is that straight eight piano - wild piano playing almost more than wild guitar playing.” All of that, plus old Texas country, has emerged from the stew that makes up the twelve studio albums recorded and released by the Reverend Horton Heat since 1990. Punk rock began to gurgle in the New York underground in the mid-70s, adding to the music a message and mindset that would come to define the genre. https://downloadlagu-gratis.site/By the early 1980s, few acts would incorporate the music that fueled Heath creatively with punk rock quite like brothers Dave and Phil Alvin would via The Blasters.
Cameos from artists like singer songwriter Wayne Hancock, songwriter and Squidbillies voice Unknown Hinson and rockabilly singer Robert Gordon have been highlights of recent Reverend Horton Heat tours. For the “Horton’s Holiday Hayride” dates, which wrapped up last night in Orlando, it was Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin who joined the group each night on stage, a dream collaboration for Heath. “The first couple of nights, I kind of had to pinch myself to say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is happening.’ Because I was a big fan of theirs. I sent off mail order to Slash Records for a Blasters t-shirt in 1982 or something and waited for what seemed like months before I got it. I think I still have that t-shirt,” Heath said. “When I saw them, they were playing the Hot Klub. And it was the Dallas punk rock club. At the time, in the early 80s, the punk rock movement was still somewhat new, especially in the other regions of Texas and the western United States. But when I saw him, it really set a pattern for my career. They were bringing rock and roll - old style rock and roll - into the punk rock scene. And it was super exciting to see that the music that I related to https://unduhlagu.gratis/ so heavily was gonna mesh with the new. And he’s a brilliant guitar player. That guy can play. It’s so much fun,” he continued, noting Alvin’s playing on the recent live dates. The Reverend Horton Heat released their most recent studio effort Whole New Life in November 2018 via Victory Records. Keyboards and piano are up front on a batch of songs which feature a positive lyrical bent. Joining the band on tour recently to tickle the ivories has been Lance Lipinsky, who portrayed Jerry Lee Lewis during more than 2,500 shows throughout the Chicago run of musical Million Dollar Quartet between 2008 and 2016. “I’m not really sure how I keep coming up with new songs,” mused Heath. “It’s really funny because doing an album, for me, is such a big project that every time I’m finished with an album I think to myself, ‘Wow, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that again.’ But then I just get in there and I gut it out and the next thing you know, I’ve got another album.”
Long known for their road warrior status, the Reverend Horton Heath still logs nearly 150 live dates per year. While the act of touring becomes increasingly difficult with each passing year, actually playing the music has gotten more enjoyable. During turbulent times in America, the holidays can be a challenging time for some, making the power of music to bring people together and offer a mental escape as important as it's ever been. “That’s what we’re here for is escapism. Especially a guy like me. One reason I’m drawn to this music from the mid-century - everything from surf guitar to the ballads and the hits of the 50s and the doo-wop groups and all of that - is because it’s very dreamy. It’s dreamy. It’s an escape into a different place and a different time and a different thing. Escapism is a really good word to describe it,” said Heath. “At the end of the day, I enjoy playing music now more than ever. So it’s all good.” *** To stream or purchase the latest Reverend Horton Heat studio album Whole New Life via Victory Records, click HERE. *** The Reverend Horton Heat’s 2020 tour begins on January 14, 2020 at Sister Bar in Albuquerque, New Mexico and runs through April 4 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK with dates May 4 and 5 in the U.K. For the full itinerary, click HERE. Follow me on Twitter. Check out my website.