Almost impossible to categorise, Jim Heath, otherwise known as The Reverend Horton Heat, leads a wild-ass trio from Dallas, Texas that serves up country, punk, big band, swing, lounge and rockabilly - and it’s all whoopin’ and stompin’, loud as all get-out and filled with humour. Hey, c’mon, the man has an album called Liquor In The Front (subtitled Poker In The Rear) - this ain’t Coldplay, folks.
Beneath his boisterous veneer, however, Heath is a dedicated student of the guitar who practices alternate picking over sweeping (he says it makes the notes “swing harder”). Check out this early video in which The Rev, White Falcon in hand, discusses his influences and schools everybody with a rippin’ rockabilly lesson that even includes a little Rock Around The Clock - not as easy as it seems.
Now known to millions of gamers worldwide with his song Psychobilly Freakout, which featured in Guitar Hero II, The Reverend occasionally plays a 1954 Gibson ES-175. Mainly, though, he sticks with Gretsch 6120Ws - and the company has now issued the 6120RHH (you can guess what the ‘HH’ stands for), which features the classic ‘G’ branding, a Bigsby B6CB vibrato tailpiece and TV Jones Classic pickups. Martinis not included.