Aspen/ Ft Collins 1/31/13 2/1/13  

We caught up with Reno Divorce and the Reverend Horton Heat on 1-31-13 in Aspen, CO at Belly Up, and again on 2-1-13 in FT Collins at the Aggie Theatre as they passed through on their Ski Bunny tour.
This band is still one of the best shows I have ever seen! Time and time again they bring a powerful performance that gets the crowd excited and keeps the energy up. These crazy cats are doing just fine on their new label, Victory Records, and are showing no signs of slowing down. Packing venues across Colorado and the USA!
I can’t wait to see them again and you should definitely not miss their next show in your area!

November 24 2012 Aspen Concert  

Reverend Horton Heat @ aspen gondola plaza in Aspen, CO - Nov 24
Genre Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Country, Surf, Rock n Roll     

On Saturday November 24th, interviewed the members of Reverend Horton Heat after they played an amazing outdoor show in beautiful Aspen Colorado.

As we pulled into town, our attention was immediately drawn to the large banner spread across the Aspen Gondola Plaza entrance, atop several cars on display. It read "Tonight! Reverend Horton Heat!"  We then pulled in right next door to the Sky Hotel and checked in to our lovely room. We were immediately struck by the friendly staff and amazing décor. We were treated like rock stars from the moment we stepped out of our vehicle to the moment we left.
The stage was set at the bottom of a ski sloop in the amazing Gondola Plaza. Part of the Bud Light free concert series, and just minutes from the lovely Sky Hotel.

A beautiful 50 degree day gave way to a chilly crystal clear night at this amazing location. The stars came out to shine in the night’s sky and on the outdoor stage. The show started off around 6:30 pm and the area in front of the stage quickly filled with people cheering and enjoying the performance from the legendary Reverend Horton Heat!
The band was obviously freezing and having trouble keeping their fingers warm and instruments in tune with the freezing weather. Even with the propane heater blowing on them it just was not enough to take the chill off and most of the show the Rev wore their jackets.
Even with the minor inconvenience of not being able to feel their fingers, the Rev played on and didn’t miss a beat. Smiling, they engaged the crowed with every song and every note! Stopping to talk to the crowd about how it was when they first started out,  you can tell that the Rev has a plethora of knowledge about the ins and outs of the music biz locked away in his skull. 26 years in the RHH and still going strong... they must be doing something right.
After a handful of songs, they played a few covers that are near and dear to everyone’s hearts covering one by Merle Haggard, one by Willie Nelson, and one by Johnny Cash, the crowd went crazy!
Truly one of the greatest bands I have ever seen live. Their stage presence is unmatchable and the music gets your heart pumping! The audience chants and sings along, shouting out song titles, words of praise and love in between every tune as Jim aka the Rev tries to swindle his guitar back in tune and the heat back in to his finger tips before jumping into the next song on the list! This band truly loves their fans and is humble and thankful for every one of them, taking time to say thanks for coming out and introducing the band members one by one in a truly rock star fashion!
After the show the night was topped off by fire works and more activities on the stage, while we joined the band in the green room and later in the hotel for some one on one time talking about music and what makes The Reverend Horton Heat tick after 25+ years of making amazing music, and what is in the future for the band!

Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath
Jimbo Wallace
Scott Churilla

Q: How does it feel to be here in Aspen?
A: Jim “Well Cold. Chuckles. People love music here and it’s a great town for us. It’s a no brainer we love Aspen, you guys have great shows here.”

Q: You guys will be back here in January right?
A: Jim “Yes for the ski Season, we call it the Ski bunny tour”

*Note they will be playing several Colorado shows in January 2013. The Aspen show will be at Belly Ups, a very popular local venue just a few blocks walk from the Gondola Plaza. The Date for this show is January 31st 2013. Check their web pages for a complete list of tour dates.

Q: How long have you been playing music?
A: Jim “Well, a long time. When I was a kid I had cousins who played music and they were pretty good and they turned me on to it, and then my extended family all played or sang or what ever. They where all involved with music. But really when I was about 12 or 13 years old I started really focusing on trying to learn guitar off of albums. So most of my life it was there. My first band I was 15 and by the time I was 16 I was making money. But playing silly cover songs and so back then everybody knew well no record labels wants bands that play cover songs, so we have to write our own songs. So the more songs we wrote the less it seamed the people liked us because they wanted to hear the hits of the day. There was a very hard balance for a number of years. In the 70’s there were impersonators who could sing every note of someone else’s songs and that got gigs but when they started writing their own songs it was a lot harder to get out there.”

Amy “I definitely think that today your songs are classic and unforgettable.”
Jim “Well that is very nice of you to say. I don’t necessarily think they are classics but we are very thankful for the fans that we have and I am proud of what we have done and my guys and what have you.”

Q: A fan asked; are you really a Reverend or is that just a clever title?
A: Jim “No I am not and my advice to those people who are about to get married is get a real Reverend.”

Q: What is your favorite part of being part of The Reverend Horton Heat?
A: Jim “that’s a good question. My favorite thing is my guys, the people around me and it’s not just my guys but my wife and my kids, and Jimbo’s family and just everybody the comradery around us. It’s kinda crazy.”

Scott “Getting paid to play music with my friends”

Jimbo “Ah my favorite part is because I get nervous every night before I go on. And it’s kind of a weird thing but then when I finally hit that first note I feel at home. I look over at the Rev, you know we have been playing together for 26 years and he smiles at me and I smile back and we know it’s going to be a good show. And we don’t know what’s going to happen. We might be dodging beer bottles or what have you, but the thing about it is that I love that we can all relate through our eyes and our music and we can bring it up or bring it back down according to the crowd and it’s the dynamics I think that we do the best. That makes the music breathe and makes it more sexy and real, and you know we can play the same songs over and over and people still come out and it just makes it for me. I am the luckiest guy in the world being able to do this for a living because I never thought I was going to play bass for a living. I just I loved it. I never thought to myself I am going to do this for money. It’s not like a job it’s my life it’s the way we live and that is the reason we have been together for 26 years.”

Q: How many albums do you have out now?
A: Jim “Well 10 original albums I think”

Q: What inspired the song “Death Metal Guys” on your album “Laughin' and Cryin'”?
A: Jim “Well I was thinking about how I am a huge fan of Jerry Lee Louis and others of his time, and how rockers in the late 50’s started doing things that were unmentionable in southern towns or what not, then I started reading about Death Metal and Black Metal and people said well it should have been called black metal guys but well, what ever. So I read about a band called Mayhem and the lead singer had shot himself and the other band members showed up and his brains where all over the rehearsal studio and they started eating his brains. And I was just thinking Jerry Lee Louis is like a saint compared to these guys ya know? And it got me thinking about the whole scene thing. Like how we have rockabilly guys who are really into their scene but they would never eat someone’s brains. So it was just a funny song to try and poke a little fun or put a little funny light on something that I hope stops. You don’t need to burn churches and stuff it’s really not that funny. I would rather make fun of it I guess. But I really don’t know what I do. I plan what I do very meticulously and it never works out. so my life is really up to the galaxy’s new songs hit me from the head. So that’s where that came from Death Metal Guys.”

Q: What is in the future for the Reverend Horton Heat?
A: Jim “Well we have some new business partners that I know will be very good for us. Working on a new album and new recordings. I’m personally working or recording some of my own things. Studios have always been a little bit monopolistic because you had to go to a studio to record a band and the way technology has come to the fore is that people like me have learned to meld the old style tape recordings with the new style computers and what have you, so it’s a very interesting style and process now for recording. I’m very into that right now. Oh and we are going to be playing several shows where we play or regular set and then half way through the set we stop and have Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys come out and we play several dead Kennedys songs with Jello. So that will be pretty neat towards the end of the year.”

Jimbo: “Well I can’t really tell you unless this comes out after the actual announcement. I don’t want to screw anything up or jinx it but we just got signed to a new record label. It’s a secret they have a lot of heavy metal bands. Kind of like when we signed to “sub pop” they had Nirvana and Sound Garden bands like that and they took a chance on us because of our energy. The new label will be great for us because they respect what we are doing and have a great promotional team. Also we will be Playing with Jello and the new record will be the most aggressive record we have done since the beginning of the band.”

Q: Favorite band or performer that you have played with so far in your career?
A: Jim “That is another really good question. My hero’s Jerry Lee Louis and Carrel Perkins. We opened for Johnny cash and got to meet him and still to this day the side musicians from his band are good friends and call us up, you know, keep in touch. And all are really nice people. So those I would say are my favorites.

Q: Is that where you get a lot of your influence from those musicians?
A: Jim “Oh yeah I started focusing really heavy on that in the Sun Records 50’s era. Elvis Presley recordings that I am really into, a lot of my musician friends and people that think they know what Elvis is about they don’t know songs like “That’s all right mama” or ‘Mystery Train” or “Baby let's play house”. They don’t really know what that stuff is about. Johnny Burnet and the rock n roll trio, Jean Vincent.”

A: Jimbo: “I like the more aggressive songs that we do. I’m a big Ramones fan so Johnny Thunder NY Punk and stuff like that, they all had styles that were pretty much straight rock and roll so that is where it is for me. Lemmy is a friend of our’s Jello and the more aggressive punk rock. Mike Ness, The Cramps, Social Distortion, I hope to do more stuff with them in the future.”

Q: What do you have planned for the rest of your stay here in Colorado?
A: Jim “I’m going to sleep and maybe go to breakfast tomorrow or brunch something like that up here in Aspen.

Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: Scott “Be respectful and practice.”

Jimbo: “Don’t take more than you need is the best advice I ever have gotten. It’s kinda like a Native American thing. I play that to life don’t take more than you need.”

Q: Directed at Jimbo: What is up with these tattoo’s I keep hearing about on your legs by Adam Fuscaldo?

A: Jimbo “Well I have got this thing going with getting my bass' tattooed on my legs that I have had throughout my career. I have had about six or seven. Um, a lot of guys name their interments’ and I don’t do that, I have them tattooed on me and Adam does them. And I have been broke and sold some of them but it’s just a cool thing to keep the memories that you can’t get rid of. It’s Important to me”

Amy “thanks for taking the time to talk to me. We will be looking forward to the new album”
Q: Is there anything else you would like to say maybe about the new album or something in the future?

A: Jim “ I will say that my album right now I have more songs in the works than I have ever had since our first album and I think it’s going to be more rock. But I plan but it never works out. So we will see how it works out.”

Quote: Jimbo: “The thing that we offer is a little Texas perspective on the thing. There is something in the water in Texas that makes for great guitar players. Great guitar players come from Texas.”

A couple days later Reverend Horton Heat released that they had been signed to a 3 record deal with Victory records. A small promo video was posted on their face book page.

Jimbo is still getting his Bass guitars tattooed on him when he comes through Colorado and you too can have work done by his amazing tattoo artist, Adam Fuscaldo, if you are in the Longmont, Colorado area. He owns and works at Electric Tattoo in Longmont on Main Street. And has tattooed everyone from The Voodoo Glow Skulls and Jimbo of the RHH and yours truly, Amy of Resident Rock Star. He is one of the best tattoo artists Colorado has to offer.

For more information on Tattoo’s Tour dates and Everything that is RHH please check out as well as their face book page and website and twitter.
This has been and interview with Amy of
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