by Robert Bell
No other single performer has done more to establish psychobilly as an enduring, bona fide musical genre than the Reverend Horton Heat, nee Jim Heath. His trio came roaring out of Texas in the late '80s, signed on to legendary indie label Sub Pop and landed on many a budding, teen-aged music nerd's radar via appearances in the interstitial videos on "Beavis & Butthead."
Sure, there are clear precedents for the good Reverend's greaser-punk vamping. The Cramps, Tav Falco, Flat Duo Jets, The Gun Club, X and a number of other acts had all explored the fusion of punk rock and rockabilly. And the primal pounding of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Hasil Adkins and most of the Sun Records roster were all clear inspirations. But the Reverend managed to stamp his own larger-than-life imprint on a musical landscape filled with other wild characters. He's proven to be one of the most resilient and popular of the retro/rockabilly acts that emerged in the last 20 years.
George's is probably the best venue in Fayetteville and will be a great place to see this show.