LIVE: The Reverend Horton Heat

"The Godfather of modern rockabilly" -- the Reverend Horton Heat -- rock & rolled his way through the Observatory North Park on Sunday, Dec. 13

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The Reverend Horton Heat -- featuring Jim Heath, "the Godfather of modern rockabilly" -- rock & rolled through the Observatory North Park on Sunday, Dec. 13.
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Heath, the Dallas, Texas-based singer/songwriter/guitarist, and his band treated the crowd to their self-described "country-fed punkabilly."
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The Reverend Horton Heath is the stage name of Heath.
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The group got its start in 1985, and released its 11th studio album, "REV," on Jan. 21, 2014.
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Their music, often described as psychobilly, is a mixture of country, surf, punk, big band, swing and rockabilly -- all played loud and energetically with lyrics that are often humorous.
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Heath actually played in a cover band called Southern Comfort with friends from his high school, before he went off to college in 1977.
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Heath's stage name was derived as an ode to Johnny Horton and the shortened version of his last name.
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The name also stemmed from an audience member shouting, "Go Reverend!" throughout Heath's lively solo performance of "Folsom Prison Blues" one evening. It stuck.
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Aside from Heath, Reverend Horton Heat is comprised of bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla.
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The band's music has been featured in TV shows, films and video games, including "Beavis and Butthead," "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3," and "Guitar Hero II."
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Heath can be seen here playing his signature guitar from Gretsch, the 6120RHH.
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Fun fact: A card advertising the Reverend Horton Heat appears prominently on a table in the Central Perk coffee shop on an episode of "Friends."
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