The Reverend Horton Heat played three nights at the Tractor with Big Sandy, Voodoo Glow Skulls and the Delta Bombers. I attended the first night (Wednesday, February 6, 2019) with friends and we had a ball.
The Reverend Horton Heat & Big Sandy
What the listing didn’t communicate very well was that Big Sandy appeared as a guest in the middle of the Rev’s set, rather than for a full one of his own. Though it was a surprise, the arrangement worked well. It seems like that opened up some other doors as well: Matt Jordan (keyboards) was a cutup. Instead of a standard drum solo, RJ Contreras wandered the whole stage, striking whatever was nearby, including Jimbo’s bass and a beer bottle that an audience member held up. And Jimbo played guitar on a Chuck Berry number, which the Rev himself slapped the doghouse. I’m glad for the variety–the Rev’s shows have felt a little formulaic lately, and this was definitely a memorable one.
Voodoo Glow Skulls
Voodoo Glow Skulls and their frenetic brand of ska-core seemed like an odd addition to this bill, but I have no complaints. I’ve been a fan for 20+ years, but hadn’t yet been able to see them live. It was worth the wait! I haven’t seen people moshing at the Tractor for years, but a pit broke out during the VGS set, and by the and I was in the middle of it, partying like it was 1999.
The Delta Bombers
It’s hard to believe I’ve been seeing the Delta Bombers for 10 years (here’s my first exposure, if you’re curious). They’ve grown from energetic youngsters to mature, great performers. I’m impressed every time I see them, and as usual, they brought it. My friends were all very pleasantly surprised that “the opening band” could blow their doors off.