VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS
Reverend Horton Heat
Wayne The Train Hancock, Nik Flagstar & His Dirty Mangy Dogs
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202
Doors 7:30 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Reverend Horton Heat
Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath's imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He's a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & "psychobillier" for getting to tag along.
Seeing REVEREND HORTON HEAT live is a transformative experience. Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There's nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin' Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the StandUp Bass. And then there are the "Heatettes". Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It's like being magically transported into a Teen Exploitation picture from the 1950′s that's currently taking place in the future.
Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend's commandants are simple.
AND LIVE TRUE.
And no band on this, or any other, planet rocks harder, drives faster, or lives truer than the Reverend Horton Heat. These "itinerant preachers" actually practice what they preach. They live their lives by the Gospel of Rock & Roll.
From the High-Octane Spaghetti-Western Wall of Sound in "Big Sky" — to the dark driving frenetic paranoia of "400 Bucks" – to the brain-melting Western Psychedelic Garage purity of "Psychobilly Freakout" — The Rev's music is the perfect soundtrack to the Drive-In Movie of your life.
Jim Heath & Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twentyfive Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showmanship, and mythic imagery.
"Okay it's time for me to put this loaded gun down, jump in my FiveOh Ford, and nurture my pig on the outskirts of Houston. I'll be bringing my love whip. See y'all later." Carty Talkington Writer/Director Rev your engines and catch the sermon on the road as it's preached by everybody's favorite Reverend. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the 11th studio album from REVEREND HORTON HEAT, boldly titled Rev, due out January 21st.
Wayne The Train Hancock
Wayne Hancock has been called "the master of hillbilly swing," a "roots Renaissance man," a "country singer's country singer" and "Hank Williams meets Gershwin." But the phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is "Wayne Hancock is the real deal." Joe Ely said it, Hank Williams III said it, Bobby Koefer from the Texas Playboys said it, as have countless music fans and writers when referring to Hancock's authentic and original blend of honky tonk, western swing, blues and big band that he calls "juke joint swing!"
Authenticity and sincerity have been the cornerstones of Hancock's writing and music since the start of his career. His refusal to compromise his vision and sell out his music has earned him a fiercely loyal underground following. Hancock's vision, as he puts it, is "to bring people together and make them feel good about music. It's a spiritual thing and without spirituality, you've got nothin'. There ain't much on the radio that strikes me as being original or from the heart, most of it's from the pocketbook and it shows."
Wayne is proud of his rural roots and culture and has thoroughly absorbed the spirit of country music's forefathers such as Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Never a mere imitator, the cutting-edge style that emerges is every bit his own. He breathes youth and driving energy into traditional country forms and adds a dash of big band horns, boogie woogie piano, scorching rockabilly beats, heavenly Hawaiian steel licks and some wigged-out hillbilly jazz guitar.
Hancock figures he started writing songs around the age of twelve, and he did a lot of travelling around Texas, playing juke joints and belting out his originals for anyone who'd listen. At 18, he won the "Wrangler Country Showdown" but couldn't claim the prize because he'd already enrolled in the Marines. After a six-year hitch with Uncle Sam, he moved to Austin, where he reacquainted himself with music and won a role in the 1994 theatrical production of Chippy. He performed alongside Terry Allen, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and Robert Earl Keen and Rolling Stone proclaimed, "The nasal honky-tonk of newcomer Wayne Hancock practically steals the show."
In 1995 Wayne debuted with Thunderstorms and Neon Signs, a remarkable CD produced by steel guitar legend Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Wilco and Richard Buckner). The release was met with critical acclaim. Newsweek called it "the most promising debut of the season." Two-hundred-fifty dates throughout the country, including brilliant performances on Austin City Limits and NPR's Prairie Home Companion, led to well over 22,000 copies sold of his debut release on a tiny independent Texas label.
In 1997, Wayne signed with ARK 21, an eclectic and well-anchored label owned by former Police manager Miles Copeland. Miles and his staff were impressed with Wayne's genuine ability for writing and performing and have dubbed him "arguably the hardest-working man in show business" for his willingness to tour solidly and his insistence on efficiency and untainted live energy in the studio. That's What Daddy Wants, Hancock's sophomore release, was recorded in a startling three days. A brilliant example of his Texas swing and juke joint rockabilly, the album was even a staple on the space shuttle Columbia, the bugle call of its title track used to wake the astronauts. After That's What Daddy Wants generated even more critical success than the first release, ARK 21 decided to reissue Thunderstorms and Neon Signs on their label.
The past several years have been a time of personal evolution and growth in Wayne's life. He was self-managed since the beginning of 1998 and later that year he lost his father to cancer.He has still been gigging solidly throughout the country and has been doing his own driving, tour managing and taking care of business in exactly his own way.
Nik Flagstar & His Dirty Mangy Dogs
This band has existed in a couple forms since around 2004, we released an e.p. October of that year titled The Hi Life e.p. and did a number of spot dates after it's release, we began seriously traveling soon after and have averaged 100 or so shows a year since then, we play regularly a few times every month, and tour a few times every year, sometimes touring for a month, two weeks or a week at a time, we have played from St. Augustine Florida all the way to Houston and Ft. Worth Texas and are trying to ever expand our touring grounds! We've played everywhere from coffee houses to festivals with 2000 people, churches to moon-shine-only honky-tonks, but mostly we play a mix of bars and all ages venues, with such bands as The Chop Tops, The Sawyer Family, The Independents, The Koffin Kats, The Goddamned Gallows, Larry and his Flask, Dexter Romweber Duo, Twothirteen, The F'n A-Holes, The Pickled Punks, X-Scape Gote, Reed Waddle, Botox Party and many many more. We've released 2 albums since the first e.p.-- COYOTES is half-studio/half-live and was released in 2006 (it was reviewed very favorably in Ol' Skool Rodz Magazine),and WOLVES which was recorded with 2 different drummers in a transition and was released in 2008, our upcoming album NIK FLAGSTAR AND HIS DIRTY MANGY DOGS CHASE PUSSY, is in the recording stage. We have had our music featured on internet radio including RADIO FREE BAKERSFIELD and on compilations from SEXY KILLER RECORDS and the NEW SLANG/HOMEGROWN project produced by WAVE 102.1 radio in Destin, FL. Our touring schedule is always growing and we are always on the lookout for help or sponsorship of any kind, for booking, contact us HERE or @ facebook.com/nikflagstar and we can discuss what YOU need, and what WE need to come and play your town! LOOK OUT FOR US, WE'RE ON THE GODDAMN MOVE< AND WE AIN'T TAKIN' NAMES!