On Saturday January 4, 2014 Psychobilly & Rockabilly great The Reverend Horton Heat with special guest Jello Biafra along with Old Man Markley hit the stage at the Knitting Factory Concert House in downtown Reno. This was the first show of 2014 at the Knit, and it was a pretty good one.
Attendance was very good for this show with around 600 hardcore rockabilly fans packing the house. This examiner even saw a few metal fans in attendance, it must be the psychobilly in them.
The night started off with bluegrass rockers Old Man Markley.
Old Man Markley is an alt/punk & bluegrass band based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Founded in 2007, the band currently consists of John Carey (lead vocals, guitar), Annie DeTemple (Autoharp, Vocals), Jeff Fuller (Drums), Joey Garibaldi (Bass, Vocals), Ryan Markley (Washboard), John Rosen (Banjo, Vocals), and Katie Weed (Fiddle). The band was signed to Fat Wreck Chords in 2010.
Markley's set lasted around 45 minutes and went just like this, (from the set list on stage).
"Clinch Mountain Backstep" (Ralph Stanley cover), "Party Shack", "Running Weight", "Train Of Thought", "For Better For Worse", "Guts N' Teeth", "Come Around Here", "Blindfold", "Blood On My Hands", "Killing Time", "In A Circle Going Round", "The Science Of Myth" (Screeching Weasel cover), "Do Me Like You Do", "Living And Learning" and "Struggling".
This band was very impressive and a perfect fit for this bill. You could really tell that all of it's members loved playing live, they were very good.
Next up was the headliner, The Reverend Horton Heat.
The Reverend Horton Heat is the stage name of American musician Jim Heath as well as the name of his Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio. Heath is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. One reviewer calls Heath the "godfather of modern rockabilly and psychobilly".
The group originally formed in 1985, playing its first gigs in Dallas's Deep Ellum neighborhood. Its current members are Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath on guitar and lead vocals, Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass, and Scott Churilla on drums. The band is currently signed to Victory Records.
Their sound is self-described as "country-fed punkabilly". Some of their songs could also be described as psychobilly. Their music is a mixture of country, surf, punk, big band, swing, and rockabilly, all played loud and energetically with lyrics that are often humorous. The band has achieved success within the genre and even in mainstream America with their songs being featured in video games and commercials.
For this show, Jello Biafra joined the band onstage and played a couple "Dead Kennedys" songs. It was very interesting, some people came just for that.
The set lasted around two hours and went like this, (from the set list on-stage)
"Victory Lap / Gasoline", "Psychobilly Freakout", "The Devil's Chasing Me", "Never Gonna Stop It", "It's Martini Time", "Zombie Dumb", "Jimbo Song", "Spend A Night In The Box", "Spooky Boots", "Like A Rocket / Indigo Friends", "Let Me Teach You How To Eat", "Oh By Jingo"(Chet Atkins cover), "Tooth Brush / Loaded Gun", "Run Rudolph Run"(Chuck Berry cover), "My Hat", "Hard Scrabble Woman", "400 Bucks", "Baddest Of The Bad", "Big Red Rocket Of Love" and three encore songs, "Bales Of Cocaine", "Galaxy 500" & "Honky Tonk Night Time Man" (Merle Haggard cover).
There was plenty of greased backed hair, side burns and lots of tattoo's, the fans really got into this show. The crowd new most of the words to nearly every song, this examiner was very impressed.
People of all ages rocked out every minute of this show, both bands put on an excellent performance.
A great time was had by all.
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