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Rev. Horton Heat comes to Saturn on Aug 6th
Posted on Sunday August 02, 2015 By Tre Brannum and Andrea Bailey

Rev. Horton Heat brings his unique style of rockabilly to Birmingham's newest venue, Saturn, on August 6th! Special guest is Bob Wayne. Tickets are available at Saturn's website.

We caught up with the Rev. himself, Jim Heath, to discuss his latest album REV, the long history of the band, and his upcoming festival projects.

 

Bhamrocks: Listing to the new album, it’s fantastic!

Rev. Horton Heat: Oh wow! Cool. Well that good. Thank you because I rarely ever know. I’ve got to admit, I’ve done some zingers in my time without mentioning them. I've had some stuff that has come out of me that had been really, really bad. So you know, it can’t always be good. But at the same time, most of those people that have been hard on me didn’t have the slightest idea what they were talking about

 

BR: I talked to my friend Jimbo that you used to glue ping pong balls on your fingernails to accommodate your picking style?

HH: Alright, I believe you now. I really didn’t believe that you had talked to Jimbo, but after this I guess you have.

BR: No, no. Not that Jimbo (Wallace,bass player). MY friend Jimbo

HH: Oh YOUR friend Jimbo. Oh I get it. That went around more than I thought. I did it a lot, I guess, in the early 2000’s. 2002 or 2003. Not it fits perfect and works great. If you are a guitar player and don’t have your nails long enough you can glue on ping pong balls. That’s what I say. Cut it up into the contour. But the truth of the matter is, it’s probably not a healthy thing to do. DON’T GLUE PING PONG BALLS to your fingers. It’s just two fingers on my right hand, That had the nails, that I have to have. I’m like a girl, I have to watch my nails. Let’s change the subject. Musicians will do ANYTHING to  get a sound. And that’s one of my anything’s that gets a great sound.

BR: You’ve been touring for over 25 years now, right?

HH: Uhh. Wow. My first interstate band tour was in 1978. Now in various band, I’ve  had other travels. 1986 Rev. Horton Heat have had several road trips.

BR: Out of all your travels, what’s the venue that stands out?

HH: There are so many of them. I can’t name one without the other. It’s pretty magical playing a place like that [place we played in San Francisco, we did a live album there (Fillmore). But there is another club there, Called Bimbos. It’s the coolest thing ever. It’s this great old mid-century designed building in San Fran. It’s this gorgeous ballroom. But hey, the Fillmore is special. There’s this other place in Cain’s ballroom in Tulsa, OK. And it was where Bob Mould had a standing gig, and everybody played there. Elvis, Hank Williams Sr.,  and they’ve kept it up pretty well. There you go! And when you hang up I’ll say “Why didn’t I remember…..”

BR: I can only imagine….

HH: You know, it always kind of taught me that, if there is a big crowd, it’s gonna be good, they’re gonna be real active and vocal and dancing and all that. That’s what we like and that’s what we do.

BR: Why have you not played Liquor, Beer, and Wine at the live shows? It’s been a running joke, “Will this be the time”.

HH: (Laughs) Well that’s nice! I appreciate you asking me about that song. I do enjoy that song. We should play it more. We have a lot of songs that I wish we could play. You know, there are 120, or 140 I can’t remember, possible songs that we have released. But, you know we only have so many songs we can do a night, and we have to do our new songs. An to give up playing new songs is that we have to give up playing songs that were, at one time a big part of our set. People want to hear and see certain songs. And what ever song the most people want to hear, is kinda what we have to gravitate to.  But that song is one of those songs that, I mean we can get that back in the set list again, permanently. Maybe it will, probably a good idea. (laughs)

BR: Can’t wait to see you at Saturn on August 6th! We are very excited!

HH: We are too. We are also working hard on learning songs for the Horton’s Hayride. It’s a festival where we have guest artists sit in with us in the middle of our tour set. We have to learn about 12 songs really good. Because we’re gonna be doing it without rehearsals. That’s happening Aug 22nd in San Pedro, CA. We are gonna fly out there and play with Dick Dickerson, Unknown Hinson, ever heard of him? That guy’s crazy. It’s comedy mainly but, he’s cool. It’s gonna be fun. The Nekromantix are playing. There’re a lot of bands playing.

BR: That sounds like a good time

HH: Oh, it is. I’m a partner in that festival. And there is another festival I’m partnering in. It’s getting out of hand. I don’t really have time to do what I do, much less get involved in all that. But, it’s a challenge and a it’s a lot of fun.  There’s one in Dallas that me and a guy named, Oliver Peck, are doing called the Elm St. music and Tattoo festival. And that one, could be the sweeper. (Oliver) is the judge on this TV show called Ink Master. I’ve known Oliver for a long time and (the show) has made him kinda famous.  So, every Friday the 13th,  he tattoos for 24 hours straight. So we try to do the festival every Friday the 13th, which makes the scheduling very difficult. It should be pretty fun!

BR: Thanks for the time!

HH: Looking forward to the show!

 

New Site Design is Almost Ready
Posted on Monday June 01, 2015 By Tre Brannum

Sorry for our lack of updates and coverage. We have been working HARD behind the scenes to update our site to reflect our broader coverage. The new look and functionality is almost ready. Look for some new things, and more of the same music coverage you know and trust from Bhamrocks! We will be slowly releasing some of our latest podcast and photos from shows and artists we have been covering the past few months. Don't think that this silence has been anything but the calm before the storm.

 

TB

CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival THIS Weekend
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2015 By Jessica Brasher

 

Come hangout and celebrate with us CukoRakko’s Spring Festival this weekend, May 1-3. Taking place at Horse Pens 40, a natural wonderland and music amphitheater in Steele, Alabama, join us and experience that “magic feeling on the mountain”.

CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival will feature bands and artists such as Mandi Rae, Little Raine Band, Dank, CBDB, LAVA, Curtis Jones and Primal Roots ft. Matt Mundy, Bit Deff, Red Clay Revival, Kebbi Williams from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Natti Love Joys and many more!

The 2015 CukoRakko Spring fest will also feature mixed media arts including glass blowing and blacksmithing, yoga, rock climbing, hiking, kid’s activities, craft vending, food & drinks and much more. There will also be a PDGA Disc Golf Tournament. Purchase your tickets today if you haven’t already!

Gates will open at 8am on Friday and will be open until the event is over. Check out the lineup and schedule below. For more info visit CukoRakko.

 

FRIDAY – MAY 1

Mandi Rae

6:00 – 7:00

Rakko Stage (Main)

Scalici-Alley Project

7:30 – 8:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

Little Raine Band

8:45 – 9:45

Rakko Stage (Main)

Sumilan

10:15 – 11:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

Dank

11:45 – 1:00

Rakko Stage (Main)

Jam

1:00 – 1:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Ashtanga Flow with Clay

10:30 – 11:45

Pavilion

Jim Belk

11:00 – 11:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

Taylor Hollingsworth

11:45 – 12:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

Jim Belk

12:35 – 1:05

Rakko Stage (Main)

Kundalini Yoga with Shannon

1:00 – 2:00

Pavilion

CukoRakko Players

1:15 – 2:15

Rakko Stage (Main)

Blackberry Possum

2:30 – 3:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

Drum Clinic: Mitch Caponetto & John Scalici

3:30 – 4:00

Pavilion

Natti Love Joys

4:00 – 5:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

Drum Clinic: Mitch Caponetto & John Scalici

5:30 – 6:00

Pavilion

Red Clay Revival

6:00 – 7:00

Rakko Stage (Main)

CBDB

7:30 – 8:45

Rakko Stage (Main)

Bit Deff

9:30 – 10:00

Rakko Stage (Main)

LAVA

10:00 – 11:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

Sons of Vulcan: Fire Demonstration
+ John Scalici Drum Circle

11:45 – 12:45

Rakko Stage (Main)

SUNDAY, MAY 3

Kundalini Yoga with Shannon

7:00 – 8:00

Pavilion

Ashtanga Flow with Clay

9:00 – 10:15

Pavilion

Curtis Jones, Primal Roots ft Matt Mundy

11:00 – 12:30

Rakko Stage (Main)

Harkestra

12:45 – 1:45

Rakko Stage (Main)

Winston Ramble

2:00 – 3:15

Rakko Stage (Main)

Pioneer Chicken Stand ft John Kulinich

3:30 – 5:00

Rakko Stage (Main)

 

WIDESPREAD PANIC returns to The Amphitheater at The Wharf
Posted on Monday April 20, 2015 By Jessica Brasher

WIDESPREAD

PANIC

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

COL. BRUCE AND THE MADRID EXPRESS

AND BLOODKIN

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

FRIDAY, MAY 22ND - 7:00PM

DOORS OPEN AT 6:00PM

GENERAL ADMISSION & RESERVED - $55.00

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH - 10AM!

ONLINE AT TICKETMASTER.COM,

THE WHARF BOX OFFICE

OR CHARGE BY PHONE 800.745.3000.

ALL DATES, ACTS, & TICKET PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. A SERVICE CHARGE IS ADDED TO EACH TICKET.

A FOOD DRIVE EVENT

Sloss Music & Arts Festival Lineup Announced
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2015 By Jessica Brasher

INAUGURAL SLOSS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED!

 

FEATURING:

MODEST MOUSE, BAND OF HORSES, PRIMUS

ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, YOUNG THE GIANT

 

Lord Huron, Tyler The Creator, Purity Ring, First Aid Kit, Manchester Orchestra

Big Gigantic, Sturgill Simpson, The New Pornographers, Robert DeLong and More

 

PLUS ANOTHER MAJOR HEADLINING ACT TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING WEEKS

 

Tickets on Sale This Friday, March 27th at 10am CDT at SlossFest.com

 

BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 24, 2015) – Sloss Music & Arts Festival has revealed its inaugural lineup with Modest Mouse returning to Birmingham for the first time since 2007 on the heals of their new hit album Strangers to Ourselves and smash single, “Lampshades on Fire.” Also confirmed are Band of Horses, Primus, and Birmingham’s own St. Paul & The Broken Bones, who return after selling out two nights at the Alabama Theatre in November. A Major Headline Act will be announced in the coming weeks. The two-day music & arts event will feature 30+ bands on 3 stages and take place Saturday & Sunday, July 18-19, 2015, at the Historic Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama.

Cage the Elephant and Young The Giant add to the stellar talent atop the Sloss Fest lineup.  Cage the Elephant is currently working on their follow-up to 2013’s Grammy-nominated Melophobia. Meanwhile, The New York Times called Young The Giant’s 2014 release Mind Over Matter “a sharp, electric album that has the cool reserve of The Cure matched with the arena mind-set of Muse (though without that group’s mechanical air).” A full list of confirmed artists from the initial lineup can be found below. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

All tickets are two-day weekend passes and go on sale this Friday, March 27th at 10am CDT at SlossFest.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Three ticket options will be available: General Admission, VIP and “Iron” passes. A limited number of two-day general admission passes start at $105.00 plus fees. Ticket prices will increase as allotments run out. Payment plan options will also be available. “Iron” passes grant access to two air-conditioned tents on site.  VIP tickets are the ultimate way to attend the festival and offer many exclusive amenities. Full details can be found at SlossFest.com.

Sloss Music & Arts Festival will be an experience that is uniquely Southern and distinctly Birmingham, highlighting the city’s burgeoning music, food and arts scene. 

Fans will be able to join Nick Pihakis of Jim ’N Nick’s as he welcomes them into his incredible world of "Nick ‘N Friends.” Chefs from around the country including Ryan Prewitt of Peche Seafood in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, SC, Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats in San Francisco, CA, plus many others, will showcase their take on unique culinary dishes. “Nick ‘N Friends” will require a separate ticket for admission.  Details will be announced soon!

Garden & Gun Magazine is the National Magazine media partner of SM&AF. Garden & Gun is an award-winning national lifestyle magazine that covers the best of the South, including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas. 

"Artists such as Sturgill Simpson and St. Paul & The Broken Bones have graced the pages of Garden & Gun and have captivated the passionate music enthusiasts who read the magazine," said Jessica Derrick, Vice President, Brand Development & Creative Services at Garden & Gun. “We are excited to celebrate the inaugural Sloss Music & Arts Festival with these and many other artists who have signed on to this year’s event." 

Additional lineup announcements and daily schedule of artists will be available soon. For the latest news and updates from Sloss Music & Arts Festival, fans can visit Slossfest.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or sign up for the Sloss Fest newsletter.

 

The inaugural Sloss Music & Arts Festival lineup includes:

 

Modest Mouse

Band of Horses

Primus

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Cage The Elephant

Young The Giant

Lord Huron

Tyler, The Creator

Purity Ring

First Aid Kit

Manchester Orchestra

Big Gigantic

Sturgill Simpson

The New Pornographers

Robert DeLong

Noah Gundersen

Cathedrals

Milo Greene

Paul Thorn

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Gabriel Garzon-Montano

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

Grifters

Kaleo

Blank Range

 

MAJOR HEADLINE ARTIST & MORE BANDS TO BE ANNOUNCED!

 

Sloss Music & Arts Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Starr Hill Brewery, Alabama Power, Coca-Cola, Legacy Credit Union, Hoover Toyota, Brighthouse Networks, Monster Energy, Cathead Distillery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Alabama Gulf Seafood, Garden & Gun Magazine, Telegraph Branding and Big Communications.

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