Reverend Horton Heat

Up All Night presents

Reverend Horton Heat

Tommy Brunett, Krypton 88

Wed · April 25, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Historic German House Auditorium

Rochester, NY

$22.50 advance - $25.00 day of show

Reverend Horton Heat
Reverend Horton Heat
Recently, the Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, had something along the lines of what he calls an epiphany.

He's a little tired of being taken so seriously-well, maybe not seriously, exactly, but you get the idea-and lately he's noticed that some of his funnier, country-tinged songs were his biggest crowd pleasers. Besides, being entertaining is what this is all about, right?

So, ladies and gents, roll your smokes up in your sleeve and hold on to your cowboy hats, it's time to take a trip back to a time before slick, over-produced country became the norm-a time when outlaws wrote songs about being without a pot to piss in-or at least about psycho exboyfriends and deadbeat girlfriends that spend your paycheck faster than you can say Lone Star.

Welcome to Laughin' and Cryin' with the Reverend Horton Heat a record full of country-heavy tunes about bad habits, well-meaning but clueless husbands, ever-expanding beer-guts and, well, Texas. It wouldn't be a Reverend Horton Heat record without a song or-in this case, two-about the Lone Star State. And, while Laughin' and Cryin' marks a detour from the hard driving punkabilly of the Rev's last record, 2004's Revival, this time tending toward honk, there's still some shit-kickers ["Death Metal Guys"] to let you know that Heath and crew still mean business.

"I really wanted to capture the feelings of recordings of the late '50s, early '60s," Heath said of the songs on the new record.

Exhibit A: Beer Holder, a honky-tonker about a guy who finds the table by his chair a bit too far of a stretch-so he opts for a new "beer holder," his growing gut. While this guy finds his solution genius, his woman thinks otherwise.

"[The record is] kind of from a regular guy point of view," Heath said. "You know, I like to do stuff that's kind of tongue-in-cheek that makes fun of the good old boy thing as much as trying to glorify the country boy thing."

Heath originally conceived the new record as the product of an alter ego, Harley Hog, a sort of "laughing and crying" singer.

"I was trying to develop this vocal style where I was always either laughing or crying. It was really over- exaggerated," Heath said.

The problem once they got in the studio, however, "we wouldn't get that far because the guys were just laughing so hard. It was really kind of ridiculous."
Tommy Brunett
Tommy Brunett
"A journeyman in his own right, Tommy Brunett tangles rock and roll and classic country to form the guts that empowers his own brand of storytelling. The songs offer insight into the greater simplicities of life, without diluting them with a mish mash of cliché or innuendo. Tommy’s music makes beeline straight to the heart of the matter with no
apologies. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, Tommy has toured the country with his songs planting himself firmly in the landscape of the national music scene."

- Stingfellows Sessions, Charlotte, NC


Hell or High Water was named “Album Of The Year 201o” Jeff Spevak- Gannett News Corp.

Rhett Miller from the Old 97’s appears on two tracks on Hell Or High Water: “Drinkin’ Song” and “Born to Walk to Alone”. Old 97’s and Tommy played together opening for Cracker during the summer of 2009.

Tommy’s acoustic version of Bod Dylan’s Knockin' On Heavens Door recorded specifically for the film "After" will be featured in the movie. The film stars Kathleen Quinlan and is slated for a 2012 release.

“Brunett's personal blend of country and rock, which he delivers with the subtlety of getting whapped in the face with a raw steak, will have you hopping on his bandwagon and clinging on for dear life” - Dale Evans City Newspaper

Tommy’s featured on a track for the movie Sophomore, a coming of age film staring Amanda Plumber and Patrick Warburton coming out this spring.

Drinkin’ Song is taken from a line that Tommy’s father told him when he was a boy. “Some of the best times in my life I can’t remember”. The song is about his father, Big Joe and Grandfather, Joe.

Tommy and his acoustic guitar named “Pancake,” have played as a duo in addition to full band shows for 12 years and crossed the country together over 16 times opening for acts such as Old 97’s, The Bouncing Souls, Ted Nugent, Cracker, George Thorogood, Reverend Horton Heat, Marshall Crenshaw, The Jayhawks, Shooter Jennings, Courtyard Hounds and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

Tommy is: “More Fun Than A Clown On Fire”
Venue Information:
The Historic German House Auditorium
315 Gregory Street
Rochester, NY, 14620