Back in 1990, when the Reverend Horton Heat first emerged as a force to be reckoned with, roots-rock revivalism was hardly the order of the day. This did not stop the band’s leader, guitarist and vocalist Jim “The Rev” Heat, from cranking out the rockabilly riffs, primal rock ’n’ roll swagger and genuine country twang with all the vigor of a punk rocker on a caffeine bender. The roots music revival would come later, and it would largely overlook Reverend Horton Heat in favor of far less visceral fare. But the band just plain didn’t seem to care – it had its sound, it had its audience, and it had plenty of gigs on the docket.
Nearly 25 years on, little has changed, and that’s because little needed changing. The band still tours like the dickens, and now, for the first time since 2004, the Heath-led trio has a new album, “Rev,” to promote. Guess what? It’s a real barn-burner. And burning barns is what this band does best.
The Reverend Horton Heat brings some Texas heat to Buffalo at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets for the Reverend Horton Heat, featuring Deke Dickerson, with Nekromantix & the Creepshow, are $24 advance, $27 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster).
– Jeff Miers