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Reverend Horton Heat + Big Sandy + Junior Brown + The Blasters

Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH (12/01/18) – The 2nd Annual Horton’s Holiday Hayride with Reverend Horton Heat rolled into the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. The historic and artsy ballroom was a perfect place to host such an awesome lineup. The Holiday Hayride featured The Blasters, Junior Brown, Big Sandy (performing a handful of songs with RHH), and of course Reverend Horton Heat.

As the crowd assembled, the venue was filling up quickly and appeared to be a near sell-out. The beer and drinks were flowing and it did not take long for the first act to hit the stage. With a stage lit in blues, reds, and amber The Blasters were first up, and ready to entertain.

The Blasters

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Firing things up with Long White Cadillac, this foursome had the crowd’s attention from their first note. Vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman, bassist John Bazz, and guitarist Keith Wyatt had their Americana Rockabilly sound dialed in. Blasting out an outstanding cover of the Merle Haggard classic The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised really got the crowd warmed up. With a great following, many in attendance were very familiar with their songs, and the highlights Dark Knight and So Long Baby Goodbye were followed by the loudest applause of the set.

With Phil, Bill, and John being founding members back in 1979, they still sound top-notch today. Like most of us in attendance, age was only on the exterior, and The Blasters weaved a sonic blanket of sound for nearly an hour. It’s great to see pioneers of a genre still at it today, out here on the road playing their music live for the fans to enjoy. What a phenomenal start to tonight’s show and it set the bar high right off the rip. Be sure to check out The Blasters next time they’re in your neighborhood.

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Junior Brown

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With a storied career and double-digit album releases Junior Brown has plenty of fan-favorite songs. Performing tracks like My Wife Thinks You’re Dead, Too Many Nights in a Roadhouse, and Long Walk Back to San Antone, the first part of his set was filled with familiar songs. Junior stating, “You Having a Good Time? Good, that gives me a minute to adjust my amp.” A quick adjustment to his on-stage amplifier and he busted out a stellar version of Yakety Sax that led into Free Born Man – which chugged along like a freight train. Slowing things down for a few songs he continued with a couple more before performing a blistering Albert King cover with Blues Power. Up next was The Better Half which led into a brand new song about Waiting On A Handyman featuring Tanya Rae Brown on vocals.

Highway Patrol got the crowd singing along as expected. He broke out more of his guitar prowess with Surf Medley. After performing for well over an hour, Junior Brown turned off his amp, unplugged his guitar, waved to the crowd as they cheered, and the band played Junior off. With an incredible set by this honkey tonk guitar master, the night was now set up for the headliner to take the stage.

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Reverend Horton Heat

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With the stage conversion complete, Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath (Vocals and Guitars), Jimbo Wallace (Standup Bass), Arjuna “RJ” Contreras (Drums), and Matt Jordan (Piano) took the stage. The recent addition of Matt made for an interesting take on some of the classic songs. Adding in live piano did not change the songs much, but rather enhanced them, adding in a piano solo once in a while.

Horton’s Holiday Hayride got festive right off the starting line with We Three Kings, the title track from Reverend Horton Heat’s Christmas album. It did not take long to get the party in full swing as they segued into Baddest of the Bad. With a mixture of older hits, newer tunes, and Christmas songs, the first part of the set was a high-powered, festive rumble at the Beachland. Ripping through song-after-song it was not long until they were eleven songs into their set and it was now time for special guest Big Sandy.

Big Sandy – joining Reverend Horton Heat

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Big Sandy was flying solo tonight, well let’s say he was not accompanied with his Fly-Rite Boys. He was, however, a welcomed addition to the Reverend Horton Heat set. With his high strapped guitar and a smile on his face, he was ready to share some true, pure rockabilly. Havana Moon was a spectacular and beautiful song that not only showcased his vocals but also showcased the talent of his all-star backup group tonight. After a seven-song performance that included one broken watch (that he tossed into the crowd), Big Sandy left the stage to a bellow of cheers.

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The Rev got things fired back up with the title track from his latest release Whole New Life. Released on November 30th the album had just been released one day prior to this show. The new songs were well received, and when mixed into the existing concert standards for the Reverend Horton Heat they flowed perfectly.

The biggest difference tonight was the vibe. Sure, it was a holiday-themed concert. Sure, the Rev had recorded a Christmas music album with We Three Kings. Did one ever think they’d hear their live version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer following Psychobilly Freakout? Well, not unless you are lucky enough to have caught them on their 2nd Annual tip of the cap to the holidays.

The two-hour-plus set tonight included 29 tracks. Twenty-Nine… albeit eight of those were with Big Sandy, but all of those featured the full Reverend Horton Heat band. With some of the hardest hitting songs, to some of the most beautiful instrumentation they have ever performed, it was a real intimate evening for the fans packed into the Beachland Ballroom. A few stories were told in between some of the songs, but tonight was all about music. The Rev even took some time to explain how much The Blasters and Junior Brown had an impact on him as a musician, and how that was a driving reason behind the lineup that was on stage tonight.

After over four hours of music poured from the ballroom stage tonight… the 2nd Annual Horton’s Holiday Hayride was complete. An incredible night of music from beginning to end, with this stellar lineup.

You still have time to catch them on tour. Check for dates in your area here!

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Reverend Horton Heat Setlist:

  1. We Three Kings
  2. Baddest of the Bad
  3. Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me
  4. Psychobilly Freakout
  5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  6. Hog Tyin’ Woman
  7. Big Little Baby
  8. Big Red Rocket of Love
  9. Run Rudolph Run (Jimbo on Guitar – Rev on Upright Bass)
  10. Let Me Teach You How To Eat
  11. Don’t Let Go of Me
  12. Yes I’m Loving You (featuring Big Sandy)
  13. Please Don’t Leave Me (featuring Big Sandy)
  14. Havana Moon (featuring Big Sandy) (Chuck Berry cover)
  15. Fine, Fine Super Fine (featuring Big Sandy)
  16. New Baby (featuring Big Sandy)
  17. I Can’t Believe I’m Saying This to You (featuring Big Sandy)
  18. Chalk it up to the Blues (featuring Big Sandy)
  19. Whole New Life
  20. Santa on the Roof
  21. Perfect
  22. Santa Clause is Coming to Town
  23. 400 Bucks
  24. What Child is This
  25. Galaxy 500
  26. Silver Bells

Encore:

  1. Drum Solo
  2. It’s Martini Time
  3. School of Rock and Roll (with Big Sandy) (Gene Summers and His Rebels cover)

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First album I ever owned: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

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The last concert I attended was: Joe Bonamassa at the Fox

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Woodstock without a doubt.

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The first concert I photographed was: Eddie Money at Pine Knob…………Yes I’m that old !!

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My favorite non-musical activity: Photographing Light Houses and working towards their preservation.

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My favorite place in the world is: The mountains in the Pacific Northwest

My dream car is: Ferrari 250 GTO

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Splice (Bucket) List: Foo Fighters, Shinedown, Seether, Queens of the Stoneage, John Mayer, Pink

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The first album I ever owned was: ELO – Out of the Blue

My first concert was: Stevie Ray Vaugh at the Capital Theater in Passaic, NJ

The last concert I attended was: Gasparilla Music Festival featuring The Roots

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Pantera

Favorite non-photography activity? Going to concerts

What was the first concert you photographed? Candlebox

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Stevie Ray Vaugh Alpine Valley Music Theater 1990 – his last concert

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The last movie I saw was: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

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My favorite food is: A ribeye

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My biggest pet peeve is: Driving too slow in the left lane

My favorite place in the world is: In the pit at the front of the stage.

My dream car is: Ford Mustang

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I look nowhere near my age.

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I try to capture as much energy and emotion from the event I can. I want my photos to make you feel like you were there, and know what there felt like.

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I enjoy: Music, Art, Cold Beer

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My first concert was: Pink Floyd

The last concert I attended was: Black Label Society

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Woodstock

Favorite non-photography activity? Listening to Music

What was the first concert you photographed? Motograter

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Jimi Hendrix, anywhere.

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If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Jimi Hendrix

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Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Diet Mt. Dew, Gatorade, Eggs, Cheese, and something that is going bad.

My favorite non-musical activity: Relaxing

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My biggest phobia is: Failing

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My first concert was: Billy Idol

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What was the first concert you photographed? Bald Eagle Mountain and Two Cow Garage

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I enjoy music, video games, satire, philosophy

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If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson

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What was the first concert you photographed? Local Battle of the Bands

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Michael Jackson, or Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance

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My favorite food is: Strawberries

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Sriracha Hot Sauce, Strawberries, Yogurt, chicken

My favorite non-musical activity: watching movies

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My favorite place in the world is: my bed

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I work: I am a full time student working retail and an internship with Vinnie Mac. I also freelance concerts for my personal website.

I enjoy: Attending concerts, anything and everything spooky, going on hikes, and my camera.

Goals/Dreams: As of now, my goal is to graduate school and get a job in the music industry working as a tour manager or publicist.

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Splice (Bucket) List: Foo Fighters, Weezer, Knocked Loose, The 1975, John Mayer, and Modest Mouse.

Guilty Pleasures: My biggest guilty pleasures are naps and Red Bull. They don’t go together at all, but I couldn’t get through a day without either.

The first album I ever owned was: All Time Low

My first concert was: John Mayer

The last concert I attended was: Warped Tour 2018

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Spice Girls

Favorite non-photography activity? Hiking

What was the first concert you photographed? Chase Huglin

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Foo Fighters

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? John Mayer

The last movie I saw was: Heathers

My favorite book is: Cell by Stephen King

My favorite TV show is: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

My favorite website is: Twitter

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Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Red Bull, cheese, salsa, almond milk, cherries.:

My most treasured possession is: Camera

My biggest phobia is: Heights

My biggest pet peeve is: Loud chewing

My favorite place in the world is: Chicago

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I enjoy: Music (playing and listening), Hockey, Baseball, Video Games, traveling when I can afford it.

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The first album I ever owned was: Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

My first concert was: Green Day with New Found Glory and Sugarcult

The last concert I attended was: The Get Free Tour with Silverstein, Tonight Alive, Broadside & Picturesque

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Any Blink-182 concert with Tom during the Take Off Your Pants & Jacket era.

Favorite non-photography activity? Trying to play hockey haha. I just started a couple years ago.

What was the first concert you photographed? I honestly can’t remember it was so long ago.

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? The Green Day Blink-182 Tour

What was your favorite interview? I only filmed it, but Ian Cole from the Columbus Blue Jackets was an awesome interview.

The last movie I saw was: Ready Player One

My favorite TV show is: Scrubs

My favorite non-musical activity: Video Games

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Guilty Pleasures: eating fruit bowls at 3 am while watching 90's movies

I work: At Starbucks

I enjoy: Going to concerts

Goals/Dreams: I hope to become a tour photographer

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Splice (Bucket) List: To shoot a music festival (preferably pop, rap, hip-hop, R&B type, really upbeat)

Guilty Pleasures: eating fruit bowls at 3 am while watching 90’s movies

My first concert was: Jason Michael Carroll when I was 6 years old and it was an interesting experience.

The last concert I attended was: Harry Hudson

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson or Hannah Montana when I was between the ages of 6-11

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Machine Gun Kelly currently or Woodstock

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Brendon Urie

My favorite book is: This is Where it Ends

My favorite TV show is: The Office

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My favorite food is: Avocados or bananas

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My biggest phobia is: Bugs with many legs

My biggest pet peeve is: Rude people

My favorite place in the world is: Chicago

My dream car is: Tesla

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My goal is to produce high-end music promotions with photo and video

I work: as a professional commercial, fine art, and entertainment photographer

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Goals/Dreams: To produce high-end music promotions with photo and video.

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Many years of experience photographing bands of all types.

Splice (Bucket) List: Guns & Roses, Depeche Mode, Metallica, Bjork

Guilty Pleasures: Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Morrissey

The first album I ever owned was: Run DMC Raising Hell

My first concert was: Red Hot Chili Peppers Live at VCU Shafer Court

The last concert I attended was: American Nightmare

Favorite non-photography activity? Drawing

What was the first concert you photographed? First major band was AFI in Charleston South Carolina

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Woodstock

What was the first concert you reviewed? Morrissey Live at Red Rocks, Morrison Colorado

What was your favorite interview? Gwar during GwarBQ

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The last movie I saw was: Three Billboards

My favorite TV show is: Wild’n Out

My favorite food is: Vegan “Chickn”

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Almond Milk, Hot Sauce, Tofu, Veg Chickn, Sunkist Grape

My favorite non-musical activity: Riding Motorcycles

My most treasured possession is: my photo equipment

My biggest phobia is: drowning

My biggest pet peeve is: personal space

My favorite place in the world is: Hawaii

My dream car is: Electric VW Bus

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I’m 6 foot 4 inches tall with a lot of tattoos

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Photographing conceptual fine art

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My goal is to continuously improve my skills as a photographer. I want my photos to tell a story, pull someone in, lead them on a journey and make them smile!

I work: The week as an Engineer; My free time as a Photographer

I enjoy: Being around people and having lots of fun! Part is spending time with my family, but I really enjoy discovering music, traveling and being outdoors.

Goals/Dreams: My goal is to continuously improve my skills as a photographer. I want my photos to tell a story, pull someone in, lead them on a journey and make them smile!

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Splice (Bucket) List: Oh my, such a long list here, but I’ll keep it short: Rolling Stones, Metallica, Alice In Chains, Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Mark Lanegan, Red Wanting Blue

Guilty Pleasures: Going to the movies with a large bucket of buttered popcorn

The last concert I attended was: Joe Satriani G3 Tour 2018 at the Hard Rock Rocksino

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Sex Pistols, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Chuck Berry

Favorite non-photography activity? Aside from my family, I really enjoy attending motorsport events, airshows and hot rod cruise nights during the summer. Camera in hand of course!

What was the first concert you photographed? The Reverend Horton Heat was my first time photographing a concert

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Tough question, as I wish I could have photographed both Soundgarden & Nirvana

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Kristen Derr

My first concert was New Kids on the Block when I was 8

I work: software developer and photographer

I enjoy: traveling, sewing, cats, and snakes

Goals/Dreams: Travel as much as possible

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Splice (Bucket) List: Thursday, Circa Survive, Jawbreaker, Finch (if they ever get back together…)

Guilty Pleasures: reading advice columns

The first album I ever owned was: The Offspring- Smash

My first concert was: New Kids on the Block when I was 8

The last concert I attended was: Pianos Become the Teeth

Favorite non-photography activity? Creating anything! I draw, build things, and design and make most of my own clothes.

What was the first concert you photographed? My friends Jonathan Monument

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? I’ll always regret not getting into concert photography until after Finch broke up.

My most treasured possession is: My picture collection, going all the way back to my 35mm film camera from the 90s.

My biggest pet peeve is: When people drive slowly down the on-ramp and stop at the bottom. The ramp is there for you to speed up, not slow down.

My favorite place in the world is: New Orleans

Photojournalist

Traits

Temma Hankin

Goals/Dreams: A house with an avocado tree in the yard, and a garden full of tomato and pepper plants, so I can have fresh guacamole and salsa at all times.

I work: In the entertainment industry

I enjoy: Spending quality time with my dog.

Goals/Dreams: A house with an avocado tree in the yard, and a garden full of tomato and pepper plants, so I can have fresh guacamole and salsa at all times.

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Photography

Splice (Bucket) List: Andrew W.K., Chromeo, Jungle, Missy Elliott, Die Antwoord, and if you’ve got a time machine handy, David Bowie.

Guilty Pleasures: Singing songs to my dog/re-writing songs to be about my dog and then singing them to him.

The first album I ever owned was: I had a box full of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Chipmunks cassettes. I’m sure that my parents heard “Heal the World” far more times than they ever wanted to.

My first concert was: Weird Al Yankovic

The last concert I attended was: Gramatik

My favorite book is: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Hot sauce, champagne, eggs, tofu, and garlic.

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I used to drive a Cadillac hearse.

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