Last Friday, on Halloween night, after Voodoo Fest had wrapped up for the evening, festivities continued at various music clubs throughout the city. The Howlin’ Wolf, where Reverened Horton Heat — comprised of American musician Jim Heath and his Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio — headlined, was one such spot.
New Orleans’ hard rock trio Suplecs, formed in 1996, opened the late night show with a burst of energy. Following, Reverened Horton Heat performed.
The veterans of Rev, in fact, had not played New Orleans since Voodoo Fest 2008 and hadn’t performed at the Howlin’ Wolf since 1993. The set was varied, including music from spanned the Rev’s earlier years; several tracks from the band’s 2014 album release; and, finally, some fun and energetic covers, of note “Johnny B. Goode” in which the Rev took to the stand-up bass and Jimbo played guitar. As the main set started to close out, the Rev brought to the stage legendary P. Funk guitarist Eric McFadden, who proved to provide a burst of fresh energy, to finish out the performance with a couple covers, as well as a couple of Rev tunes.
The final component of the evening consisted of an encore featuring one the Rev’s more popular anthems, “Baddest of the Bad,” audience favorite “Galaxy 500,” and, lastly, a drum solo and bass solo. Bassist Jimbo Wallace then praised each lead vocalist Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath and old country music in general, to which Heath responded by bringing back the band’s former guitarist, Eric McFadden, to close out the end of the set with a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Honky Tonk Night Time Man.” You can view the full set here and an extended gallery here.