Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, JD WILKES WITH THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS UNPLUGGED, Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones

Wed Jun 13 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary

111 E Sixth Street Newport, KY 41071

$25 adv $28 dos

Ages 18+

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  • Reverend Horton Heat

    Reverend Horton Heat


    Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evan- gelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of Ameri- can music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless inter- stellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for get- ting to tag along. 

    Seeing REVEREND HORTON HEAT live is a transformative ex- perience. Flames come off the gui- tars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Rever- end Horton Heat show. Jim be- comes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the Stand- Up Bass. And then there are the “Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploita- tion picture from the 1950′s that’s currently taking place in the future. 

    Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple. 


    And no band on this, or any other, planet rocks harder, drives faster, or lives truer than the Reverend Horton Heat. These “itinerant preachers” actually practice what they preach. They live their lives by the Gospel of Rock & Roll. 

    From the High-Octane Spaghet- ti-Western Wall of Sound in “Big Sky” — to the dark driving frenetic paranoia of “400 Bucks” – to the brain-melting Western Psyche- delic Garage purity of “Psychobilly Freakout” — The Rev’s music is the perfect soundtrack to the Drive-In Movie of your life. 

    Jim Heath & Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twenty- five Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showman- ship, and mythic imagery. 

    “Okay it’s time for me to put this loaded gun down, jump in my Five- Oh Ford, and nurture my pig on the outskirts of Houston. I’ll be bring- ing my love whip. See y’all later.” - Carty Talkington Writer/Director 

    Rev your engines and catch the ser- mon on the road as it’s preached by everybody’s favorite Reverend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the 11th studio album from REVEREND HORTON HEAT, boldly titled Rev, due out January 21st.

  • Big Sandy

    Big Sandy


    Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys is a western swing/country boogie musical band from California. 




    — A sense of place has long permeated the music of J.D. Wilkes. He’s a native of
    Paducah, Kentucky, a city located at the confluence of various rivers and cultures — an area where
    musical variety is in the air and in the blood memory of its people.
    “Of course, there’s bluegrass and hillbilly songs, but also blues, jazz, old time fiddle music, jug band
    music, even swamp rock,” says Wilkes. “It’s a great intersection there. I think I epitomize that in the way
    that I write and perform.”
    Wilkes’ solo debut, Fire Dream, represents the apotheoses of that vision: a hillbilly-gypsy epic, it’s an
    album of art damaged cabaret music, leavened by Latin rhythms and high lonesome hollers. Call it boho
    bluegrass — maybe what Tom Waits would sound like if he were a Kentucky Colonel (a title that Wilkes
    happens to hold).
    The album is due out on Big Legal Mess through Fat Possum Records on February 16, 2018.
    Proving a compelling firebrand of American roots music during his two decades leading experimental
    rockabilly group Legendary Shack Shakers, Wilkes has a resume and passions that extend far and wide.
    A visual artist, filmmaker and author, he’s served as a session player for Merle Haggard, helped
    soundtrack HBO's True Blood, penned a pair of books (The Vine That Ate the South and Barn Dances
    and Jamborees Across Kentucky) and worked as an ethnomusicologist without portfolio, documenting the
    dying hillbilly culture of Kentucky.
    Wilkes’ creative approach is defined by his home region’s rich history as a musical nexus. “Western
    Kentucky is unique in that a lot of that mountain music, which is otherwise stuck in Appalachia, trickled
    down and permeated our conscience,” he says. “But if you look at it topographically we’re a flat delta
    lowland region, a flood zone … so we have a lot in common with the Mississippi Delta and Memphis and
    we got all that jazz and blues that came up the river as well.”
    That keen understanding of history is partly what drew the interest of Fat Possum’s Big Legal Mess
    imprint, which signed Wilkes in 2017. “They saw me as a kindred spirit,” he says, “in my efforts to archive
    and field-record and report upon some form of folk music that’s in danger of being forgotten.”
    For his solo debut, however, Wilkes has something more outré in mind than a mere musical lesson or
    genre exercise. Recorded at Delta-Sonic Sound in Memphis with producers Bruce Watson and Jimbo
    Mathus, the album finds Wilkes creating a complex tapestry of styles and sounds, playing banjo,
    harmonica, and piano, adding percussion, and even winding up an old hurdy-gurdy. Aiding him in that
    effort are a couple kindred musical spirits in guitarist Mathus and multi-instrumentalist Dr. Sick from the
    ever-eclectic Squirrel Nut Zippers.

    “They were the perfect people to bring in. They could play any kind of style,” says Wilkes. “Jimbo has
    such an intuitive feel for blues and Dr. Sick, man, he’s the most amazing musician I’ve ever had the
    privilege of playing with. I don’t even know what his real name is, but that guy is awesome.” Rounding out
    the recording are contributions from Drive-By Truckers bassist Matt Patton, up-and- coming soul
    chanteuse Liz Brasher on backing vocals, and the horn section from Bluff City R&B band, The Bo-Keys.
    The album’s opening and title track “Fire Dream” establishes the tone with a cinematic setup. “It sounds
    as if a gypsy carnival blew in on a tornado and landed in a hillbilly junkyard,” says Wilkes of the tune. “I
    tried to pay attention to the texture of the songs, both what was in them and how they connected to each
    other, and the record as a whole.”
    Within its ten tracks Fire Dream contains multitudes: from galloping string rambles (“Wild Bill Jones”) to
    slow burning laments (“Walk Between the Raindrops”), hardscrabble narratives (“Hoboes Are My
    Heroes”) exotic nocturnes (“Moonbottle”), and hellfire comedy (“Bible, Candle and a Skull”).
    The sprite, horn-heavy “Down in the Hidey Hole,” meanwhile, is something Wilkes describes as
    “apocalyptic ska.” “Basically, it’s about hunkering down in a bomb shelter with your lady to ride out the
    end of the world,” he says. “It’s happy, upbeat music … but with an ominous edge. That’s what I love
    about people like Hank Williams; they had great danceable tunes with a dark story at their core.”
    Wilkes’ acid wit shines through on Fire Dream, with his lyrics coming across as both highly crafted and
    deeply intuitive. “A song is like a puzzle, you have to feel around and figure out how the words fit,” he
    says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Hank, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits or Nick Cave, they all have a knack for knowing
    the most artful way the words can collide with one another, or flow together.”
    Wilkes notes that there’s underlying emotional edge to record, much of that coming from the fallout of a
    recent divorce. While he dealt with the end of his marriage more directly on the Shack Shakers last LP —
    the howling After You’ve Gone — Fire Dream finds light among the shade. “I’m getting back to playing
    around with things again, musically and lyrically,” he says, “though an element of that darkness still
    Though hailed for his acrobatic, incendiary live performances with the Shack Shakers, Wilkes says it will
    be a different kind of roadshow when he begins playing in support of Fire Dream in the spring.
    “I plan on approaching the songs more artfully live. I might be sitting on a chair playing banjo instead of
    jumping in the crowd like I do with the band,” says Wilkes, who plans on touring with an acoustic combo,
    his 64-key Tom Thumb piano and his usual on stage intensity.
    “I’ll still want to entertain, it might just be more with my eyes and voice than my body,” he says. “There’s a
    lot of stories and a lot of mysteries being revealed in these songs, and that provides its own kind of
    animation. That’s what I love about this record and this music … it moves.”

  • Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones

    Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones


    Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Rockabilly Female, and named the "Best Up-and-Coming Band" by HudsonValley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are NY's premier Rockabilly, Roots Rock n' Roll, Rhythm & Blues outfit. 

Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, JD WILKES WITH THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS UNPLUGGED, Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones

Wed Jun 13 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary Newport KY
Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, JD WILKES WITH THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS UNPLUGGED, Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones
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