The Rev is on the road to promote his sixth release, Spend A Night In The Box. This wilder-than-rockabilly chestnut was recorded in Austin at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios (don't worry, The Rev pays his taxes), and produced by Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary. As for the live experience, just imagine your first real whiskey buzz, add psycho Gretsch guitar and a hopped-up, sweaty crowd peppered with folks in fabulous, vintage blue-collar style.
Joining The Rev this time out is son-of-a-son Hank Williams III, a lanky, handsome ringer for the grandfather who's surely the most celebrated icon in country music.
Hank III continues in the family tradition, playing twangy honkytonk, rockin' country (more in line with his grandfather's style than his dad's electrified, Monday Night Football contributions). The junior Hank has become the darling of music critics and alternative-country fans since the release of his Risin' Outlaw debut last September.
Rounding out the triple bill are Tucson's own gravy-laden trailer park terrors, Thunderosa. Fronted by alias Bubba Grubbs, Thunderosa has just returned from a debauched road trip/beer run/club tour that brought them home from El Paso, through Phoenix and on to demonize the City of Angels. With that behind them and no charges filed, they're back and ready to rock the Rialto.
"This is my fifth time opening for The Rev," says a nostalgic Grubbs. "Tell the fans out there to rest up and drink plenty of fluids before they come. They're gonna need it. This show will be one to remember."
Thunderosa is even kickin' in free temporary tattoos to the first 100 well-rested, hydrated folks through the door. "Stewed, screwed and tattooed" is the party line here.
The Reverend Horton Heat, Hank Williams III, and Thunderosa play the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St., on Thursday, June 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 day of show, or $15 in advance from Zip's University, CD Depot, Guitars, Etc. or online at www.ticketweb.com. Charge by phone at 1-800-965-4827.