Hey Cool Cats and Krazy Kittens,
The Reverend Horton Heat here to let you know that my old car is up for sale again. Whenever I get it looking and running good with the intent to sell it, I end up keeping it. This time it’s for real.
Here’s why. I have a daughter in college and one on her way to college. I have so many responsibilities in just the business side of Rev. Horton Heat, it’s all that I can do to keep that all together. I have a 1932 project that has to be finished, and may be finished this year, but I don’t have the proper space for it if I don’t sell the ’50. The ’50 has been garage kept for most of it’s life. Even as my newer cars sit in the elements.
That said, I still don’t want to sell this car. I keep telling myself, “Jim, your a musician. Consider yourself lucky and don’t get in over your head on this car thing.” Then, I go driving around Dallas in this ’50 Ford Custom and I fall in love with this car all over again. I have even continued to spend time and money on this thing, though it really won’t make the car more valuable. I just want to keep it as safe as possible, looking and running good. This car would be perfect for someone who will chop the top, french the head and tail lights, put in a Nova front end and so on. It does have an exhaust leak near the headers at this time, but, I may spend the money to fix that too before long. Buy my 1950 Ford. It will be on e-bay soon.
That brings me to another issue. Jeff Milburn. Jeff has done extensive work on the ’50 and everything on the ’32. The original builders of the ’50 were Frank Staten of Little Elm, Texas and someone named Jarvis – I think. But anyway, I want to tell you about Jeff Milburn’s latest endeavor – Nascar trucks.
In case that you don’t know this. Nascar is huge. Bigger than the Super Bowl on an almost weekly basis. Just behind that is the Nascar truck series. All of these Nascar race team are and have spent millions of dollars to get into these races and race. Now, here comes Jeff Milburn. He’s getting closer all the time on a shoe-string budget. How? He’s a genius and a really hard worker. There is going to be a big Reverend Horton Heat logo on the back of his car. Look for us on the Speed Channel on Sept. 24 at 9:00 PM. It’s a Nascar truck race in Las Vegas.
I’ll let you know the name of the driver and the number of the car. I think that it’s going to be car #76. Anyway, it’s an exiting new endeavor for Jeff. Even though he’s been racing for most of his life, this is pretty big. Good luck to Jeff Milburn Racing. Check out the Speed Channel if you don’t have it already. Also, check out Jeff-Milburn.com for more info and to see some cool pictures of his shop and cars.
The dates of the races for Jeff are -
Sept 24th in Las Vegas. On TV at 9 PM on the Speed Channel.
November 4th at Texas Motor Speedway. On TV at 9 PM on the Speed Channel.
November 11th (tentative) at Phoenix. On TV at 8 PM on the Speed Channel.
The other thing that I wanted to mention is that I’m compiling a “Heat List”. This is for venues that feel absolutely no responsibility to make sure that their place is not a sweat box. The reason for this is that our fans deserve to see a show without passing out from heat stroke or being un-comfortable from the lack of adequate air conditioning. If you’ve only seen Reverend Horton Heat in a hot room, you have not seen us at our best and the promoters are laughing because they wrongly believe that no A/C means more beer sales. That’s another problem. They sell a lot of beer when we play either way.
When it’s that hot and humid, I have to keep my eyes shut to keep the sweat from burning. This keeps me from making eye contact with our fans and prevents me from feeding off of the crowd. It makes the shows run a shorter length of time. And, I can’t play nearly as accurately when sweat is covering my guitar.
At Vaudeville Mew in Des Moines, it was so hot and humid, my vintage Fender Twin Reverb amplifier started to come un-glued. When I look in the back of my amplifier to see condensation from the humidity dripping off of the vintage electronics and tubes in my amplifiers, it makes me know that Reverend Horton Heat is playing a chump venue for a rip-off promoter with no class.
Let’s all pitch in and let our local promoters know that it’s a rip-off and dangerous. And remember, if you are fan of our band and your local venue has inadequate A/C, it means that we may not play in your town for a very long time if these slacker promoters and slacker venues are not made to see the light.
The first postings to my “Heat List” are these venues.
Des Moines, IA/Vaudeville Mews
Montgomery, AL/Off The Wagon
And don’t get the mistaken idea that this is a summer-time issue. In the winter, promoters will leave their A/C off to save money with the excuse of “Hey, it’s winter time.” Some venues up north think that they need little or no A/C, because they say, “Hey, it’s winter time in the North. We don’t need A/C.” Let’s get professional people for the fans sake.
Thanks for the gig,
Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath