The Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy and Backyard Tire Fire shake Southgate House

Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy and Backyard Tire Fire
Southgate House
Newport, Kentucky
December 5, 2008   

A fired up Southgate House held a rock and roll revival with three animated ensembles, Backyard Tire Fire, Nashville Pussy and the Reverend Horton Heat.

Touring with one of the year’s best recordings, The Places We Lived (see our feature on Backyard Tire Fire here ), Backyard Tire Fire made an immediate connection to the packed house at Newport, Kentucky’s Southgate House on December 5. Brothers Ed and Matt Anderson tore up the stage, bringing the Places disc to life in a colorful fashion. Ed pranced about the lip of the stage, bombarding the floor’s denizens with explosively clean toned lead guitar solos on "Welcome to the Factory." Matt held down the bottom end on bass, letting his powerful rumble do the talking on "How in the Hell Did You Get Back Here."

Although they didn’t have a critically acclaimed release, Atlanta’s Nashville Pussy put on a lively show. Guitarist Ruyter Suys still commands attention on the side stage while she does the Angus Young act on the appropriately named  (for this stop on the tour), "Gonna Hitch Hike down to Cincinnati And Kick the Shit Outta Your Drunk Daddy" from 2002’s Say Something Nasty. Singer and guitarist Blaine Cartwright took what was left of the spotlight, and left his mark on the searing "Go Motherfucker Go" from the group’s 1998 debut, Let Them Eat Pussy.

Headliner Reverend Horton Heat got the biggest reaction of the night as they decimated the House with their unique mix of punk and rockabilly. The crushing pogo dancing and moshing against the front of the stage increased with every tune. Jim Heath, aka, the Reverend, kept the flock in worship to his fluid runs up and down the neck of his guitar on "It’s Martini Time." But the evening’s best song came from the Reverend Horton Heat’s 1991 Sub Pop release, Smoke ’em If You Got ’em. An inspired, improvised turn on "Psychobilly Freakout" had heads spinning and toes tapping with many looking forward to the next time all three bands travel back to bless the Southgate with return appearances.

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