As you may have noticed, Wayward is proud to be hosting videos from Lawrence's the Heard. The latest is the collective's interview with Reverend Horton Heat. Here's what the Heard's interviewer, Nicholas Stahl, has to say about the band.
Every once in a while, I interview a musician before ever seeing them perform in person. With Reverend Horton Heat, it was hard to put two and two together. A musician's persona on- and off-stage are obviously related, but usually a bit different. I have been ever so fortunate with really great interviews thus far. Everyone has been incredible. When Jim sat down, I felt like he was just another super-sweet dude who has been in Lawrence forever; a bit eccentric, yet extremely kindhearted and humble. However, when Jim took the stage in the psycho-rockabilly outfit, Reverend Horton Heat, he transformed into a super-charged, sharp-dressed, guitar-shredding gentleman.I really hate to stereotype or limit a musician by their appearance, but needless to say, I was blown away by the energy of Reverend Horton Heat.
At one point the bassist, Jimbo, turned his enormous upright bass on its side as Jim proceeded to climb upon it as if to claim his throne. Without missing a note, Jim continued to showcase just how incredible decades of guitar playing can make someone. Jim stepped down from his throne as he continued to navigate the stage while putting on a free guitar clinic for the remainder of the set.If any one thing that Jim said really resonated with me, it would have to be his view on performing live. Each time a performer plays to a crowd, there are so many variables involved. Live music is a streaming activity that is never static. Literally anything can happen. Regardless of how prepared you think you are for a show, one can never predict what is going to happen. That is why I love what I do. With both the Heard and playing in bands, the spontaneity of live music is such a great thrill. Nothing can replace that feeling of being a part of something that can never be replicated. Next time you are at a show, think about just how exclusive your experience is. What happens on the stage and in the crowd cannot be recreated, only imitated. Music has the ability to transform people and transcend boundaries that tend to strangle every type of expression. That is why bands like Reverend Horton Heat still play after all these years.
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