Exclusive Video: The Making of Reverend Horton Heat's "My Hat"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive behind-the-scenes video featuring Reverend Horton Heat.

You get to be a fly on the studio wall as bassist Jimbo Wallace, drummer Scott Churilla and guitarist Jim "The Rev" Heath (who's wearing a hat in the video) discuss the band's past, big tours, their vibe, records from the 1950s, their recording process — and the roots of "My Hat," a rocking track off their new album, Rev, which was released January 21 by Victory Records.

"I had the idea because I'm kinda getting beat up by the business side of Reverend Horton Heat," Heath says of the song, which was inspired by Bill Haley and the Comets. "I decided to write a song about getting your ass handed to you."

The new album, which was produced by Heath, is the followup to 2009's Laughin' & Cryin' with the Reverend Horton Heat. It features 13 tracks of pure psychobilly mayhem. Rev is available right here.

Reverend Horton Heat are on tour now, and you can see some of their current dates below the video. For all the dates — plus more info about Reverend Horton Heat, visit victoryrecords.com,Facebook and their official website.

2014 Reverend Horton Heat Tour Dates:

  • Mar 20, 2014Flagstaff, AZThe Orpheumw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 21, 2014West Hollywood, CARoxyw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 22, 2014West Hollywood, CARoxyw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 23, 2014West Hollywood, CARoxyw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 25, 2014San Diego, CACasbahw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 26, 2014San Diego, CACasbahw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 27, 2014San Diego, CACasbahw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 28, 2014Las Vegas, NVVinylw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 29, 2014San Jose, CABlank Clubw/ Nekromantix
  • Mar 30, 2014Sacramento, CAAce Of Spadesw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 01, 2014Fresno, CAStrummersw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 02, 2014San Luis Obispo, CASlo Brewing Companyw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 03, 2014Long Beach, CAAlex's Barw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 04, 2014Tucson, AZRialto Theatrew/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 05, 2014Tempe, AZMarquee Theatrew/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 06, 2014Taos, NMTaos Mesa Brewingw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 08, 2014Oklahoma City, OKDiamond Ballroomw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 09, 2014Lincoln, NEBourbon Theaterw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 10, 2014St. Louis, MOPlushw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 11, 2014Kansas City, MOKnuckleheadsw/ Nekromantix
  • Apr 12, 2014Dallas, TXGas Monkey Bar & Grillw/ Nekromantix
  • May 03, 2014Plano, TXOak Point ParkSuburbia Music Festival
  • May 20, 2014Lubbock, TXJake's Backroomw/Pinata Protest
  • May 21, 2014Midland, TXBlue Max
  • May 23, 2014Ventura, CAVentura Theatre
  • May 24, 2014Las Vegas, NVFreemont Country Club
  • May 25, 2014Bakersfield, CAB Ryders

For a FULL LIST of their current 2014 tour dates, head here!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.