It's a Whole New Life for Reverend Horton Heat, and Jim Heath and company are celebrating it on the new album of that name, coming out Nov. 30 and premiering in its entirety exclusively below.
The title refers partly to the configuration of the Heat band, Heath tells Billboard. He and longtime bassist Jimbo Wallace have added not only a new drummer, RJ Contreras, but also a piano player, Matt Jordan, which has broadened the palette the group is operating from on the album's 11 tracks -- mostly spirited rockabilly, including a cover of Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas," with a side trip to N'awlins in "Tchoupitoulas Street."
"It's a blast," Heath says. "We're really having a great time, man. Matt and RJ, either of those guys could've done wonderful things to the level of musicianship in this band. Getting them both at once is really cool. They're great musicians, and me and Jimbo are having a really good time with it, like a whole new band.