The legendary psychobilly rocker Reverend Horton Heat has been touring mercilessly for over 20 years and have seen more labels than a Campbell's factory, but there are no signs of he or his band slowing down anytime soon. Known for the Reverend's on-stage preacher persona and his graphic lyrical humor, the actual history of the man may or may not be as dubious as early Sub Pop bios might have listeners believe, but the years of traipsing the country preaching and singing about alcohol, women, drugs and steak likely generated better stories than any fabrication could have mustered.
Before David Lowery scored a string of hits with his seminal alt-rock band Cracker, he fronted CVB, a "surrealist absurdist folk" band from Santa Cruz. Aside from racking up a reputation as one of the most unpredictable acts in the burgeoning underground rock scene, Camper recorded a five-record catalog that grew exponentially more popular following the band's early '90s demise. The band re-emerged in 2002 in fittingly bizarre fashion - a song-for-song tribute to Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" - and picked up right where they left off with 2004's "New Roman Times."
Split Lip Rayfield started taking shape about the time Bill Clinton was getting situated in the oval office. Neither Eric Mardis, Wayne Gottstine, nor Jeff Eaton figured they'd still be going this many years later, nor did they figure they'd have to persevere through something as difficult as losing their friend and collaborator Kirk Rundstrom to cancer. That tragedy nearly derailed the band, but the trio has been picking up steam and new fans ever since returning to the stage.
The group's fifth studio album "I'll Be Around" is its first collection of new material since 2004's "Should Have Seen It Coming." It's vintage Split Lip: blazing-fast banjo and mandolin licks balanced by high-lonesome ballads and a healthy sense of humor.
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