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Reverend Organdrum: Hellfire Hammond

Reverend Organdrum

“Moving those things is the hard part,” laughs guitarist Jim Heath, better known as the Reverend Horton Heat. He’s referring to his latest love, the Hammond B3 organ, and he follows a long line of roots guitarists including Jimmie Vaughan and the late Danny Gatton who’ve fallen head over heels for the hulking bastion of boogaloo. “[The Hammond’s] got soul. It’s got soul. It’s just got soul,” he repeats. “It can sound like you’re in church one minute and you’re in the lowest dive bar ever the next.”

Heath, whose day job is to raise hell with a long-running psychobilly threesome billed under his stage name, recently released a different kind of trio record with a guitar-organ-drums band dubbed Reverend Organdrum.

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