Reverend Horton Heat w/ James Tutson & The Rollback
Live at Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon 10-22-21
Iowa City, Iowa
By Phillip Smith; Oct. 24, 2021
It was great to get out Friday evening for a much-needed dose of live music at Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon in Iowa City, Iowa. First up was James Tutson along with two members of his Rollback band (drummer Dr. Tyler Carrington and keyboardist/bassist Erik Lehmann) showcasing their unique blend of soul and R&B. Tutson’s powerfully soulful vocals sounded fabulous paired with his guitar. It’s not too often one hears the opening act encouraged by the audience for an encore, but it certainly happened this evening. For the main event, Jim Heath aka Reverend Horton Heat, along with bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Jonathan Jeter (the Revelators) blessed the crowd with a mix of RHH favorites, deep cuts, and covers which included Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”, and Elvis’ “Viva Las Vegas”. Although this was my fourth time to see the good Rev, it’s hard to believe it has been about twenty-two years since I last saw him. He definitely still delivers one hell of a performance.
* All photos by Phillip Smith