The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Western Noise Entertainment presents

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Fri, June 16, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 18 and over

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band bridges genres and eras with an intensity and
effortlessness few contemporary artists possess. And their latest album So Delicious
elevates the trio’s work to a new level. Produced by Rev. Peyton, So Delicious, offers
the band’s most diverse collection of songs buoyed by the Rev.’s supercharged sixstring
virtuosity — a unique style of fingerpicking inspired by his Delta blues heroes,
but taken to new, original heights.
The fifth full-length original album by the group is their debut on Yazoo Records, a
label known for the historic reissues of blues and other old time American music that
are the bedrock inspiration for the Rev.’s sound and approach.
“Yazoo was my favorite record label growing up,” he explains. “For fans of old
country blues and all manner of early American music, they are the quintessential
label. And for me, it’s like being on the same label as Charley Patton and ‘Mississippi’
John Hurt. To think that Yazoo believes we are authentic enough to stand with the
other people in their catalog means a lot.”
The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band has always been strong on authenticity, playing
music that blends blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles with the
sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk fueled rock. And performing
tunes plucked from their lives, their community or from the canonical songbook that
fed the Rev. Peyton’s formative creative identity. It’s a mix that’s allowed the band
to win fans from all corners of the Americana and rock worlds, and bring a new
generation to blues and other forms of American roots music. Led by Reverend
Peyton the band also features his wife Breezy Peyton on washboard and Max
Senteney on drums.
So Delicious is a perfect Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band album, with songs that speak
from the heart and capture the trio — whose sound has been honed over 250 annual
tour dates during the last eight years — playing at their peak. The charging,
anthemic “Raise a Little Hell,” also the set’s first video, lays out the band’s live
modus operandi, thriving on a chugging beat and the Rev.’s resonator guitar riffs
and mantra-like singing. The song was inspired by a show at a folk festival, where
one of the promoters — struck by the Big Damn Band’s raucous, juke joint power —
told the Rev., “Y’all sure raise a lot of hell.”
“I said, ‘Naw we don’t,’ “ the Rev. recalls. “And then I thought, ‘Well, maybe we do
raise a little hell.’”
The sweet, joyful “Pot Roast & Kisses,” which the band has also committed to video,
was written for Breezy. The Rev. was developing the finger-busting main riff after
enjoying one of her pot roast dinners when the lyrics naturally fell into place. “Some
people don’t believe that we really live the way we sing about in our songs,” he
explains,” but it’s true. Breezy and me are together and really love each other. We
try to keep things simple, like people have in Brown County, Indiana for a long time.
And we really do live in the woods and forage for some of our food — like I sing
about in ‘Pickin’ Paw Paws’ on this album.”
Some listeners also have a hard time believing all of the Rev.’s extraordinary guitar
performances are recorded live with no overdubs — until they see the Big Damn
Band in concert. “Pot Roast & Kisses” is a radiant example of his nimble style,
weaving two melodies, thumb plucked bass lines and bright decorative filigrees into a
graceful, upbeat blend. The rocking electric juggernaut “Let’s Jump a Train” is
another. The song’s lyrics explore the notion of courageously pursuing adventure —a
frequent theme in the lives and the songs of the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band —
while the Rev. bangs out a machine-gun rhythm with his thumb, ladles in generously
sinuous licks and tosses off seemingly effortless fills and accents, then solos and
plays the beat simultaneously.
“I’ve been obsessed with the idea of taking fingerstyle guitar to a place it’s never
been before,” the Rev. says. And he’s gotten there by blending the foundational
playing of great country bluesmen like Charley Patton and John Hurt with the earlyrock
vigor of Chuck Berry and the licks played by old timey fiddle players who
recorded in the 1920s and ’30s. In fact, that school of fiddle — enshrined in Yazoo’s
catalog — is often reflected in the Rev.’s slide playing, which adds to the uniqueness
of his virtuosity.
As producer, the Rev. adopted a strategy that let the Big Damn Band’s strengths
shine on So Delicious. The drums were pared down to the essentials to showcase the
Rev.’s guitar and ebullient singing, and to allow the beefy melodies on the 11 songs
to flex their muscles. Plus the Big Damn Band helps deliver their strongest harmony
singing, with Breezy in particular elevating numbers like the workingman’s ode “Dirt”
with her soaring voice.
The Rev’s fascination with country blues began at the age of 12, when he started
dipping into his father’s album collection and his dad brought a beaten Kay guitar
into the Peytons’ Indiana home. In addition to mirroring the guitar playing he heard
on recordings of early blues artists like Robert Johnson and Patton (to whom the
Rev. paid tribute with 2011’s solo acoustic Peyton on Patton), he also started
assimilating more modern recordings from Muddy Waters’ Chess Records catalog and
blues-rock players like Johnny Winter. Those recordings often featured multiple
guitar players and overdubs, but Peyton blended all the six-string lines he heard into
one fluid part. “That forced me to start thinking outside the box right from the start,”
he notes.
At one point the Rev. briefly walked away from guitar, when cysts plagued the
tendons in his hands, inhibiting his ability to play. Shortly after a surgeon removed
them, he met Breezy and the couple’s whirlwind romance and shared love of music
inspired him to pursue his potential. Breezy took up the washboard, and by 2006 the
members of the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band had sold their possessions, taken to
the road and distributed their demo recordings, The Pork ’n’ Beans Collection and the
Voodoo Cock EP, followed by the release of their initial albums Big Damn Nation and
The Gospel Album.
With 2009’s The Whole Fam Damily — and hundreds of thousands of touring miles in
the U.S. and abroad under their belts — the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band was
hitting stride, but the Rev. considers 2010’s The Wages, which entered the Billboard
blues chart at number two and featured the buoyant airplay and YouTube winner
“Clap Your Hands,” his breakthrough as a songwriter. “That album came at a point when I decided I really wanted to work on myself as a writer and as a guitarist,
because it was the great stories in the songs of my country blues heroes and their
playing that brought me here in the first place,” he avows. “If I wanted to follow in
their footsteps, I had to step up.”
By the time the Rev. recorded Peyton on Patton in four hours with a single
microphone, the band had received the “Best Band of the Warped Tour” award and
has since performed at the famed Austin City Limits, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo,
WOMAD, ParkPop, All Good, King Biscuit, High Sierra, Telluride, Delfest, Juke Joint
and Riot festivals, among many other prestigious gigs.
Between the Ditches, which debuted at number one on the iTunes blues chart and
landed on Billboard’s pop albums chart in 2012, continued that momentum, bringing
the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band to an even larger, demographic-leaping audience
thanks to the powerhouse songs “Devils Look Like Angels” and “Something for
Nothing,” which were video and radio hits. And now So Delicious is a hit - it debuted
at number one the iTunes Blues Chart, number three on the Billboard Blues Album
Chart, number three on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, number five on the
Billboard Tastemaker Albums Chart, number twenty two on Billboard's Independent
Albums Chart and was the AIMS top selling debut on street date and the AIMS top
seller release week.
“When people hear our records and see us play live, I think they understand that
what we’re singing about is real to us,” the Rev. says. “We believe in the stories
we’re telling and in the way we play. And when we’re on stage or off, there’s nothing
fake about us. We are what we do, and I’m proud of that.”
Venue Information:
Oddbody's
5418 Burkhardt Rd.
Dayton, OH, 45431
http://www.oddbodys.com