Track Premiere: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band


Ace tune culled from the group’s forthcoming record.

By Blurt Staff

It’s a big damn day when we have some Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band news – they’ve got a new album, So Delicious, out next week (Feb. 17, on Shanachie/Yazoo). It’s the fifth longplayer from the group, which includes the Rev plus Breezy Peyton on washboard/vocals and Ben Bussell on drums/vocals. They make a big damn sound for a three-piece. And we have a big damn track premiere we wanna share with you. It’s for “Hell Naw”:

See how that fulfills “several music food groups” (to quote a great pop philosopher) all at once, courtesy this young band of pre-war-blues-loving hipsters from Southern Indiana (Nashville, Indiana to be exact). The group has always been strong on authenticity, blending blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk-fueled rock. The tunes are plucked from the Big Damn Band’s 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 roots music.

The Reverend himself comments on the tune premiered here, explaining that it “was inspired by losing my phone to the sea while on tour.  Suddenly I am completely disconnected from the outside world, band business, home, everything.  Having to spend all the coin replacing it wasn’t making me feel very good about it either, but sitting out on a balcony with a giant moon and stars staring back at me, I started thinking about the phone, times we have had on the road, and how silly our lives have become being so glued to these “I-things.”  I was making myself smile thinking about it all, but mostly I felt lucky to be there with the ocean and that beautiful sky.”

Adds Breezy, “I think Hell Naw has my favorite lyrics on the entire record.  There are some great lines.”

On the web: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

In-store Dates:

Sun., Feb. 15 BLOOMINGTON, IN  Landlocked Music
Tue., Feb. 17  INDIANAPOLIS, IN  Indy CD & Vinyl
Thu., Feb. 19  TOLEDO, OH  Culture Clash Records
Fri., Feb. 20  CINCINATTI, OH  Shake It Records
Sat., Feb. 21  NASHVILLE, TN  Grimeys
Sun., Feb. 22  ST. LOUIS MO  Vintage Vinyl

 Tour Dates:

Wed., Feb. 25  CHICAGO, IL  Reggie’s Rock Club
Thu., Feb. 26  FLINT, MI  Machine Shop
Fri., Feb. 27  FERNDALE, MI  Magic Bag+
Sat., Feb. 28  DAYTON, OH  Oddbody’s
Sun., March 1 TOLEDO, OH  Frankie’s Toledo
Wed., March 4  SPRINGFIELD, IL  Donnie’s Homespun
Thu., March 5  MADISON, WI – Frequency+
Fri., March 6  ST. PAUL, MN  Turf Club
Sat., March 7  DES MOINES, IA  Gas Lamp
Tue., March 10  JACKSONVILLE FL  Jack Rabbit
Thu., March 11  ORLANDO, FL  Will’s Pub
Fri., March 13  DELRAY BEACH, FL  Vintage Tap
Sat., March 14  BRADENTON, FL  Ace’s
Sun., March 15 TAMPA, FL  State Theater
Tue.-Fri., March 17-20  AUSTIN, TX SXSW
Sat., March 21  DALLAS, TX  Gas Monkey
Tue., March 24  ALBUQUERQUE, NM  Low Spirits
Wed., March 25  FLAGSTAFF, AZ  Orpheum
Thu., March 26  PHOENIX, AZ  Crescent
Fri., March 27  SAN DIEGO, CA  Merrow
Sat., March 28  LOS ANGELES, CA  The Mint
Sun., March 29  LAS VEGAS, NV  Beauty Bar
Wed., April 1  SALT LAKE CITY, UT  Urban Lounge
Fri., April 3  DENVER, CO  Bluebird Theater
Sat., April 4  FORT COLLINS, CO  Hodi’s
Sun., April 5  LINCOLN, NE  Bourbon Theater
Tue., April 7  KANSAS CITY, MO  Knuckleheads
Wed., April 8  ST. LOUIS, MO  Plush
Thu., April 9  FAYETTEVILLE, AR  George’s Majestic Lounge
Sat., April 11  CLARKSDALE, MS  Juke Joint Festival
Sat., April 18  INDIANAPOLIS, IN Butler Arts Fest
Wed., April 22  COLUMBUS, OH  Woodlands Tavern
Thu., April 23  CLEVELAND, OH  Grog Shop
Tue., April 28  LEXINGTON KY  Cosmic Charlie’s
Wed., April 29  ASHEVILLE, NC  Grey Eagle
Thu., April 30  ATLANTA, GA  The Earl
Fri., May 1  CHAPEL HILL, NC  Local 506
Sat., May 2  WASHINGTON DC  The Hamilton
Tue., May 5  ANNAPOLIS, MD  Ram’s Head Live
Wed., May 6  HARRISBURG PA  Appalachian Brewing Co
Thu., May 7  NEW YORK, NY  Mercury Lounge
Fri., May 8  BOSTON, MA  Thunder Road


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