Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band move European tour to December '2107-10-2020
Roots-music trio Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band adds a fourth member in Dom Flemons for a high-octane cover of “Shake Your Money Maker.” The musicians convened at Sun Records Studio in Memphis in late 2019 to re-create the Elmore James blues standard, which they had first performed together as a jam at the Blues Music Awards earlier that year:
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band's latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers), a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.
With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there's nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers.
Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton's wildman country blues that's as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White.
There's nothing dusty or sentimental about Peyton's music, though. There's no songs about picking cotton. They aren't a museum piece. The Big Damn Band have taken nearly a century of blues songsmanship and crafted a thing all their own. There is not a single act out there that sounds like this.
The Big Damn Band make friends and fans every place they go — and there are few places they haven't been, having performed in 37 countries. After Poor Until Payday, the only people who won't be on the big damn bandwagon will be people who haven't heard or aren't paying attention.
This is real, from the heart, handmade music made by people, for people who don’t have time for BS.
Unfortunately we had to move the European tour Reverend Peyton Big Damn Band had planned for December to next year. Glad we can announce that today:
01/12: Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje
02/12: Utrecht, NL - dBs
04/12: Arlington, UK - Arlington Arts Centre
05/12: Newcastle, UK - The Cluny 2
06/12: Manchester, UK - Night & Day
07/12: London, UK - Oslo
08/12: Bilston, UK - Robin 2
10/12: Hamburg, DE - Monkeys Music Club
11/12: Lauchhammer, DE - Real Music Club
12/12: Copenhagen, DK - Alice
13/12: Berlin, DE - Privatclub
15/12: Groningen, NL - Vera
16/12: Stuttgart, DE - Trash A Go-Go
18/12: Basel, CH - Blues Festival Basel
19/12: Basel, CH - Blues Festival Basel