Review: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Worthenbury – 22 Oct 2010
Posted on: Friday, Nov 12, 2010
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Goin’ Up the Country Blues Club,Worthenbury, nr Wrexham 22nd October
The Big Damn Band from the hills of south Indiana rolled into Worthenbury as part of a big European tour which included 7 UK dates. Comprising the Reverend J Peyton on guitar and vocals, his wife Breezy on washboard and vocals and cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger on drums and upturned plastic bucket, the band are often described as wild, wacky and slightly crazy but also quite unique.
The gig had sold out weeks before and the little venue was packed to the rafters as the band set opened with My Soul To Keep, a fast, loud foot tapper which set the pace for the one long set.
The band make no bones about their love of local country produce (they filled up their van from our local farm shop!) but always enjoy their down home cooking which was therefore the introduction to the next track Mama’s Fried Potatoes.
All the songs are self penned by the Reverend and deal with many of today’s life issues and Everything’s Raisin’ (but the wages) was a good example before leading into the their superb foot stompin’, everybody participating, Clap Your Hands. (There is a superb Youtube of this track which fully captures the atmosphere of a Rev Peyton gig)
The Reverend apart from playing slide guitar on most of the tracks also demonstrated his superb finger picking skills on a fun track called Guitar Stuff when he played one tune on the bass strings and another on the remainder of the strings – great entertainment.
Other highlights from the 17 tracks included the lovely Miss Sarah, dedicated to the Miss Sarah of Sarah’s Lounge, the great little juke joint/café in Clarksdale who sadly recently died in a car crash and final track Corn Bred, Corn Fed which tells of their love for their rural backwoods home. Both tracks came off their new cd The Wages.
By now, the Worthenbury audience, usually well behaved and reserved, were up on their feet clapping and hollerin’ along with the band and this continued through their wild trademark encore Two Bottles of Wine after which another encore was demanded and delivered, the gospel song Lay My Body Down.
This was certainly one night that will be remembered for a long time. Great entertainment from a great fun band and nicer people it would be hard to meet.
They hope to return next year for a longer UK tour and if so, I strongly recommend you either book or at least go and see the band – you’ll not be disappointed.
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