Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Elmore Magazine
Artist: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Album: Dance songs for hard times
Label: Thirty Tigers
Release date: 4.9.21
Money is tight for Reverend Peyton’s mighty Big Damn Band on Dance Songs for Hard Times, the electrifying new electric blues energizing album from the tough, fingerstyle guitar dynamo and his friends. Informed by fears for the health of the family, pandemic depression and financial calamity linked to COVID, the energetic madness of the burning trio sympathizes with the poor and the destitute, as the stubborn and stubborn insistence of contagious hay “Ways and Means ‘dreams big but doesn’t lament having a dime to his name, while the gritty and backstory ballad “Dirty Hustlin’” accepts the cold reality of coming back to making money by any means necessary. The wolves are at the door with eviction notices in their mouths.
Stuffed in jeans or dungarees and tight tank tops, flanked by washboard-playing wife Breezy and power drummer Sad Max Senteney, Peyton refuses to sit while waiting for the repo to arrive. With his precious 1954 Supro Dual Tone electric guitar in his hands, instead of a shotgun, Peyton happily plugs in and lets the disputed riffs fly, eyes rolling back into his head as he triggers the call and the call. answer, psychobilly free-for-all “Rattle Can” and the beat, ridiculously contagious “I’ll get you”. Raising his arms to the sky, seeking absolution from terrible trials and tribulations, Peyton pleads for divine intervention during the savage “Come Down Angels” evangelical frenzy, his exuberant hand strokes and his greased sliding guitar caught in a struggle of faith. , devotion and despair. His prayers may or may not be answered.
Four-time Grammy-winning producer Vance Powell who has taken Chris Stapleton and Jack White to new heights, believes in Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, encouraging Peyton’s use of vintage equipment and stoking their euphoria that affirms life, which they needed more than ever. Lively and powerful, digging deep into some of the meanest, most unstoppable grooves the country-blues genre has ever seen, Dance Songs for Hard Times ranges from spirited 1950s rockabilly swing to upbeat ‘Too Cool to Dance’ to the grind grind of “Sad Songs” and the rough “Crime to Be Poor” without skipping a beat. Vocally, Peyton is in good shape, boldly and daringly crowning relevant lyrics with raw strength and unbridled enthusiasm on a louder, more amplified version of the trio’s familiar sound, which burns a little louder this time around.