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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – So Delicious

Artist:     The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Album:     So Delicious

Label:     Shanachie/Yazoo

Release Date:     02/17/2015

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Hell has officially been raised by this damn ‘big’ band and, judging by the state of things, it is not going to settle down quickly or easily.This band is lead by The Reverend on his 6 string and includes Breezy Peyton on washboard, percussion, and supporting vocals, and Ben Bussell on drums, percussion, buckets, and supporting vocals; the trio are joined by other miscreants at times. The music is based on old-time blues, jug band, folk, and ragtime, fueled by their punk energy, and fits perfectly on the Shanachie/Yazoo label, which was known for traditional ‘music mixes.’ This band’s tour schedule would leave many far younger bands with hands on knees gasping for air because every show is an amazing blast of maniacal magical energy with absolutely nothing held back.

The songs are all written and produced by The Reverend Peyton and are always played with that crazy energy that this band possesses. They go from being “adorable and carbonated” on “Pot Roast and Kisses,” to some very emotional slide resonator guitar on “You’re Not Rich,” to outright hell-bent for leather crazy on “Run For Your Life.” This is one of those discs which doesn’t truly let you pause at any time for a breath of air, fresh or otherwise.

If you are a fan of country, blues and people such as Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, this is definitely a disc for you. The thousands of touring miles have made them an exceptionally tight–though maybe slightly warped–family. One warning, though: if you are going to go and see them: take a nap before you go and be prepared to sweat.

– Bob Gottlieb

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