Is there anything more American than guns and rock ‘n’ roll? Well, how about a guitar crafted from a shotgun? If you beg to differ, you’ll have to take that up with the outdoorsman-cum-musician Reverend Peyton, who turned heads and racked up views on YouTube with just such a creation (see for yourself), and has delighted audiences for years with his raw and real brand of rootsy country blues.
For his latest project,The Front Porch Sessions, due out March 10th through Thirty Tigers, Peyton is taking a stripped down approach to a handful of originals and classics from the blues songbook. Washboard player Breezy Peyton and drummer Maxwell Senteney, who round out Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, add their chops to the record, but leave the Rev to steal the spotlight, breathing new life into a very old musical tradition.
Today, Elmore is premiering “When My Baby Left Me,” a track from Sessions. Peyton says of the track, “I have always wanted to try my hand at this tune. I think it may be the most perfect blues song ever written.” He revitalizes the track for a new generation of listeners, but keeps the ferocity and passion burning with his timeless, aching baritone, which is underscored by the eerie warble of his slide guitar. “I wanted it to feel like you’re on my front porch,” Peyton says of his upcoming release. “You can almost hear the wood creaking.”