What do you get when you put a washboard, a resonator
guitar and a drum kit that includes a five-gallon bucket on stage
together? The answer is Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. However, you
could have answered with, “an almighty ruckus,” “one helluva unique
sound” or “I don’t know and I’m afraid to find out.” Fear not, music
lovers! It’s real, real good.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is more like a big damn
party at one damn tiny family reunion.
There are only three members of
the Big Damn Band and they are all related. Frontman of the group is
Josh “The Reverend” Peyton, who sings in an old, quirky voice. It calls
to mind a picture of the kind of hoedown Mark Twain would have attended
if Mark Twain had attended hoedowns.
He also picks out the melody of the
song on his guitar (usually a resonator) while often using his thumb to
pluck out a bass line on the top strings.
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays Southgate House Saturday. Go here to read Deirdre Kaye's full Sound Advice.