The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band bridges genres and eras with an intensity and effortlessness few contemporary artists possess. And their new album 'So Delicious' elevates the trio's work to a new level. Produced by Rev. Peyton, 'So Delicious' offers the band's most diverse collection of songs buoyed by the Rev.'s supercharged six-string virtuosity a unique style of fingerpicking inspired by his Delta blues heroes, but taken to new, original heights.
The fifth full-length original album by the group which includes Breezy Peyton on washboard and supporting vocals and Ben Bussell on drums and supporting vocals is their debut on Yazoo Records, a label known for the historic reissues of blues and other old time American music that are the bedrock inspiration for the Rev.'s sound and approach.
Yazoo was my favorite record label growing up, he explains. For fans of old country blues and all manner of early American music, they are the quintessential label. And for me, it's like being on the same label as Charley Patton and 'Mississippi' John Hurt. To think that Yazoo believes we are authentic enough to stand with the other people in their catalog means a lot.
The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band has always been strong on authenticity, playing music that blends blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk fueled rock. And performing tunes plucked from their lives, their community or from the canonical songbook that fed the Rev. Peyton's formative creative identity. It's a mix that's allowed the band to win fans from all corners of the Americana and rock worlds, and bring a new generation to blues and other forms of American roots music.
Some listeners also have a hard time believing all of the Rev.'s extraordinary guitar performances are recorded live with no overdubs until they see the Big Damn Band in concert. Pot Roast & Kisses is a radiant example of his nimble style; weaving two melodies, thumb plucked bass lines and bright decorative filigrees into a graceful, upbeat blend. The rocking electric juggernaut Let's Jump a Train is another. The song's lyrics explore the notion of courageously pursuing adventure a frequent theme in the lives and the songs of the Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band while the Rev. bangs out a machine-gun rhythm with his thumb, ladles in generously sinuous licks and tosses off seemingly effortless fills and accents, then solos and plays the beat simultaneously.
When people hear 'So Delicious' and see us play live, I think they understand that what we're singing about is real to us, the Rev. says. We believe in the stories we're telling and in the way we play. And when we're on stage or off, there's nothing fake about us. We are what we do, and I'm proud of that.