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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

While they're only a trio, the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band deliver a sound that lives up to their name, with thick, bass-heavy, blues-based guitar figures and growling vocals accompanied by muscular but minimal drumming and the metallic percussive scratch of a washboard (making them one of the first rock bands to regularly feature the latter instrument since Black Oak Arkansas). The group was formed by guitarist and singer Josh "Reverend" Peyton, who was born and raised in Indiana, and first exposed to music through his father's record collection, which was heavy on Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, all artists with their own take on the blues. When Josh was 12 years old, his dad gave him a Kay guitar, and once he grew to know his way around the instrument, he got an amp to go along with it. With his brother Jayme Peyton on drums and a mutual friend on bass, Josh formed his first band, Drive-Thru, and began playing parties and dances as Josh developed a greater passion for vintage blues, ranging from electric blues icons like Muddy Waters and B.B. King to country-blues artists such as Bukka White and Charley Patton. Not long after finishing high school, Josh broke up Drive-Thru after developing a severe case of tendonitis that made it extremely painful for him to play the guitar. However, after a year working as a hotel desk clerk, doctors at the Indiana Hand Center were able to perform surgery that allowed him to play the guitar again, and around the same time, he met a woman named Breezy, who shared his love of the blues. The two fell in love and eventually married; they decided to form a band, with Josh on guitar and vocals, and Breezy on vocals and washboard. Jayme Peyton rounded out the group on drums, and the Big Damn Band was born. The group hit the road hard -- they play up to 250 dates a year -- and in 2004 cut their first album, The Pork n' Beans Collection, which they self-released, selling thousands of copies at the merch table at their shows. After two more self-released albums (2006's Big Damn Nation and 2007's The Gospel Album), Peyton's Big Damn Band struck a deal with Side One Dummy, a punk label with a fondness for aggressive roots music, and 2008's The Whole Fam Damily was their first release for the label. In late 2009, Jayme Peyton left the Big Damn Band, and Aaron "Cuz" Persinger took over the group's makeshift drum kit (complete with a modified bucket). Two more albums for Side One Dummy followed (2011's Peyton on Patton, with the group covering the songs of blues legend Charley Patton, and 2012's Between the Ditches) before Persinger left the Big Damn Band and Ben "Bird Dog" Bussell signed on as drummer in 2013. In 2014, the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band signed a new record deal with the relaunched blues label Yazoo Records; their first release for the company, So Delicious, dropped in January 2015. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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nutcluster
Caught these fine musicians in WV this summer.
AWESOME.
High energy show and lots of fun to watch/listen to.
Hope to see them again some day.
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Saw them at the Vogue in Indianapolis this weekend. What a treat!
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dlonewfiegrl 7 2
Unbelievable sound - awesome energy - spectacular performances !
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played a show with these guys a few months ago. I love the sound as much as the reverends' fantastic beard.
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I've seen them live about a dozen times in 3 different states. Go. See. This. Band!
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Hope y'all can make it back to Buttermilk Jamboree! Ya shook the berries off the trees!!
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I've known Breezy since she was in kindergarten . I love them and their awesome, fun, and thought provoking sound.
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svoi23
I met these guys so nice I know them well
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i catch these guys everytime the come to cincinnati. and @ paddlefest.. . what a great uplifting band!!! #footstompin g o o d t i m e . until next time...
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Saw 'em last weekend in Austin, TX - for the FOURTH time. Never gets old. If you haven't heard him live, you're missing out on on of the most amazing guitarists of our time. The albums are great, but nothing compares to seeing him live!
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mikenelson93 5 4
Saw them at Club Elbony in Indianola Mississippi ! :->
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millafrid93
This is me and my mama's good listening band :)
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kenschule
Rick I too saw the big damn band at FTS sturgis, never heard of them prior to that show, agree it was the best one.
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Saw the Big Damn Band at the Full Throttle Saloon during the Sturgis Rally last August. They were by far and away the most entertaining and hottest band of the rally.
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The Rev, Breezy, and Cuz rule! I have seen them three times and they rocked my face off!
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LOVE THEM!!
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This band. SO. FUN.
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Saw em' live a couple months ago... hands down, one of the top five shows I've ever been to!
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squivel123
This band is SOOOO much fun to listen to!
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I cant wait to see them open for the rev horton heat
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Rang in the New Year with Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band.
Best. New Year's. EVER.
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Caught the act in Dayton, Ohio last week. I was sick that night, and almost didn't go. Boy! Am I ever glad I toughed it out! I would have been up hopping around on the dance floor if I hadn't felt like I'd been in a wreck that night. Looking forward to catching them again when I can go crazy!
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They need to come visit Colorado more often
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Good friends of mine and outstanding performers
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pweber140
I agree with those who say they are awesome in person! The only other band I have ever seen that gets a crowd going the same way was The Legendary Shackshakers before Joe Buck left them.
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pumpkinking8 2
I got to hear some songs from their new album and it is going to be awesome. I liked the track "My brother stole a chicken from the Fort Wayne Zoo" the best.
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waterwampa
Saw them with Flogging Molly - had the crowd going crazy!
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They have a song called, "Don't keep me well" The first time I heard it I thought it said, "don't pee in well"

I so wish I could see these guys live, they are amazing. =)
I am not really a fan of the genre they are in, but I love them, and will be telling others about them. I will also be expanding my knowledge about other artist in this genre. (i want to learn how to play the spoons)
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Gospel Album 2007 blew me away. Don't see it here (or others)in discography
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sandillajoan
Never hear of the Rev et al. LOVE what i'm hearing!!
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much love Josh, Jaime and Breezy, killer to see your delta-asses here on Pandora. Many blessings from the mountains.

-Carroll
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What a great band to see live!! Even if you don't like blue-grass, the Reverend will change your mind!! He's a great guitarist with a wonderful drummer! And Breezy plays a hell of a washboard! If you get an opportunity to see them live you'll love it!!
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The good Reverend plays like a DEMON at live shows.His voice is so mighty I'm shocked he even bothers with a microphone.T h e songs are solid and the only negative thing I can possibly say is that the amount of different lyrics per song is small.Howeve r , the band is still in the top 20 in my mental rankings and I urge anyone to check em out!

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