Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (from the album Front Porch Sessions)
Reverend Peyton preaches his Country Blues from a acoustic pulpit as he bare bones the Blues for The Front Porch Sessions with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The album continues the Reverend’s love for hand-made American music. The rustic Blues of Front Porch Sessions mirrors the rural upbringing of Reverend Peyton while echoing the traditions set in place by Blues icons such as Bukka White, Charlie Patton, and Blind Willie Johnson. The recording bridges the distance between the first telling of the Blues and modern times with a version of Furry Lewis’ tune “When My Baby Left Me”. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band back “What You Did to That Boy Ain’t Right” with guitar and bass, seek salvation in the sound of “Let Your Light Shine” while they proclaim “We Deserve a Happy Ending” on the rattle of percussion.
A devotion to his music has taken Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band on pilgrimages from their southern Indiana home base to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study their trade with Blues masters such as David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, T-Model Ford, and Robert Belfour. Reverend Peyton slides on guitar strings as he steps into “One Bad Shoe”, and confesses his love of home on the rhythmic patter of “Cornbread and Butterbeans”. Front Porch Sessions counts down to disaster of the family homestead with “One More Thing”, introduces “Shakey Shirley” on the pop of finger snaps, and chases “Flying Squirrels” on runaway riffs. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band pour out their love of the Blues and show their dedication to the good feeling that the music can bring as they cast an instrumental spell with “It’s All Night Long” as Front Porch Sessions revisits the story of Stagger Lee with its take on the tale in “When You Lose Your Money”.