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89.7 WNKU Welcomes Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Jimbo Mathus / Alvin Youngblood Hart

  • Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band


    The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has been creating a whirlwind with their riveting and unconventional elixir of muscular and high voltage country blues capped by gritty growling vocals and striking finger picking. Inspired by the likes of Charley Patton, Furry Lewis and John Hurt, Reverend Peyton is steeped in the great blues tradition but is catapulting its roots into a new era. Living Blues Magazine declares, “The tent revival, almost punk energy of the Big Damn Band is a refreshing splash of coldwater to the face,” while Elmore Magazine raves “You can’t ignore Big Damn Band’s gospel.” February 2015, Shanachie Entertainment will release The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s highly anticipated new CD. The release of this album marks the first time that a contemporary artist has been released on Yazoo. Shanachie Entertainment General Manager Randall Grass shares, “We are excited to sign Reverend Peyton, an artist whose appreciation of the many great blues artists released on our historic Yazoo label has ledhim--like The White Stripes and The Black Keys--to translate the spirit of those seminal masters into a 21st century incarnation of elemental blues."

    Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band have distinguished themselves for their tireless work ethic and high-octane live performances. Their sheer energy, virtuoso musicianship and witty songwriting have allowed the road warriors to play close to 250 dates a year and become favorites on the festival circuit.  The strikingly magnetic trio features the Reverend along with his wife Breezy’s energized washboard playing and soulful vocals and dynamic drummer Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell. "The Yazoo Record label was always my favorite label growing up, and am so proud to be a part of the roster,” shares Reverend Peyton. “We now share a label with so many of our heroes. I can't wait for our fans and the rest of the world to hear this record. The foundation is built on the legacy of American Rural Blues, but we endeavor to take this music to places beyond the museum and the nostalgic. This is timeless music for listeners now that owes as much to The Band, ZZ Top, and CCR as it does to Charley Patton."

    Reverend Peyton’s father, a blues fan, bought him a red Kay state of the Art model guitar and later a Gorilla amplifier once he learned to play. It was not long before the Rev was exploring the music of BB King, Muddy Waters, Bukka White and Charley Patton.  In high school, following a performance at his graduation party, The Rev, experienced excruciating pain in his hands. Doctors later informed him that he would never be able to hold his left hand in fretting position again. During the year when he was unable to play, he spent countless hours dreaming of playing again. He eventually underwent hand surgery that required removing a mass of scar tissue that led to new flexibility and greater control. It was during this recovery time that Rev. Peyton met Breezy. Their first date was at the Indiana State Fair, where Peyton won a stuffed animal they named the "Big Damn Bear,” and the rest as they say is history.

    In February 2015, Yazoo Records will release The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s highly anticipated new  CD, So DeliciousTheir previous releases include: Big Damn Nation (2006) The Gospel Album (2007), The Whole Fam Damnily (2008), The Wages (2010), Peyton on Patton (2011) and  Between the Ditches (2012), which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Blues Charts. This will be their first release with Yazoo Records. In 2010 they were on the entire Van’s Warped Tour on the Alternative Press stage and they received the “Best Band of Warped Tour” award, voted by the crew, bands, and promoters. They’ve also played the following festivals; Glastonbury, Austin City Limits, Bonaroo, High Sierra, Warped Tour, Vancouver Folk Fest, King Biscuit Blues Fest, Riot Fest, WOMAD, Cornbury, Edinburgh Jazz Fest, Cambridge Folk Fest, Waterfront Blues Fest, Telluride, DelFest and All Good just to name a few. With the release of their new record in February, 2015 The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is poised to reach the masses with their insatiable fusion of Delta blues, hillbilly fervor, rock infused edge and poignant story telling.

  • Jimbo Mathus

  • Alvin Youngblood Hart

8:30 P.M. / doors open 7:30 P.M. Buy Tickets
  • Advance: $17.00
  • Day of Show: $20.00

Show Description

This amazing tour delivers three of the most exciting roots/blues artists performing today.  Critically acclaimed, award winning and chart topping these three acts all deliver the hardcore blues fan as well as the young blues fan as a result of cutting their teeth playing blues/rock to a new generation of blues fans in indie rock bars.  Together they are the: The Big Damn Blues Revolution!

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band is on the road 250 dates a year and they are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home.  Their new album Between The Ditches is a chronicle of this lifestyle. With a reputation for their incendiary live shows well established, The Big Damn Band set out to make the album that would finally capture the same heat…and they’ve done just that.  Produced by Reverend Peyton and Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop), and mastered by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Dr. John, Shins) Between The Ditches sets the standard for the genre and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Blues Chart and #2 on the Billboard Blues Chart.


The late legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus “the singing voice of Huck Finn.”  Outside the South, Mathus is widely known as the ringleader of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers.  In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone Southern music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture.  Jimbo Mathus remains a rising-star powerhouse that feeds the soul. His latest band, The Tri-State Coalition, features solid talent cut from the same Delta cloth.  Mathus describes Tri-State’s sound as “...a true Southern amalgam of blues, white country, soul and rock-n-roll.  His new album, White Buffalo, has just been released on Fat Possum Records.

Alvin Youngblood Hart is a Grammy Award-winning bluesman who in 1996 made a powerful  debut  record, Big Mama's Door, playing slide and standard guitars and banjo on a mixture of old-school and new-grown blues.  In 2003, Hart's album Down in the Alley was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.  In 2005, Hart received a Grammy Award for his contribution to Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster.  Hart was featured in the 2003 Wim Wenders film The Soul of a Man, which was featured in Martin Scorsese's film series The Blues. Hart was also featured in the documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes.


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