Country-blues gets real
If – hopefully in the very distant future – The Reverend Peyton Big Damn Band decide to call it a day, and all of their albums get collected into some kind of sumptuous box-set, then one of the extras should be a wooden front porch that you can assemble yourself to sit on while listening to their music. Because that is surely where it was designed to be heard, perhaps when twilight just hits.
They are led by the ever-charismatic Reverend Peyton, who is widely considered to be one of the premier finger-picker playing guitarists on the gig circuit today. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blue styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under blues masters such as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
Like The White Stripes and The Black Keys, this energised band is able to translate the spirit of those seminal masters into the 21stcentury to an eclectic and rabid fan base. American Blues Scene recently had him on their cover and declared: “Like the Rolling Stones in the 60s, Reverend Peyton is bringing young music fans back to the blues.”The band’s new album, Poor Until Payday, is released in October, with the trio, as ever using vintage recording techniques and vintage gear to create a sound that is minimal to the point of sounding monumental and is a bluesy ode to the blue collar, working class. Needless to say, in the live arena they are something to behold, so don’t pass up the chance to catch them when they visit Newcastle.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Sunday 19 August, The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 7pm, £14. thecluny.com