Reverend Peyton review….March 26, 2017…

REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND

FRONT PORCH SESSIONS

FAMILY OWNED RECORDS/THIRTY TIGERS  FOR001

WE DESERVE A HAPPY ENDING–WHEN MY BABY LEFT ME–SHAKY SHIRLEY–WHAT YO DID TO THE BOY AIN’T RIGHT–ONE BAD SHOE–IT’S ALL NIGHT LONG–ONE MORE THING–FLYING SQUIRRELS–LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE–WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR MONEY–CORNBREAD AND BUTTERBEANS

Reverend Peyton grew up in rural southern Indiana, and always had a love for vintage folk, country, gospel, and blues.  He’s even made pilgrimages to Clarksdale to study with the likes of Robert Belfour, T-Model Ford, and Honeyboy Edwards.  One of his earlier albums even paid tribute to one of his favorite artists, Charlie Patton, with “Peyton On Patton.”

As such, the title of his latest album pretty much says it all.  The “Front Porch Sessions” evoke a feeling of sitting on the Rev’s porch and lettin’ the music flow.  The Big Damn Band are on board, too, albeit in perhaps a lesser capacity than on previous outings.  We still have the Rev’s wife, Washboard Breezy, on the frottoir and backing vocals, and Maxwell Senteney is the drummer, on a suitcase kit.    The set was recorded literally down the road apiece from the Rev’s house, at Bloomington’s Farm Fresh Studio, located in an old church building.

The Reverend brings a strong sense of urgency to these songs, while maintaining a measure of “havin’ a good time,” too.  His booming voice and emotional guitar lines lead the charge, and his original songs are written within the contexts and themes of the old-school masters that he has studied all his life.

Leading off is an upbeat shot of hope and positivity for a nation at the crossroads, “We Deserve A Happy Ending.”  He turns that big voice loose on Furry Lewis’ “When My Baby Left Me, it hurt so bad, it hurt my feet to walk,” then  hits a Hill-country stride with the juke joint stomp of “What You Did To The Boy Ain’t Right.”

Blues borne of hard times are the themes of “One Bad Shoe,” and the somber tale of a family down on their luck, where just “One More Thing, and we lose our house!”  His guitar takes on an almost-pleading tone on this one, as the family struggles to find a measure of comfort.  And, no bluesman worth his salt would sing about Saturday night without offering a nod to Sunday morning, and Reverend Peyton is no different.  Here, he offers a sweet, uplifting read of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Let Your Light Shine.”

The Rev is really proud of the “Front Porch Sessions,” as he should be, and touts it as one of the best things he’s ever done.  He is on an extensive tour for this set, having played a free in-store show at Grimey’s Records in Nashville on March 14.  If you want some real-deal blues from one of the best traditional trios on the planet, catch Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band when they come to your town!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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