Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band review….November 3, 2018….

REV. PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND

POOR UNTIL PAYDAY

THIRTY TIGERS RECORDS

YOU CAN’T STEAL MY SHINE–DIRTY SWERVE–POOR UNTIL PAYDAY–SO GOOD–CHURCH CLOTHES–GET THE FAMILY TOGETHER–ME AND THE DEVIL–FRENCHMEN STREET–I SUFFER, I GET TOUGHER–IT IS OR IT AIN’T

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band proudly proclaim in the liner notes of their latest album, “Poor Until Payday,” that they had more fun making this one than any of their previous ones.  Fans, it really shows thru in the performances.  The Rev’s big, powerful vocals, coupled with his wife, Breezy Washboard Peyton, and drummer Maxwell Senteney, bust out a powerful message that is equal parts Saturday night fish fry and Sunday go-to-meetin.’

The fun starts with an example of the latter, as Rev’s scalded-dog guitar leads the way on the gospel-inflected, “You Can’t Steal My Shine.”  A bit later, he revisits that theme in a poignant tribute to those who can barely eke out a daily existence on “I’m gonna need some Church Clothes and some dress shoes,” when tragedy strikes and they are called Home.  That hardscrabble, day-to-day battle is an underlying theme for much of this set.  The title cut could have two interpretations.  First, the Rev.  is positively shouting something that ’bout 99% of us can relate, “I’m Poor Until Payday,” but it also conjures up thoughts of being poor on Earth until one gets their final reward in the hereafter.  Either way, his slide is Elmore James reincarnated as he blasts out this message.

He wants us to have some fun while we’re still here, too.  The Rev. preaches core family values accentuated with some cool fingerpicking on “Get The Family Together,” and Maxwell second-lines us all the way down to “Frenchmen Street, where all the cool kids meet!”

Our favorite had a brooding, Crossroads-ish vibe.  Seems that “Me And The Devil” are in search of some poor soul, and, “if I get you first, it will be worse,” with that hell-hound slide spittin’ brimstone all the way thru!

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band are perennial favorites here in Middle Tennessee from their in-store performances at Grimey’s Records.  Fact is, they just helped christen Grimey’s new digs down on Trinity Lane a few weeks ago.  The Rev.  wants to be remembered as a bluesman, first and foremost.  With one spin of ” Poor Until Payday,” there’s no doubt he can’t be anything but!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow,  The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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