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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Crescent Ballroom - Sunday, November 3
In the year since Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band released Between the Ditches, the eclectic blues trio from Brown County, Indiana is finally getting its due, with NPR features, late night TV appearances, and numerous magazine accolades. Well, it's about time. Between the Ditches is the group's eighth release, and given the quirky nature of the songs and the rousing variety of blues styles on display--lowdown acoustic blues, back-porch Appalachian shanties, revved up hillbilly shakedowns and fuzzy North Mississippi hill country throwdowns--broader recognition has been slow in coming.
But all good things in time, and the Rev and crew are nothing but good, as in a good-time band full of high-spirited insight into roads and worlds less traveled--and frequently, time-travelled as well. There's an old-time feeling to the music, a purity that inhabits its makers and listeners alike. Absent (but not missed) is the overproduction and clutter too many acts generate in the course of searching for that perfect sound. With this trio, the songs are about finding the right space to breath and expand, to put down roots or take flight. Best of all, it's not perfect, and that's what makes it so damn good. -- Glenn BurnSilver