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Monday, February 16, 2015

Shanachie/Yazoo Records artist: The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - So Delicious - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (February 17, 2015), So Delicious, from the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and is quirky and cool. Opening with stripped down rocker, Let's Jump A Train it has the makings of classic rocker Born To Be Wild. With a driving rimshot by Birddog Bussell and rocking guitar riffs by Rev Peyton, this track rocks. Pot Roast and Kisses has a twist of country rock and a lighter touch but still a bright vibrancy with a rolling finger style guitar riff by the Rev. Dirt has a gritty, swampy feel ... a modern blues style. I really like Peyton's vocals on this track which he also nicely compliments with his slide work. This is one of my favorites on the release. Raise A Little Hell is a foot stompin' raw, sliding track with military like cadence drumming by Bussell and washboard by Breezy Peyton. Very cool! Scream At The Night is a rambling country blues style track with really nicely articulated acoustic guitar, harp and percussion. Peyton harmonizes nicely with Breezy and Bussell. A strong track with a catchy melody with strong cross air potential. Hell Naw has strong blues roots and nice acoustic slide work. Peyton shows strong vocal control and accompanying himself on harp and slide this is a cool track. Front Porch Trained is another track with a really stripped down feel. With thin slide guitar work and minimal percussion accompaniment, this track really captures the feel of hill country blues. Sweet. Picking Paw Paws is a really simplified blues track with finger picked guitar, washboard and minimal drums. Primitive blues in modern times. We Live Dangerous is a hot slide number with a lot of oomph. Peyton drives this train with his relentless slide style and Bussell just sits on the beat pushing him the entire way. Excellent! You're Not Rich has some of the nicest resonator work on the release with a lonesome sound and nice melody. Wrapping the release is Music and Friends with a nod to Libba Cotten. A nice rolling finger picking riff and snappy drum work complimented by Peyton and friends on vocal makes for a consistent conclusion to a pretty cool release.  

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