Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Play Taft Theatre Ballroom in Cincinnati Saturday, November 24th

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Photo by Scott Preston

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with The Tillers
Taft Theatre Ballroom, 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH – 513/721-8883
Advance Tickets $15, Day of Show Tickets $18, All Ages, Doors 8:00pm
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Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone – Delta blues and hillbilly fervor combine with musical acuity sharp as razor wire — best know, this trio is a force to be reckoned  with. Their new album Between The Ditches  is a chronicle of this lifestyle, it arrives August 7th on Side One Dummy as the band hits a plethora of festivals and club dates all summer (see below). The band will celebrate the new album with major international touring, they play Cincinnati at Taft Theatre Ballroom Saturday, November 24th.

Their fifth album celebrates the growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for their country home and the importance of family. The uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give the Big Damn Band a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for and an ironclad work ethic keeps them on the road playing for the people with hurricane force. Locked in with an audience, the band create their own community and welcome the crowd into it, transporting them away from their troubles to joyous release, the way great musicians have done for centuries.  The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and distant cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home.

With a reputation for their incendiary live shows well established, The Big Damn Band set out to make the album that would finally capture the same heat. Recorded at White Arc Studio in Bloomington, Indiana, the album was produced by The Rev. Peyton and Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Dr. John, Shins).

Between The Ditches features a new level of craftsmanship in both recording technique and songwriting. The Rev. feels that it’s their best album to date.”I’m very proud of this album, the songwriting and the playing.”  The guitar playing alone should put the Rev. in the same class with his much revered idols. The songwriting boasts an added maturity and runs the gamut in subject matter from the barn burning, tongue in cheek, “Shut the Screen,” (where “It’s too dang hot and the bugs are too dang mean”) to the evils of strip mining, an issue close to the hearts of this Indiana born and bred band in “Don’t Grind It Down.” There seems to be a theme expressed throughout the album and stated clearly in their first single,Devils Look Like Angels”: “Devil don’t live down in hell, the devil’s right here doing very well”.

This band is sure fun, a lot of fun, but they are for real. From virtuoso musicianship to great songwriting, Between The Ditches has got it all. All from a little Brown County, Indiana band that’s got the nerve (and the right) to call themselves, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band!

Tour Dates:

10/26          Mishawaka Amphitheater         Bellvue, CO

10/27          State Room                            Salt Lake City , UT

10/30          Neurolux                                Boise , ID

10/31          The Annex                              Bend , OR

11/01          W.O.W. Hall                            Eugene , OR

11/02          Dantes                                   Portland , OR

11/03          Tractor Tavern                        Seattle , WA

11/05          State Thtr for the Arts              Red Bluff, CA

11/06          Bottom of the Hill                     San Francisco , CA

11/08          Whiskey Richards                    Santa Barbara , CA

11/09          Mint Supperclub                       Los Angeles , CA

11/10          The Griffin                               San Diego , CA

11/10          Slidebar                                  Fullerton , CA

11/11          Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel           Las Vegas , NV

11/13          Club Congress                        Tucson , AZ

11/14          Crescent Ballroom                   Phoenix , AZ

11/15          The Green Room                     Fallstaff , AZ

11/16          Santa Fe Sol                          Santa Fe , NM

11/17          Bluebird Theater                      Denver, CO

11/23          Vogue                                    Indianapolis , IN

11/24          Taft Theater Ballroom              Cincinatti , OH

12/01          Bottom Lounge                        Chicago , IL

12/02          Magic Bag Theater                   Detroit , MI

12/05          8×10                                      Baltimore , MD

12/06          Appalachian Brewing Co.          Harrisburg , PA

12/07          Jammin’ Java                          Vienna , VA

12/08          The Red Room at Café 939      Boston , MA

12/09          Mercury Lounge                      New York , NY

12/31          Bluebird Nightclub                   Bloomington , IN