The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Wednesday | October 11, 2023 | 7:30PM

Get ready for a rockin' good time with The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band!

While they're only a trio, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band delivers a sound that lives up to their name. With thick, bass-heavy blues and growling vocals accompanied by muscular but minimal drumming and the metallic percussive scratch of a washboard (making them one of the first rock bands to regularly feature the instrument since Black Oak Arkansas), their style is informed by rural blues, honky-tonk country, and the rebellious spirit of rock & roll. Reverend Peyton's raw and wiry guitar figures add texture to straightforward melodies.

The group was formed by guitarist and singer Reverend Peyton, who was born and raised in Indiana, and was first exposed to music through his father's record collection. When Peyton was 12 years old, his dad gave him a Kay guitar, and once he learned his way around the instrument, he got an amp to go along with it. With his brother Jayme Peyton on drums and a mutual friend on bass, he formed his first band, Drive-Thru, and began playing parties and dances.

Not long after finishing high school, Peyton broke up Drive-Thru after developing a severe case of tendonitis that made it extremely painful for him to play the guitar. After a year of working as a hotel desk clerk, doctors at the Indiana Hand Center were able to perform surgery that allowed him to play the guitar again. Around the same time, he met a woman named Breezy who shared his love of the blues. The two fell in love and eventually married. The pair decided to form a band with Peyton on guitar and vocals, and Breezy on vocals and washboard. Jayme Peyton rounded out the group on drums, and the Big Damn Band was born.

Production Genre: Blues, Rock, Honky-Tonk