Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
"The Wages"

(SideOneDummy Records 2010)Reverend Peyton\'s Big Damn Band - The Wages

Many times when people say that a singer has a unique voice, in reality they don't. Most of the time they merely pronounce something a little differently, use a silly voice or simply can't sing. Reverend Peyton has a unique voice. Really and truly he does. And it's his nasally congestion of a voice that he delivers his lyrics in short bleats and, at times indecipherable, that compliments the ruggedness of the washboard and the other instrumentation of his Big Damn Band.

On "Wages," the trio's second album for SideOneDummy Records, they offer up a country and blues spin on rockabilly as well as social and political commentary. The rhythmically catchy "Everything's Raising" (with nod at the recent bailouts and a chorus of "Gasoline, groceries and our ages/Everything's raising but the wages") will get stuck in your head (I promise) while the quick washboard scratching of opener "Born Bred Corn Fed" really gets things going. A slightly updated blues oozes out of tracks like "Clap Your Hands" and "Sure Feels Like Rain"

It's a difficult line to walk but Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band deliver a lot of fun and a lot of substance. It's a give and take throughout "Wages" but the trio seems to have figured it out. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band's "Wages" is one of those albums you'll enjoy each time you listen...because once won't be enough.

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