29 November 2015

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - So Delicious!

Another album that is long over a review!  This review concerns the latest album from The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and their eighth album So Delicious! which was released in January of 2015.  The first I heard of this band was in May on my birthday night out when a local DJ was playing one of their songs.  It just sung to me and I made a mental note to check out their work.  It has took a while I will grant you that, but better late than never.  This album has been on heavy rotation for the last week or so, just so I could familiarise myself with it as time is against me.  The band consist of The Reverend Peyton on guitar and vocals, "Washboard" Breezy Peyton on washboard and Ben "Bird Dog" Bussell on drums; interesting note, as drummer Ben "Bird Dog" Bussell uses five gallon plastic buckets with drum fitting, they claim to be the only band to have an endorsement deal with a bucket company.  This is only the tip of things with this band and with that it is time to review the album....

The opening track is called "Let's Jump a Train" is travelling song, it has an aggressive strumming to it and the washboard mixes well with the guitar and drums.  It feels like you need everything in your eyesight to be moving as you are travelling towards a new destination.  It pounds a stomp hole in you with hard rock edge to the music as well, it is a great opening to this album.  "Pot Roast & Kisses" is a toe tapper from the very beginning, it is a gentle song which the name from this album is harvested from.  It a strong number, a love song about food and kisses that makes you want to get up and dance around whilst it is playing.  It is not my usual thing I will be honest, but I like the song a lot and it makes me smile whenever it comes on my sound system.  The third song is called "Dirt" and you are in the slow blues number that goes for your soul to give it food and nourishment.  It have a sound that has been made famous by many blues artists over the years, it is also a stomping track that grows with each spin as the song sinks further under your skin.  Much like "Let's Jump a Train" it is a song that you seems to be one that is designed for when you are in motion, it just has that pace which makes you want to be on the open road as the music is playing.

"Raise a Little Hell" does exactly what it says on the tin, it is a stomping song that could have been wrote about WWF/E wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin.  Obviously it is not a tribute to the bionic redneck, but a song about wanting to have a little bit of a party which is good for the soul.  I find this song to be one that jumps genres and tastes as well, it makes a great noise and will have people moving out of their seats wherever it is played.  "Scream at the Night" is next and it slows things down slightly, with a song about the world having too many love songs and needing a tune to screaming at the night and with a gentler strumming and harmonica it gives you a pause to collect your breath.  It is a great number that gives this type of song a twist and it is something that you can sing along to, with a huge dose of passion and talent in the mix as well.  I think this album is slowly but surely winning me over, so far nothing is going wrong at all.  "Hell Naw" is something that that crosses "Scream At The Night" and "Pot Roast & Kisses" in terms of style, it moves at a gentle place and bemoans the state of the world and how much is can suck when things go wrong for you.  With the band sounding very methodical and focused, it has a brilliant guitar solo happening with the harmonica and it is a great track that makes everything feel better just for few moments it is in the world - even if it is a little shitty for the subject matter.  "Front Porch Trained" is crazy, really off the wall crazy.  It is a song that is more for the dancing than anything else, it has that little spark to it that makes your feet itch and you are driving to jumping around as the band get their thing done.  It is a song about learning to play their instrumentation on a front porch and this song is a brilliant tribute to that school of experience.

"Pickin Pawpaws" is the eighth song off this album and the mood is slowed down once again, something that is obviously needed every now and then.  A Paw paw for people who do not know (and until I heard this song I could myself as part of this group is a fruit trees/shrubs which are also known as Asimina (at least this is what Wikipedia says about them).  It is a slow song about picking the fruit and it is gentle on the soul with a gentle rhythm supplied by the washboard that nails this song together as the Reverend goes for a gentle strum with the song.  "We Live Dangerous" is an outlaw song if I ever heard one, it has a blues stomp that drives the track onwards to the horizon.  It is another tune that is designed to be listened to when you are in motion, much like the rest of this album it is make a great impression on me for a genre that I do not know that much about.  But it has a rebellious spirit that crosses those self-defined boundaries that can be erected by people, basically this song has such a strong soul it makes the world a brighter place just for being there.  The penultimate song of the album is called "You're Not Rich" is a short song in terms of time, but it is not short of soul.  It is a song which lets people onto the open secret that money and possessions are not the be-all and end-all of everything and do not make you rich.  What makes you rich is love, friendship and the simple pleasures are what make you wealthy in the soul.  It is a gentle song with a powerful message, a really good number for the soul and heart.  "Music and Friends" is a show-stopper if I ever heard one, with a tune about making friends and playing music.  You are invited into this world where everyone is having a good time, the music is flowing and you would be a fool to pass up the opportunity to join in.  It is not a raucous ending, but it is still keeping the party flowing and ends the album on a very high note.

I am blown over by this album, it is truly an album that crosses genres and has so much going for it that it will be able to create a party wherever it is played.  It showcases the alternative blues and country in a way that I have not heard before and I will be checking out the rest of their back catalogue as well.  It has a rebellious spirit that is also very welcoming to everyone, they just want to party to be in full flow and as the album title says, this is so delicious.  Because of this album I am going to have to do my album of the year list again, but that will be done with pleasure as this album is brilliant; no matter what sort of music you are into, I would recommend this album.

8.5 out of ten -
Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart

Top track - Raise a Little Hell

You can purchase So Delicious! on Amazon here

You can visit the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band website here (which also has a webstore where you can purchase the album as well)

You can also follow the activities of the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band on Facebook here

You can stream So Delicious! on Spotify here

You can stream So Delicious! on Deezer here

You can stream So Delicious! on Tidal here

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