Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Lancaster Roots & Blues RETURNS - Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sept 27, 28 & 29

"Greatest front-porch blues band in the world."

Friday Sept. 27 - Stage TBA

“Rev. Peyton produces enough power with his guitar and voice to make a puppy pull a freight train. His signature finger-picking style also lends the illusion that there is a talented bassist backing the band, when none exists. Combine all that with his down-home lyrical style, never-say-die attitude, talented wife “Washboard” Breezy, and drummer “Sad” Max Senteney and what blooms is a rose that could crack a New York sidewalk.” – American Blues Scene
“The musicianship is outstanding & keeps the promise of country-blues proficiency tightly on a leash with sparkling riffs, & formidable rhythms…Rev. Peyton looks like the guy who used to deliver coal – but from coal comes diamonds. His music is a motherlode.” – American Highways
“Like a trusted friend at a party, it grabs you by the hand and steadily walks you in; chatting you up as you come up the walk but leaving no doubt as to exactly when you’ve stepped through the front door. Brilliantly comfortable yet electrifying as all get out.” – American Songwriter


Produced by Vance Powell (four-time Grammy Award winner,

 veteran of Chris Stapleton and Jack White).

Premiere single and video is “Ways and Means,” out February 9.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band nominated for Blues Music Award (their second)

for Best Blues Rock Artist

“It’s crazy,” Peyton says of “Too Cool to Dance.” “It almost feels like a song from the 1950s that’s been lost. At the end of the day, it still somehow feels like us.”

To document the livewire immediacy of Dance Songs for Hard Times, the Big Damn Band — including a healthy Breezy — made a pandemic road trip to Nashville to record with producer Vance Powell (four-time Grammy Award winner whose resume includes work with Chris Stapleton and Jack White).


Peyton embraced Powell’s suggestion to turn back the clock and record no more than eight tracks of audio to analog tape. Minimal overdubs are heard on Dance Songs for Hard Times, and Peyton sang while playing guitar live in the studio.

“Vance likes the gear that I like,” Peyton says. “And he has a bunch of cool gear I would only have in my wildest dreams.”

Visually, Dance Songs for Hard Times is led by a video to accompany the song “Ways and Means.” Defined by pastel colors and confident dance moves, the video was made at an old-school laundromat to match the song’s Bo Diddley-boasting on a limited budget: “My knife is sharp, my guitar never flat … king of the laundromat.”


As Peyton says, it’s difficult to create blues music that isn’t personal.

“The song ‘Ways and Means’ was written for all those folks who have the moves, the style, the substance, the talent, but maybe not the seed money or the famous last name,” Peyton says. “All those people who had to work extra hard because they didn’t get to start way ahead. Folks who have been playing catch-up since they were born and had to get really good just to make it to zero.”