Preaching Punkbilly

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5

Where: Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 day of show


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After watching a handful of epically entertaining videos that ranged from hootenanny to downright bizarre, I'm going with this band at the must-see show of the week.

Featuring a stripped-down ensemble of washboard, drums and 1930s-era National acoustic guitars (often played with a slide), the rural Indiana-rooted trio Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is certainly left-of-the-dial, and absolutely worth bending an ear toward.

The threesome – with singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton, his wife Breezy Peyton on washboard and drummer Ben "Bird Dog" Russell – mixes everything from Delta blues to hillbilly twang to barroom folk-rock – all performed with a authentic punk attitude. Hence, punkbilly.

It's a sound that will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands. It's a party vibe, no doubt, and one that will be front-and-center when the band plays the Waiting Room in Benson on WEDNESDAY (March 5).

See and hear what I'm talking about by watching the video to the band's song "Clap Your Hands." Just click on the link at right to see it.

Then go to the show. See you there.

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