Monday, July 12, 2010

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
 "Blow That Horn" 

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
The Gospel Album
(Family Owned Records, 2007)

I love bargain bins. Even more, I love free bins! My favorite local record store has both and I discovered the Big Damn Band via the free bin. I found a promo copy of their album Big Damn Nation and thought it looked interesting, I flipped it over and saw it was produced by Paul Mahern, formerly of Indiana hardcore legends the Zero Boys. It went home with me and turned out to be a nifty country-blues sorta kinda thing. Rev. Peyton sings and plays slide guitar (well, dobro), his wife Breezy plays the washboard and their cousin Aaron plays a tiny drumkit 'n' a five gallon bucket.

This song is from the release that followed, an EP of traditional gospel songs and one original, as proffered here. The initial release was in a neat-o metal tin, as pictured above, and then in a standard jewel case version. Sadly, both versions appear to be out of print.

Their newest, The Wages, was released a few months ago and it's mighty fine.

2 biased opinions:

Biki said...

ok, i loved the drums! and the singing was rather interesting due to the raw texture of his voice. thanks for the listen!

only thing is.....the background kinda intrudes into the text making it a tad hard to read in places...

Lightning Baltimore said...

Yea! My first comment! Thank you!

I've been experimenting a lot with the text colors. I tried to find a way to make the text the inverse of the background, pixel-by-pixel, but wasn't successful. At least the image is static, so you can move the text up-and-down to change the contrast with the background.