The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will begin the North American leg of their new tour on February 25 in Chicago, Ill. The So Delicious tour will reach 50 U.S. markets including the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival before hitting international territories in May and then again next fall. The tour is preceded by a week of in-store appearances at independent record stores around the country. With a reputation for their incendiary live shows, these events are not to be missed.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band bridges genres and eras with an intensity and effortlessness few contemporary artists possess. Their new album So Delicious elevates the trio’s work to a new level. Produced by Rev. Peyton, So Delicious, due out February 17, 2015, offers the band’s most diverse collection of songs yet, buoyed by the Rev.’s supercharged six-string virtuosity — a unique style of fingerpicking inspired by his Delta blues heroes, but taken to new, original heights.
The fifth full-length original album by the group — which includes Breezy Peyton on washboard and supporting vocals and Ben Bussell on drums and supporting vocals — is their debut on Shanachie/Yazoo Records, a label known for the historic reissues of blues and other forms of old-time American music that are the bedrock inspiration for the Rev.’s sound and approach.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has always been strong on authenticity, blending blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk-fueled rock. The tunes are plucked from the Big Damn Band’s lives, their community or from the canonical songbook that fed the Rev. Peyton’s formative creative identity. It’s a mix that’s allowed the band to win fans from all corners of the Americana and rock worlds, and bring a new generation to blues and other roots music.
So Delicious is a perfect Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band album, with songs that speak from the heart and capture the trio — whose sound has been honed over 250 annual road dates during the last eight years — playing at their peak. That constant touring lead the band to be awarded “Best Band of the Warped Tour” and to the stages of famed festivals such as Austin City Limits, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, WOMAD, Telluride, Cambridge Folk, All Good, King Biscuit, Juke Joint and DelFest, among many other prestigious gigs. The band’s last record, Between the Ditches, which debuted at number one on the iTunes blues chart and landed on Billboard’s pop albums chart in 2012, continued the momentum, bringing the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band to an even larger, demographic-leaping audience thanks to the powerhouse songs “Devils Look Like Angels” and “Something for Nothing,” which were video and radio hits. The band has received critical raves at home and internationally, and video play from CMT and MTV, while charting on both college and Americana radio and earning song placements in the hit Showtime series Shameless starring William H. Macy.
Now So Delicious offers a feast of new music from the Rev. and his accomplices.
“I can’t wait to get out on the road and bring this record to the fans. We have made a record we are so proud of, but there is nothing that compares to the interaction and community of our live show,” he says.
Sun., Feb. 15 BLOOMINGTON, IN Landlocked Music
Tue., Feb. 17 INDIANAPOLIS, IN Indy CD & Vinyl
Thu., Feb. 19 TOLEDO, OH Culture Clash Records
Fri., Feb. 20 CINCINATTI, OH Shake It Records
Sat., Feb. 21 NASHVILLE, TN Grimeys
Sun., Feb. 22 ST. LOUIS MO Vintage Vinyl
Wed., Feb. 25 CHICAGO, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Thu., Feb. 26 FLINT, MI Machine Shop
Fri., Feb. 27 FERNDALE, MI Magic Bag+
Sat., Feb. 28 DAYTON, OH Oddbody’s
Sun., March 1 TOLEDO, OH Frankie’s Toledo
Wed., March 4 SPRINGFIELD, IL Donnie’s Homespun
Thu., March 5 MADISON, WI – Frequency+
Fri., March 6 ST. PAUL, MN Turf Club
Sat., March 7 DES MOINES, IA Gas Lamp
Tue., March 10 JACKSONVILLE FL Jack Rabbit
Thu., March 11 ORLANDO, FL Will’s Pub
Fri., March 13 DELRAY BEACH, FL Vintage Tap
Sat., March 14 BRADENTON, FL Ace’s
Sun., March 15 TAMPA, FL State Theater
Tue.-Fri., March 17-20 AUSTIN, TX SXSW
Sat., March 21 DALLAS, TX Gas Monkey
Tue., March 24 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Low Spirits
Wed., March 25 FLAGSTAFF, AZ Orpheum
Thu., March 26 PHOENIX, AZ Crescent
Fri., March 27 SAN DIEGO, CA Merrow
Sat., March 28 LOS ANGELES, CA The Mint
Sun., March 29 LAS VEGAS, NV Beauty Bar
Wed., April 1 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Urban Lounge
Fri., April 3 DENVER, CO Bluebird Theater
Sat., April 4 FORT COLLINS, CO Hodi’s
Sun., April 5 LINCOLN, NE Bourbon Theater
Tue., April 7 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads
Wed., April 8 ST. LOUIS, MO Plush
Thu., April 9 FAYETTEVILLE, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
Sat., April 11 CLARKSDALE, MS Juke Joint Festival
Sat., April 18 INDIANAPOLIS, IN Butler Arts Fest
Wed., April 22 COLUMBUS, OH Woodlands Tavern
Thu., April 23 CLEVELAND, OH Grog Shop
Tue., April 28 LEXINGTON KY Cosmic Charlie’s
Wed., April 29 ASHEVILLE, NC Grey Eagle
Thu., April 30 ATLANTA, GA The Earl
Fri., May 1 CHAPEL HILL, NC Local 506
Sat., May 2 WASHINGTON DC The Hamilton
Tue., May 5 ANNAPOLIS, MD Ram’s Head Live
Wed., May 6 HARRISBURG PA Appalachian Brewing Co
Thu., May 7 NEW YORK, NY Mercury Lounge
Fri., May 8 BOSTON, MA Thunder Road
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