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The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band with The Tillers

Nov. 24 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

By Reyan Ali · November 20th, 2012 · Sound Advice
soundadvice_the_reverend_peytons_big_damn_band_photo_scott toepferPhoto: Scott Toepfer
Since the Vans Warped Tour's inaugural bash in 1995, its stages have hosted oodles of Punk, Emo, Hardcore and Metal types — plus several outliers who have little to nothing to do with those styles. Eminem, Katy Perry, the Black Eyed Peas and Beck have all performed on the sunburn-inducing fest. Although they're not a quarter as famous as any of those names, the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band mark another exception. The Bean Blossom, Ind.-based trio, who played the Warped Tour in 2010, creates Country Blues that's as rollicking as it is rural (i.e., very). Their twangy, washboard-implementing tunes exalt country charm, country eats, country people and country pride. “Your Cousin's on Cops,” one of their most memorable tunes, is actually based on a band member's cousin appearing on Cops.

Its lyrics are delivered with lots of humor but no irony.

Now, the all-vital question: Why were these guys on Warped anyhow? Well, for as much as they sharply contrast the teen-friendly tour's conventional aesthetics (horse-voiced front man Josh Peyton's typical dress involves a newsboy cap, suspenders, undershirt and thick beard), both the Damn Band's music and live shows sport enough vim to give strangers pause. They're also on Punk label Side One Dummy Records and frequently tour with stylistically dissimilar bands like Flogging Molly, Clutch and the Reverend Horton Heat. If you need a visual to convince you of their enthusiasm, imagine seeing a washboard being set on fire — a stunt the band actually pulled at a Columbus show in 2011.


THE REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND performs Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Ballroom of the Taft Theatre downtown. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.


 
 
 
 

 

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