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Rev. Payton’s Big Damn Band @ The Bijou Theatre
December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$22 – $37
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band fuse country, blues, hillbilly fervor with a youthful indie rock energy. With gritty growling vocals and striking finger picking, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is inspired by iconic bluesmen like Charley Patton and Furry Lewis. Like The White Stripes and The Black Keys, this energized band is able to translate the spirit of those seminal masters into the 21st century to an eclectic and rabid fan base. American Blues Scene recently had him on their cover and declared, “Like the Rolling Stones in the 60’s, Reverend Peyton is bringing young music fans back to the blues.” Poor Until Payday is the new CD from The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. They’re back with an explosive new record coming this fall on Thirty Tigers. Reverend Peyton’s guitar work is phenomenal and howls the blues. Featuring the focus tracks “Poor Until Payday”, “Dirty Swerve”, “Me And The Devil”, “You Can’t Steal My Shine” and “It Is Or It Ain’t”, Peyton uses vintage recording techniques and vintage gear to create a sound that is minimal to the point of sounding monumental. Poor Until Payday is a bluesy ode to the blue collar, working class and it delivers in spades.
With the Cobalt Rhythm Kings…The Cobalt Rhythm Kings are steeped in the jazzy jump blues of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris and the Liggins brothers; the cool, raging West Coast blues of William Clark, Rod Piazza and James Harman, and the hard-edged Chicago blues of Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Junior Wells and Freddie King, to name a few. Formed in 1996 – with two Chicago natives on vocals — The Kings have played everywhere from New York’s premier blues club, Chicago B.L.U.E.S., to the New Haven Jazz Festival to Black-Eyed Sally’s in Hartford. The band debuted on the national stage on Oct. 8, 2005 at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival — formerly the King Biscuit Blues Festival — in Helena, Arkansas. They’ve opened for Johnny Winter at Toad’s Place, CT’s premier music club and for blues diva Etta James and Son Seals on the New Haven Green.