Review of The Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band's album The Whole Famn Damily
You would do well to find a musical tradition as long standing and enduring as the blues. Its roots in slavery and hardship made its performers some of the most compelling and tragic in history; one of the reasons why it is still so borrowed from today. The great blues legends had an ability to convey their emotions through their music. Which is why, perhaps, Rev Peyton leaves me so cold. It's not that the sound isn't varied: Country, bluegrass, blues, it's all thrown in together in a gritty sort of a mix. Musically it is sometimes very accomplished; some of the slide guitar sounds great. But his attempt at blues falls far short of convincing, and almost throwaway in places. His voice in particular is strangely comical, a little nasal at times and not really cut out for a true lament. Having said this, some of the livelier songs have plenty of stomp to them, but they fare at best as an outfit when they cover the traditional blues songs rather than play their own material. But with this being a somewhat crowded field already, the Reverend and his band may never be more than also-rans.
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