We spoke with Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band, which is always a fantastic experience. The good reverend opened up about his (now formerly) secret upcoming new album, it’s (now not secret!) name, and the band’s deceptively powerful, unique sound that’s made them a major crossover success while maintaining staunchly loyal to the old-school blues that was their major influences. The setting couldn’t be better — we sat at a delta blues festival only a few short miles from Dockery Plantation, where an original delta bluesman and arguably Peyton’s biggest influence was famous for residing. Peyton talked about his last album, which was made entirely of covers from the legendary bluesman.
Be forewarned! We were graced with a soundtrack for this interview. The wildly talented Stax Music Academy student band found the amps and cranked ’em up to 11.