Reverend Peytonâ€™s Big Damn Band brought their brand of country rock and blues to The Cluny in Newcastle and left the audience wanting more.
Local duo Monkey Junk who run a successful weekly club night at the Butterfly Cabinet in Newcastle kicked off the proceedings for the night by schooling the audience with some great roots and blues music. Monkey Junk comprises of John Nellist on vocals and Andy Turnbull on guitar.
Their set included a whole host of superb covers from the likes of Bukka White, Robert Johnson, Elmore James as well as some traditional numbers. The blues aficionados finished off with a great rendition of “Got My Mojo Working” by Muddy Waters and had the Geordie crowd singing along from start to finish.
Reverend Peytonâ€™s Big Damn Band took to the stage with “The Train Song” and straight from the off they grab your attention. Some incredible slide guitar from the Reverend throughout the show, coupled with Breezyâ€™s fierce washboard playing and Ben Bussell and his adapted drum kit featuring none other than a bucket on a high hat stand gives the band a very unique sound. Their music is infectious, so much so the band has the whole room singing and dancing along from the off.
The bandâ€™s set this evening comprises of both new and old material. Several tracks from their excellent new album So Delicious feature including the likes of â€œPot Roast and Kisses,â€ â€œHell Naw,â€ and â€œLetâ€™s Jump A Train,â€ alongside old favorites like â€œEasy Come Easy Go,â€ â€œClap Your Hands,â€ and â€œDevils Look Like Angels.â€
The on stage chemistry of the band is both obvious and entertaining at the same time. A great cover of Willie Dixon/Bo Diddleyâ€™s â€œYou Canâ€™t Judge a Book By Itâ€™s Coverâ€ sees the Reverend making his way over to the drum kit and kicks the high hat across the room much to the pleasing of the crowd, as the bandâ€™s tech frantically runs on stage to put it back in place. Breezy shows off her mischievous side choosing to play her tambourine off the heads of unsuspecting members of the front row.
The band finished their main set with â€œMusic and Friends,â€ which seems quite apt as tonight they most certainly made some great music and many friends indeed, leaving the stage to a rapturous applause.
Not wanting to disappoint, the band return to the stage before lighting the blue touch paper with the frantic â€œMamaâ€™s Fried Potatoesâ€ and â€œTwo Bottles of Wineâ€ during which Breezyâ€™s smoldering washboard playing is taken to the next level as she proceeds to set the board on fire and swing it around in the air, truly a sight to be seen.
It’s difficult to put into words just quite how good Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are, you really have to see them to believe it. There were no shortage of believers in Newcastle tonight.