It was a night of raucous fun at Chicago’s Reggies as Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band made a welcome return.

Packed to the sweaty rafters, Reggies was at bursting point as Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band played in support of their new album, Front Porch Sessions. This is an album they are extremely proud of, and rightly so. If you have to be beaten to the number one spot on the Blues charts, there’s no shame in it being by The Rolling Stones.

The new material was given the spotlight when the Big Damn Band left the stage, leaving Reverend Peyton on the stage by himself with his trusty guitar. Mind you, with his impressive finger picking, he managed to make it sound like there were a lot more people on that stage with him. When you listen to the likes of “Flying Squirrels”, it’s amazing to think that is one person playing all those parts on the guitar at the same time. Alas, no, it was just Reverend Peyton and his trusty thumb bass player.

There is no better way to relax and shake off a working week than coming to see this band perform live. Live performances are known for bringing songs to life, but this is never truer than with these guys. Seeing Breezy strumming on her washboard whilst interacting with the up close audience, Reverend Peyton playing his intricate guitar parts, and Max on his suitcase drum (yes, it is an actual suitcase!) – all add another dimension to their songs. 

Hearing them explain the stories behind the songs 

Songs such as “Pot Roast and Kisses” and “Devils Look Like Angels” are always well received by the enthusiastic audience who flock to see this band as soon as they come to town. They clearly have a die-hard following in this city, and surely across the rest of the country. Whilst it is amazing fun to catch them at up close and personal performances such as this, following the success and recognition their new album is garnering, it is only a matter of time before the venue will need to be able to accommodate an even larger crowd. 

Their North American tour continues on until July so be sure to check them out on one of their numerous shows. 



Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
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Event Date: 24-MAR-2017

About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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