I’ve been a fan of country-blues trio The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band from the first time I spun 2008 release “Whole Fam Damnily” and eagerly await new recordings from the Josh “Reverend” Peyton-fronted outfit. “So Delicious” is their fifth album of original studio material — but first for the acclaimed Shanachie/Yazoo label — and ranks with 2010’s “The Wages” and 2012 “Between the Ditches” among career highlights.
“Yazoo was my favorite record label growing up,” Peyton explains. “For fans of old country blues and all manner of early American music, they are the quintessential label. And for me, it’s like being on the same label as Charley Patton and ‘Mississippi’ John Hurt. To think that the people behind Yazoo believe we are authentic enough to stand with the other people in their catalog means a lot.”
The 11-track release is chock full of the Indiana-based band’s signature mix of blues, folk, country, ragtime and other traditional styles. The opening tandem of “Let’s Jump a Train” and “Pot Roast and Kisses” gets the party started and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band also score with “Raise a Little Hell,” “Hell Naw,” “Front Porch Trained,” “Pickin’ Pawpaws” and “Music and Friends.” Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)