When a band places the words “big damn band” in its musical moniker, it sets some cacophonic expectations for listeners. But when that same band can turn any gathering into a moonshine-soaked swamp stomp with only three musicians – and a singer who sounds like an amalgamation of Les Claypool and Charlie Daniels – the word “big” signifies the sound.
And it’s a sound that’s worked for the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, who will join Buffalo’s Heavenly Chillbillies at 7 p.m. Saturday in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). The southern Indiana trio has made its bones with past albums like “Between the Ditches” and this year’s “So Delicious” by serving up a steady diet of Americana, Delta blues and stoop-step hillbilly, with portions meaty enough for urban hipsters and backwoods boozers alike. Anyone interested in a taste should look no further than the wild “Front Porch Trained,” which not only features Peyton’s signature vocals and frenetic fretwork, but also a Big Damn Band pace capable of turning any city music hall into a sweat-soaked country-blues jamboree.
– Michael Farrell