Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – March 29th, 2018

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Driftwood Soldier

Thu · March 29, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$18 ADV - $20 DOS + Fees

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band are the greatest country-blues band in the world. Led by Reverend Peyton, who most consider to be the premier finger picker playing today. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

Like The White Stripes and The Black Keys, this energized band is able to translate the spirit of those seminal masters into the 21st century to an eclectic and rabid fan base. American Blues Scene recently had him on their cover and declared, "Like the Rolling Stones in the 60's, Reverend Peyton is bringing young music fans back to the blues."

Their latest Thirty Tigers CD, Front Porch Sessions, is a hit- it debuted at #1 on the iTunes Blues Chart knocking The Rolling Stones out of the top slot.The ultimate road warriors, they have played all of the big fests including Glastonbury, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Warped Tour, King Biscuit Blues Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews and countless others. Don't miss this show!
Driftwood Soldier
Owen Lyman-Schmidt was born in D.C’s Columbia Hospital for Women, 87 years and 337 days after Duke Ellington. Raised on the songs and stories of WPFW’s Nap ‘Don’t Forget the Blues’ Turner, he studied jazz bass for five years with the incomparable Pepe Gonzalez, aiming to grow up as big as Howlin’ Wolf and as bad as Charles Mingus. For a half decade he walked that path until one day, hitch-hiking across Canada with three harmonicas, two spoons and a voice that could be heard over traffic, he realized his travelling life had outstripped his instrumentation. Retreating to the woods of Maine with a mandolin and a head full of ideas, he began writing the music that would become the solo project Owen and his Checkered Past.

Around the same time, down in Philadelphia, Bobby Szafranski was evolving past the guitar, shedding strings and dropping whole steps at a time. After working his way through the low end of a couple projects, he joined the psychedelic-swagger band Mountjoy as ‘Lead Bassist and Auxiliary Whiskey-Swiller’ where he further tuned his four-stringed voice.

By 2013 Owen’s itchy feet and thirty-three year old diesel Mercedes had taken him fifty thousand miles down the road and left him in West Philly. On the way he’d added a suitcase kick drum and a whole range of musical influences from spoken word poets and anarchist punks, to blue yodelers and old-time fiddlers. Mountjoy was dissolving and Bobby was looking for a new home where he could flex his unique melodic style of bass. Owen’s rough edged mandolin and baritone growl were just the right fit and they launched into the task of rewiring Owen’s ever-expanding list of songs for a new two-person-five-instrument arrangement.

Out of this collaboration emerged Driftwood Soldier, a child with old eyes, blinking in the dim light of a barroom stage. This is not some nostalgic reproduction of an imaginary past or a feel-good celebration of a rosy future. It’s a bittersweet love song to an imperfect world, a lullaby that leaves you bleeding.

Their 2015 full length debut, Scavenger’s Joy, was a warning shot across the bows, a powerful introduction they chased up and down the East Coast, through living rooms, corner bars and back alleys. With the 2017 Blessings & Blasphemy EP the duo manage to be both unpredictable and consistent, delivering an intricate story of oppression and faith that thunders and whispers. Find Driftwood Soldier, wherever you can.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/