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Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band are genuine eccentrics. In a time when old-timey affectations (a washboard here, some countrified fingerpicking there) have become fairly commonplace among polished, retro-oriented indie acts, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is something of an anomaly. The Damn Band is an awkward, wooly, and unabashedly enthusiastic bunch whose irrepressible racket is never less than genuinely strange and joyous. Between the Ditches is its sixth album since 2006, and though it may be appreciably more polished than its predecessors, it retains the unflagging energy and hillbilly brio of the group's rough-around-the-edges debut. As always, Peyton hammers away at his National Steel guitar and belts out his tales of rural America in a wild, throaty holler, while the Big Damn Band—nothing more than a pair of deranged percussionists—keeps things clattering along at a breakneck pace. A refreshing bit of homespun Americana, Between the Ditches is a clear-eyed, honest piece of work that stands as one of the Reverend Peyton’s finest accomplishments.

Customer Reviews

Wow..

This is album is so tasty. Easily 5 stars. It has so much variety. You can really hear how they are growing as musicians and as a band. I get so tired of hearing the same nonsense indie bands out there and the Rev, Breezy, and the Cuz sure know how to give us something new to bite down on. Buy it now or keep living without this awesome blessing in your life.

Back to the big beats

The Rev. is back with that foot stomping action that I've been missing since Whole Fam Damnily, with an added muddy distortion to separate this album's sound from any of their previous albums. Still one of the best live shows out there.

RPBDB - Between the Ditches

3.75 stars
Not their best but has a few gems in it.

I generally liked this album. This band is a favorite of mine and they've been consistent in their style from album to album. Old fans will find these songs have a familiar flavor (that beautiful guitar! that unstoppable washboard! that endearing voice!). New fans will find this a good sample of what this band's about.

I rate Between the Ditches a little lower than their previous offerings because I think a few of the songs' lyrics are a bit vapid (specifically in Big Blue Chevy '72 and Don't Grind It Down) and I couldn't help but feel good tunes went wasted.

That said, though, there are some real gems that went straight to my A-list: Devils Look Like Angels, We'll Get Through, and Between the Ditches.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

While they're only a trio, the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band deliver a sound that lives up to their name, with thick, bass-heavy, blues-based guitar figures and growling vocals accompanied by muscular but minimal drumming and the metallic percussive scratch of a washboard (making them one of the first rock bands to regularly feature the latter instrument since Black Oak Arkansas). The group was formed by guitarist and singer Josh "Reverend" Peyton, who was born and raised in Indiana, and first...
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