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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: Between the Ditches

Last Updated 10/30/2012 10:13:12 AM

By: John B. Moore

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Between the Ditches (SideOneDummy)The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Between the Ditches


It’s hard to believe Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band have been at it for eight albums now, but as Between the Ditches shows, the band is far from slowing down. Their most consistently solid record to date, it’s filled with the same rural Indiana blues/Americana folk jams that have helped the trio build a solid fan base across the globe, but comes across a little more accessible this time out. 

That’s not to say the album is over-polished or the music has changed much from the beginning; the band has just concentrated into a tighter sound, no doubt the result of playing more than 250 shows a year.

Regardless of what they are singing about, from classic cars (“Big Blue Chevy ’72”) to corporate greed (“Shake ‘Em Off Like Fleas”), Rev. Peyton and his cohorts almost dare you to keep your foot from tapping. While not trying to one-up Dylan, the band has also come a long way lyrically since their first few records.  Between the Ditches is easily the best album this year to make use of the washboard (and that’s not meant to be an ironic instrument, hipsters).

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