Reverend Peyton talks Midlands fans and homemade instruments ahead of Wolverhampton show

By Rebecca Stanley | Entertainment | Published:

It all started when Reverend J. Peyton met his wife Washboard Breezy - and the Big Damn Band was born.

Reverend Peyton

Not as big as you’d imagine - the trio, completed by Max Senteney, are known for their larger-than-life stage presence, eclectic collection of instruments and powerful sound.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are coming to the Robin 2, and fans can expect a show that is bigger and better than ever before.

Rev. Peyton plays 18 Instruments on one song

“We've played there a few times, so our fans know that you can expect real, from the heart, handmade music” Peyton tells us.

“Anyone that has seen us more than once knows we are always working on improving our show and making it bigger, better, and more exciting.”

The band are excited to be returning to the area, to reconnect with their fans and enjoy the food the Midlands has to offer.

“We’ve played the Midlands many times and we’ve always had great shows there.

“We love our fans in the area, and the local cuisine... Indian Food!”


The band play over 250 dates per year across the globe, and as a result - they lead a pretty crazy life.

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

It's something that would destroy most bands, but instead the constant touring drives Peyton and co.

“It would burn up most people, but we love it too much to get tired of it.


“We've lived on the road for 11 years, played four continents, 34 countries, 48 of the 50 US States...Our whole life is weird!”

“The whole thing is a team effort. Washboard Breezy puts in a lot of work on and off stage to make sure the whole operation runs. How our life is now is way easier than it would be if we were apart.”

Washboard Breezy and Reverend Peyton

In 2009 the band toured with American rock band Clutch, an experience that the band will never forget.

“Touring with Clutch was great, they are a killer live band.

“We've been lucky enough to tour with so many amazing bands, it helps remind you how good you have to be night after night.”

The band have released their latest album The Front Porch Sessions this year, an album that they feel is their most beautiful yet.

“It debuted at number one on the iTunes blues chart and number two on the billboard blues charts. It's been great so far!” Peyton says

“This is our most beautiful record in my opinion, it's so organic and real. I'm really proud of the way it turned out.

“We used vintage microphones in front of vintage instruments, playing handmade music. I think it's the perfect record of ours to listen to on vinyl.”

Rev. Peyton plays & splits wood w/ Axe Guitar

This Big Damn Band are known for their use of bizarre instruments - including a drum kit utilising a plastic bucket, a washboard played using golf gloves with thimbles attached, cigar box guitars and even an axe and a gun turned into stringed instruments.

“There is a long tradition of handmade instruments like this back home. All of my cigar box guitars and folk instruments are made by luthiers, folk artists, and amateur builders.

“I don't build them, I spend too much time playing them! But I do work with some of these great builders on designs and ideas. I just love stringed instruments!

“We have some great instruments coming on tour, I can’t give away too much I'll be giving away some surprises for the show!”

Following this string of shows, there’s no sign of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band slowing down anytime soon

“We have a west coast tour of the USA after we get back from this tour.

“We have a limited edition release for Black Friday coming in the fall, and we are already making plans to record the next record.

“We are always working!”

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band comes to the Robin 2 on Wednesday, August 16.

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Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me:


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