Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band with special guest Cousin Curtiss
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The latest album from Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band was written by candlelight and then recorded using the best technology available . . . in the 1950s.
But listeners won't find another album as relevant, electrifying and timely as Dance Songs for Hard Times.
Dance Songs for Hard Times conveys the hopes and fears of pandemic living. Rev. Peyton, the Big Damn Band's vocalist and world-class fingerstyle guitarist, details bleak financial challenges on the songs "Ways and Means" and "Dirty Hustlin'." He pines for in-person reunions with loved ones on "No Tellin' When," and he pleads for celestial relief on the album-closing "Come Down Angels."
Far from a depressing listen, Dance Songs lives up to its name by delivering action-packed riffs and rhythms across 11 songs. The country blues trio that won over crowds on more than one Warped Tour knows how to make an audience move.
"I like songs that sound happy but are actually very sad," Peyton says. "I don't know why it is, but I just do."
Of course, the greatest front-porch blues band in the world found itself sidelined from a relentless touring schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic. Peyton says he was surprised when his mind and soul unleashed a batch of new songs in March and April of 2020.
"I think it was the stress of everything," he says. "At the time, we were watching everything we know crash down. I didn't know what was going to happen with our career, with our house, with food, with anything."
Cousin Curtiss brings to the stage a fiery dynamic rarely seen by a solo act and now, with a full band armed and ready with years of live touring and recording experience behind him, the concert performance becomes legendary. Truly. Within the United States and around the world Cousin Curtiss has spread his positive energy and endless smile through his Award Winning Rootstomp music. He describes it as, "playing Blues music but at Bluegrass speeds" or more simply, "like...if Blues and Bluegrass had a baby." Rapid fire guitar. Incendiary harmonica. Thunderous kick.
Cousin Curtiss left a successful teaching career in Alaska in 2015 to pursue music full time and has never looked back. Shortly after committing himself to road life, his life and story was discovered and featured by Business Insider, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbull, Fox News, MSNBC, Daily Mail UK, and many more. Years later Cousin Curtiss continues to turn heads wherever he plays solo, with the band, or supporting acts like The Commonheart, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, G Love and Special Sauce, Infamous Stringdusters, The Sweet Lillies, Andy Thorn...