Nashville-based country-blues collective The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band will stop at Tally Ho Theater in downtown Leesburg on Nov. 9 as a part of its Big Damn Blues Revolution Tour and the 3rd Annual Chad Dukes Veterans Day Jamboree.
Having played shows together for 12 years in more than 37 different countries, the three-piece outfit has spent the last year celebrating and promoting the 2018 release of its latest record, "Poor Until Payday," according to the band's website. The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Blues Chart and was nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award.
Lead singer and guitarist Reverend Peyton, described in the band's online biography as "the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker," is flanked by two percussionists: washboard player "Washboard" Breezy Peyton — who is also his wife — and drummer Max Senteney, whose setup includes a bare-bones bass-snare drum kit and a five-gallon maple syrup bucket. Well-known for its live performances, the trio has spent time studying under such noted blues musicians as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David "Honeyboy" Edwards.
Rev. Peyton has played guitar since the age of 12, taking inspiration from the pioneering finger-picking style of John Smith "Mississippi John" Hurt. He and Breezy live in southern Indiana in what has become a makeshift artist's colony, where Breezy has said most people "can both paint a picture and skin a deer."
Each stop on the 18-date tour will feature a guest performance from self-proclaimed "Southern surrealist" J.D. Wilkes. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist best known for his work on the harmonica and banjo, Wilkes has recorded with a number of artists including Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, Mike Patton and Hank Williams III. He is also the founder of Southern Gothic rock and blues band Legendary Shack Shakers, whose work blends the influences of various figures including Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, punk singer Jello Biafra and even famed horror novelist Stephen King.
"The Reverend Peyton and J.D. Wilkes have a special bond in the blues-roots-folk music that they love and live. This unique tour showcases the best their genres have to offer," publicist Julie Arkenstone of music publicity website Conqueroo said in a prepared statement.
According to a Conqueroo press release, the tour will kick off Nov. 6 in Asheville, North Carolina, and wrap up Nov. 30 in Newport, Kentucky. Each show will culminate in a special jam session with all of the evening's performers. For most tour stops this will include Grammy-winning songster Dom Flemmons, though he will be absent for the Leesburg show.
The Veterans Day Jamboree at Tally Ho will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Nov. 9 and will benefit veteran-founded nonprofit Stop Soldier Suicide. Tickets are available for purchase at eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-chad-dukes-veterans-day-jamboree-tickets-74416031353.