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Reverend Deadeye performing as a Punk Blues Saint

Reverend Deadeye performing as a Punk Blues Saint

Last Sunday afternoon the holy experience of Reverend Deadeye’s music overwhelmed me. It was the song ‘Drunk on Jesus’ of this former snake handlin’ performer from Arizona that got to me.

Rev Deadeye is the reverend’s son of a reverend’ son who delivers a punk-rock version of gritty pre-war delta blues which he blends with fiery gospel interpretations capable of turnin’ the whole room into a whiskey filled bar room revival.

Punk style Blues music

RevDeadeye-press photo - credit photo to Yeheshua Johnson
RevDeadeye-press photo – credit photo to Yeheshua Johnson

Reverend Deadeye continued the punk style use of the slide guitar, like Hound Dog Tayler did fifty years ago. Hound Dog turned the slide guitar into a Rock ‘n Roll instrument. Rev Deadeye into a true punk machine. It is the use of his modified wok-lid resonator guitar that makes the Reverend songs so recognizable.

The slide guitar was a true delta blues instrument but is now evolved by Reverend Deadeye. The sound changed but the soul of the music doesn’t. It is great to experience how blues and punk rock music are so close to each other.

Songs of Reverend Deadeye

Especially in songs like ‘Yonder Blue’ and ‘Fuck The Devil’ you hear the punk and rock influence in his music. His voice is like a radio stream from blues-punk heaven: gritty, hard and raw. It is the use of his homemade beer can microphone that completes the raw sound of his performance.

Reverend Deadeye One Man Band

Like Joe Hill Louis, and later Ben Prestage did, Reverend Deadeye is an excellent one man band performer. Besides the use of his beer can microphone and wok-lid resonator Guitar, listen to his Kick Drum and washtub snare. To get the idea of his songs you should listen for the some heavy songs to “Backslider Baby’ and ‘Bless My Soul’. For some happy grooving songs to ‘Baby On That Train’.

Shows of Reverend Deadeye

Don’t expect a Sunday mornin’ church service at one of Reverend Deadeye’s shows; instead, expect a Saturday night baptism with fire holy rollin’ revival. I really enjoy the music of the Reverend. Follow him here…

Reverend Deadeye – Fuck the Devil

Reverend Deadeye – “Underneath the Ground”

Reverend Dead Eye Performs on Late Night Denver

Reverend Deadeye – Penticostal Rattle Snake Shake

Reverend Deadeye Spotify

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One Man Band Perfection Ben Prestage’ Blues music

One Man Band Perfection Ben Prestage’ blues music

Ben Prestage is a one man band musician from Indiantown Florida who can easily be compared to Memphis great Joe Hill Louis. Growing up in rural Florida, on a 14-mile-long dirt road, near the headwaters of the Everglades Ben was born to play the blues.

Ben Prestage Deep down in Florida

Florida blues music ben prestage pressphoto
Florida blues music ben prestage pressphoto

If Prestage wanted to go to a bar or possible every living thing it was 7 miles either direction to the nearest paved road, and when you got to pavement, you still weren’t near a town. It was panther, gator, and cottonmouth country.

If you want to do something out there in deep down Florida you get quickly to playing music. There was only one kind of music in the house. Whether it was being played on an instrument, or on a recording, it was Blues.

Playing Banjo music at a young age

Ben Prestage came from a musical family. Not only his mother and father made their mark, his grantparent too. He recalls: “One day though, in my early teens, I went to help a neighbor build a chicken-coop on his property. When we went inside to eat lunch, I asked him about a banjo I saw in the corner. He picked it up and I heard Bluegrass music for the first time”. From Bluegrass to Blues is a big step but the rural Florida swamp has some blues feeling over it. He walked out of Florida and went to Memphis to play that blues songs.

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