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Jeff Martin’s “The Black Snake Blues”

Jeff Martin’s – The Black Snake Blues

With the guitar on your knees you can bring some of the finest blues around. Texas bluesman Black Ace sho’ knew how to play the squire-necked guitar. He showed us that you can really bring the blues feelling to your audience this way. The Black Snake Blues performed by Jeff Martin is a song that has a similar thrill, it brings you back to the delta, and I try to imagine how this would sound on a lonesome porch or what melancholic place you would like.

 Solo album Jeff Martin ‘Exile and the Kingdom’

Jeff Martin a former member of Canadian alternative band The Tea Party. After the Tea Party announced an extended break Martin moved to Ireland to record his debut solo album titled Exile and the Kingdom. One of the fine songs on this album is Black Snake Blues. The title is derived from the 1957 book of the same name by Albert Camus.

Jeff Martin @ Fly By Night Club (3 4 2010) (4507514838)
By Stuart Sevastos [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Revival of the Delta Country Blues Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band

Revival of the Delta Country Blues Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band

Rev Payton Black Bull Blues music
During the 30s and 40 the Blues sound we all know was a result of the lack of electricity Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson just had their acoustic guitar, drums and maybe a washboard, Son House had it too. It was the blues with a feeling, right from the soul. These days the early clean blues sound of Patton and Johnson returns a lot because of  modern Hillbilly, Bluegrass and Country Blues bands.  Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is one of them. These Indiana musicians make it easy for us: clean blues music combined with Hillbilly rhythm.

How Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band does it? Well that’s easy, these guys are roaring out of the southern Indiana Foothills playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone. Put two ’30s National guitars, a cigar box guitar, a custom shop Gibson flattop 1929 L2 and an Airline map electric guitar together with a great speachin’ voice.

Rev Payton’s band and ethic

The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home. The growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for his country home and family and an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for.

Reverend Payton’s Album Release

Rev Payton released eight albums over the years. The Pork and Beans Collection their first album is a delta kind of Blues album with as we can expect a Hillbilly flavour. Over the years Rev Payton electrified a little bit, it doesn’t change the style, feeling, attitude and sound of their music. Rev Payton stays  a musician you will like to listen to while sitting in your car, on the grass or at the bar. It is drinkin’ music while tapping your shoe on the floor. Their latest album is from 2012 called between the Ditches, listen to Devils Look Like Angels especially!

For Blues fans Peyton on Patton is a must listen, an exclusive album full of Charlie Patton Covers. As a real musician should be, Peyton´s Big Damn Band put their own flavour on top of Patton´s songs.

Modern revival of the Blues Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Payton’s Big Damn band is one of the bands that contribute to the revival of early twentieth century music we all love. It is great to see musicians who bring songs with soul and put a honest feeling back into music. A big stage or the backyard, for Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band is doesn’t matter playing music is pure god damn fun, and that is what you hear.

Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band Spotify

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – The Money Goes

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Don’t Grind It Down

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – I Don’t Know

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Shake ’em Off Like Fleas

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