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A Big Damn blues band

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band actually isn't that big. But the three-piece combo makes up for its size with a high-energy sound steeped in classic blues and gospel.

Armed with an acoustic guitar, dobro and stirring vocals, the Rev. Josh Peyton, along with wife Breezy on washboard and brother Jayme Peyton on drums, delivers music that is more Robert Johnson than Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The trio will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at The Mobius, 281 Fourth St., Ashland.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is touring on the heels of its latest album release, "Big Damn Nation." Music from the album is being aired on Sirius, XM, FM and college stations across the country, and some of the tunes are featured in filmmaker David Ridgen's documentary "Mississippi Cold Case." The group also has performed on Michael Feldman's NPR radio show "Whad'Ya Know?"

Long a touring act, the band plays at music festivals such as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; the Monolith Festival in Denver; the Sunflower River Blues Fest in Clarksdale, Miss.; and others.

Josh Peyton, a real ordained minister, and his brother started out several years ago playing with a rock band called Drive-Thru in their rural hometown of Eagletown, Ind. It was Breezy Peyton who introduced the two brothers to the music of American Delta blues musicians. The three then formed The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and began playing gigs up and down highways in Mississippi. Some lucky breaks ensued, including two nights at Ground Zero, a blues club in Clarksdale co-owned by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, local businessman Bill Luckett and entertainment executive Howard Stovall.

Pater Familias, a five-piece band from Bend, will open the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band's show at The Mobius.

Admission costs $12 day of show, $10 in advance and $8 for students.

Call 488-8894.

The Rev. Josh Peyton, brother Jayme Peyton and wife Breezy Peyton create music that crosses over genres of punk, rock and traditional blues and gospel. - bigdamnband.com