The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Pic: Alex Ginsburg.

A country-blues band whose leader has been called the best finger-picker in the world arrive in the North East next week to begin a short UK tour.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, formed in Brown County, Indiana, in the early 2000s, are touring to promote their latest album, Poor Until Payday.

Released last October on the band’s own Family Owned Records label through Nashville indie Thirty Tigers, it was their most successful to date.

The band’s founder, Josh ‘The Reverend’ Peyton, has earned a reputation as a compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country-blues style.

Minimal yet monumental

He uses vintage recording techniques and gear to create a sound that is minimal to the point of sounding monumental.

He is joined on washboard by his wife Breezy, who has been known to set fire to her instrument onstage, and drummer Max Senteney, whose kit is augmented by a five-gallon plastic bucket.

Like The White Stripes and The Black Keys, the band translate the spirit of some of the seminal blues masters for a 21st century audience, to an eclectic and growing fan base.

American Blues Scene magazine recently declared: “Like the Rolling Stones in the ‘60s, Reverend Peyton is bringing young music fans back to the blues.”

The UK Tour dates in full:

Sunday 7 July: The Cluny, Newcastle
Monday 8 July: Band On The Wall, Manchester
Tuesday 9 July: The Garage, London
Wednesday 10 July: The Fleece, Bristol
* You can watch the video for the title track from Poor Until Payday here:

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