New Double Album Proves Again Why Reckless Kelly Is One Of Country Music’s Elite Acts

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Alt-Country outfit Reckless Kelly officially returns Friday with its tenth full-length studio recording.  The band will release its new recording, American Jackpot/American Girls digitally on Friday.  Leading up to its release, the double album produced three singles – ‘I Only See You With My Eyes Closed,’ ‘North American Jackpot’ and ‘Lonesome On My Own.’  While all three singles are enjoyable in their own right, they are just some of the songs that stand out on this latest offering from the band.  Considering the double record spans a total of 20 songs, it offers plenty from which to choose both in terms of musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  ‘Lost Inside The Groove,’ which comes late in the record’s 75-minute (hour and 15-minute) run, is another key addition to the album, proving its strength.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Another New Year’s Day,’ one of the album’s early offerings, is another of the album’s strong points.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Put On Your Brave Face Mary’ is yet another important addition to the album’s body.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, the album’s already released singles and the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of the album proves to be one of this year’s top new country music albums.

Reckless Kelly’s latest full-length studio recording American Jackpot/American Girls is another positive offering from the veteran alt-country outfit that audiences are sure to enjoy.  That is due to musical and lyrical content that will keep listeners engaged from beginning to end of the hour-long-plus record.  ‘Lost Inside The Groove’ is just one of the songs that serves to support these statements.  That is proven in part through its upbeat musical arrangement, which will get any listener’s foot tapping.  The song’s arrangement will take listeners back to another age of music, thanks to the incorporation of the organ into its whole.  The same applies to the style presented through the guitar, bass and drums, which collectively create a kind of old school honky tonk sound.  The combination of the classic surf rock sound generated through the organ and the old school country sound doesn’t seem on paper that it would work, but in reality, works quite surprisingly well.  It’s just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The positive energy exuded through the arrangement is enhanced through the song’s lyrical content.

The song’s lyrical content is just as upbeat as its musical content.  Front man Willy Braun sings in the song’s lead verse, “Well my little mamacita, she says to me/You’re everything I ever need/Ain’t no way I’d ever break your heart/She picks me up when I’m feelin’ down/Holds me steady when I’m spinnin’ ‘round/There’s no mistaking the real thing/And I’m lost inside the groove again with you, baby/I never want it to be found/Lost inside the groove again with you baby/This time, I’m not messing around.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Well my cool, rockin’ mama and lucky old me/We got something that you wouldn’t believe/Flyin’ down lover’s lane on cruise control/She’s pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down/Heart to heart without making a sound/There’s no mistaking the real thing.”  He adds in the end of the chorus refrain, “Use my mind when I get you all alone/All my worries start fadin’ away/I save my trouble for a rainy day.”  A little more is added from here in the song’s third and final verse, but it is very much in the same vein as what Braun presented in the song’s first and second verse, and even its chorus.  To that end, the song’s somewhat celebratory lyrics, which focus on a man who clearly is head over heels in love, will connect with its own share of listeners.  Coupled with the song’s equally upbeat musical arrangement, the two elements join to make this song just one of this album’s most notable highlights.  ‘Another New Year’s Day,’ which comes earlier in the album, is another standout addition to the record.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Another New Year’s Day’ is distinctly different from that at the base of ‘Lost Inside The Groove.’  This song’s arrangement is quite reserved by comparison.  The balance of the piano, guitar and drums forms the foundation of this introspective composition.  That foundation is strengthened through the addition of the violin, mandolin and harmonica.  The whole of that collective makes the mid-tempo work engaging and entertaining in its own unique fashion, and serves well to help illustrate the emotion exhibited through the song’s lyrical content.

Speaking of the song’s lyrical content, Braun tugs at listeners’ heart strings through this work that is not only introspective but contemplative, too.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “Well I woke up/With a clean slate/As the sun was setting in the west/guest the last day/Was a long one/From now on/I’m gonna do my best/To live my life/Like I always said I would/Shake these demons off my back for good/’Cause it don’t have to be this way/It’s just another New Year’s Day/It’s just another/New Year’s Day.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Well I went down/With my old pals/For a couple at the burger and brew/And I told ‘em/From now on y’all/things’ll be different like I always do/And I said just watch/this whole room, I’m gonna turn it around/Well they had a good laugh/And they ordered they another round/’Cause it always ends this way/It’s just another New Year’s Day/It’s just another New Year’s Day.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Well I cam back/To the hotel/And I swear I’m gonna finish this song/But I couldn’t/Help but wonder/Just where the hell it all went wrong/And they say you’ve gotta live like no tomorrow/Well that all sounds great/’Till it’s time to drown all your sorrows/There’s got to be a better way/It’s just another New Year’s Day/It’s just another New Year’s Day/It’s just another New Year’s Day.”  Again, this is pretty contemplative.  It’s as if he is saying in these words, the more things change, the more they stay the same, no matter how hard we try to change.  It makes a person look at one’s own life and perhaps try harder to not let the next day be another SSDD scenario.  Keeping that in mind, this song clearly stands out from others in this album, including ‘Lost Inside The Groove.’  It’s just one more example of what makes Reckless Kelly’s new album stand out, too.  ‘Put On Your Brave Face Mary’ is one more notable addition to the album that is unique in its own way.

‘Put On Your Brave Face Mary’ offers audiences another song that stands so starkly apart from its counterparts on this record in the best way possible, beginning with its musical arrangement.  The arrangement is a heart wrenching composition that is born in Braun’s vocal and instrumental performance.  It is a modern, melancholy work, but not melancholy just for the sake of it.  It really works well to accompany the heartbreaking story featured in the song’s lyrical content.

The story that seems to be presented in this song’s lyrical theme appears to center on a military veteran who has come back and is fighting that inner emotional battle of which so many news agencies have talked in stories that they run.  This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse, in which Braun sings, “Mary fought back tears when she saw that far off look in his eyes/Said, ‘what’d they do to you, baby?’/I can see you dyin’ inside/I got you six/Just like you’ve always had mine/These invisible scars don’t change the man you are/Everything’s gonna be alright/Put on your brave face Mary/Put on your brave face/Put on your brave face Mary/Put on your brave face.”  This verse alone certainly sounds like an addressing of the emotional scars that so many military veterans and their loved ones deal with together.  Braun continues in the song’s second verse, “VA’s understaffed/The lines are around the block/He calls up the hotline/But nobody there has the time to talk/Been talked up for days/Dealing with demons they don’t understand/Mary holds the line while he takes matters into his own hands/Put on your brave face, Mary/Put on your brave face/Put on your brave face, Mary/Put on your brave face.”  He adds in the song’s third verse, “Now he’s fighting for his life/Mary, she’s a rock/It’s all over the news/So Washington’s gearing up to talk the talk/Seven hundred billion/Somehow not enough to go around/It’s the price we pay are the 22 a day committed to the ground/Put on your brave face, Mary/Put on your brave face.”  Whether one is a veteran or knows a veteran, this song so hardly hits at the heart of this matter, of veterans dealing with PTSD and having no help other than family.  This isn’t the first time the Reckless Kelly has taken on the government’s leaders for their handling of the military.  The band took on George W. Bush and the government in their handling of the Middle East conflict on its 2008 album Bulletproof through the song ‘American Blood.’  That song was a damning indictment of the government’s focus more on American intervention in the Middle East for the aim of controlling the region’s oil supply more than to help free the region’s peoples.  Those with any connection to the military that the band has once again stood up for military personnel and holding those in power accountable here.  Keeping that in mind, this song proves once more why American Jackpot/American Girls is such a powerful new offering from Reckless Kelly.  When it is considered with the other songs noted here, the singles that have been spawned already from the album and the rest of the album’s songs, the recording in whole proves to be another strong new offering from the band and another of this year’s top new country music albums.

Reckless Kelly’s new double album American Jackpot/American Girls, the band’s 10th album to date, is another impressive offering from the alt-country outfit that is certain to resonate with the band’s established fan base and country music fans in general.  That is proven in each of the recording’s albums, and is evidenced here through just three of the songs featured in the album.  When those songs are considered alongside the album’s already released singles and the rest of the album’s works, the recording in whole proves itself a work that is deserving of as much praise as any of Reckless Kelly’s previous albums.  American Jackpot / American Girls will be available digitally Friday and physically in July.  More information on the album is available along with all of Reckless Kelly’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Reckless Kelly Debuts New Album’s Latest Single, ‘North American Jackpot’

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Reckless Kelly debuted the latest single this week from its forthcoming album American GirlsAmerican Jackpot.

The band debuted the song ‘North American Jackpot‘ Thursday through Taste of Country.  The song’s musical arrangement boasts a modern country music sound that any country music purist will appreciate.

Founding member and vocalist Willy Braun talked about the song’s lyrical content in a recent interview.

“Writing ‘North American Jackpot,’ I kept hitting a wall with the verses and the theme,” he said.  Trouble was, I kept going back to my first idea,a story about my grandparents, which wasn’t really going anywhere, but I couldn’t get away from it.  I thought I’d have to scarp this one till it made sense …the problem was I’d already started writing the rest of the album and was close to being finished, but the title track, ‘North American Jackpot,’ wasn’t close to being completed, and far from the cornerstone it needed to be.  I called Jeff Crosby, songwriter extraordinaire from the Gem State, asking for help.  The next day he sent a nearly perfect verse that got me out of the rut and on the right track.  I wrote a second verse almost immediately and we polished it up in Boise a couple weeks later.  I had my cornerstone.”

The debut of ‘North American Jackpot’ comes almost a month after the band debuted the double album’s lead single, ‘I Only See You With My Eyes Closed.’

The four-minute opus is everything that audiences have come to expect from Reckless Kelly over the years, in terms of its musical and lyrical content.

The band members discussed the song’s creation in a recent interview.

“I wrote the beginnings of a second verse on a long van ride after being woken up by the church bells next door in Nuremberg, Germany, and out of one of those lucid dreams where you don’t really know whether you’re awake or not,” said band founder and front man Willy Braun.”

Braun continued, “I wanted the song to have the same feel as those dreams when you drift from one thing to another, so Cody [Braun, Willy’s brother and Reckless Kelly co-founder] and Charlie Sexton played some spooky ambient stuff on top of Jeff Crosby’s main guitar track and we faded them all in and out to try to get that lucid half-dreaming half-awake effect.  There’s a lot going on, but Jim Scott did an excellent job mixing the track to capture that dreamlike vibe.”

The track listing for American Girls American Jackpot is noted below.

 

 

Track Listing:
American Girls
1. I Only See You With My Eyes Closed
2. American Girls
3. All Over Again (Break Up Blues)
4. Miss Marissa
5. Lonesome On My Own
6. Anyplace That’s Wild
7. Lost Inside The Groove
8. No Dancing In Bristol
9. Don’t Give Up On Love
10. My Home Is Where Your Heart Is
American Jackpot
1. North American Jackpot
2. Thinkin’ ‘Bout You All Night
3. Tom Was A Friend Of Mine
4. 42
5. Mona
6. Another New Year’s Day
7. Grandpa Was A Jack Of All Trades
8. Put On Your Brave Face Mary
9. Company Of Kings
10. Goodbye Colorado
Reckless Kelly will continue its tour in support of American Girls American Jackpot next week in Fort Smith, AK.  The band’s current schedule takes it through Aug. 1 in Joseph, OR and features performances in cities, such as Fort Collins, CO; Austin, TX and Stanley, ID.
The band’s tour schedule is noted below.
Tour Dates:
3/5: TempleLive – Fort Smith, AR
3/6: The Brendon McLarty Memorial Foundation Concert – Oklahoma City, OK
3/7: Revolution Music Room – Little Rock, AR
3/13: House of Blues – Houston, TX
3/14: Cook’s Garage – Lubbock, TX
4/11: Bluebonnet Festival – Burnet, TX
4/17: Fiesta Oyster Bake – San Antonio, TX
4/18: Main Street Arts Festival – Fort Worth, TX
4/20: Larry Joe Taylor’s Music Festival – Stephenville, TX
4/23: Washington’s – Fort Collins, CO
4/24: Stargazers Theatre – Colorado Springs, CO
5/29: Grizzly Rose – Denver, CO
6/4-5: Mountain Village Resort – Stanley, ID
6/6: Washington County Fairgrounds – Cambridge, ID
7/29: McMenamin’s Spanish Ballroom – Tacoma, WA
7/31: Tower Theatre – Bend, OR
8/1: Back Country Bash – Joseph, OR

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Reckless Kelly Announces New Album Specs; Debuts LP’s Lead Single

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Reckless Kelly will release its new album this year.

The band made the announcement Thursday.  The band will release the double album — American Girls / American Jackpot — May 22 through Thirty Tigers.

The band debuted the lead single from American Girls, ‘I Only See You With My Eyes Closed‘ Thursday.  The four-minute opus is everything that audiences have come to expect from Reckless Kelly over the years, in terms of its musical and lyrical content.

The band members discussed the song’s creation in a recent interview.

“I wrote the beginnings of a second verse on a long van ride after being woken up by the church bells next door in Nuremberg, Germany, and out of one of those lucid dreams where you don’t really know whether you’re awake or not,” said band founder and front man Willy Braun.”

Braun continued, “I wanted the song to have the same feel as those dreams when you drift from one thing to another, so Cody [Braun, Willy’s brother and Reckless Kelly co-founder] and Charlie Sexton played some spooky ambient stuff on top of Jeff Crosby’s main guitar track and we faded them all in and out to try to get that lucid half-dreaming half-awake effect.  There’s a lot going on, but Jim Scott did an excellent job mixing the track to capture that dreamlike vibe.”

The track listing for American Girls American Jackpot is noted below.

Track Listing:

American Girls
1. I Only See You With My Eyes Closed
2. American Girls
3. All Over Again (Break Up Blues)
4. Miss Marissa
5. Lonesome On My Own
6. Anyplace That’s Wild
7. Lost Inside The Groove
8. No Dancing In Bristol
9. Don’t Give Up On Love
10. My Home Is Where Your Heart Is

American Jackpot
1. North American Jackpot
2. Thinkin’ ‘Bout You All Night
3. Tom Was A Friend Of Mine
4. 42
5. Mona
6. Another New Year’s Day
7. Grandpa Was A Jack Of All Trades
8. Put On Your Brave Face Mary
9. Company Of Kings
10. Goodbye Colorado

The band launched a tour in support of its forthcoming album Thursday at the Mile 0 Fest in Key West, FL.  The band’s current tour is scheduled to run through March 14 in Lubbock, TX.  It features performances in cities, such as Jackson, MS; Fort Smith AR and Oklahoma City, OK.

After its initial run, the band will take some time to rest and recharge before performing live June 6 in Cambridge, ID.  The band’s current live schedule is noted below.

 

Tour Dates:
2/6: Liberty Hall – Tyler, TX
2/7: Hank’s Texas Grill – McKinney, TX
2/14: The Dirty South – Angleton, TX
2/15: Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse – Spicewood, TX
2/27: Duling Hall – Jackson, MS
2/28: Manship Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
3/5: TempleLive – Fort Smith, AR
3/6: The Brendon McLarty Memorial Foundation Concert – Oklahoma City, OK
3/14: Cook’s Garage – Lubbock, TX
6/6: Washington County Fairgrounds – Cambridge, ID

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Reckless Kelly To Release New Live Recording Next Month; Announces New Live Dates

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Reckless Kelly has a new live recording due out next month.

The veteran county-rock band announced Friday that it will release Bulletproof Live June 21 via Thirty Tigers.  The recording was originally captured during the band’s 2018 west coast tour during which the band celebrated the 10th anniversary of the release of Bulletproof.  It features songs from the album performed at various points during that tour.

In anticipation of the recording’s upcoming release, Reckless Kelly has released a stream of the song ‘You Don’t Have To Stay Forever’ via SoundCloud and Wide Open Country. Reckless Kelly fiddle/mandolin/harmonica player Cody Braun talked about the song in a recent interview.

“‘You Don’t Have To Stay Forever’ has always been a fun song to play because it’s a little different in structure than some some of our other tunes,” Braun said.  “I love interesting melodies and songs that go places you don’t expect them to.  Songs start out as nothing but ideas, and only once they’re written down and recorded do they become something real and tangible.  The strong ones survive and if they’re played enough, live over a long period of time they eventually take on a second life and even sometimes new meanings.  We wanted to capture that.”

The full track listing for Bulletproof Live is noted below.  Pre-orders are open now.

Tracklist:
 
1) Ragged As The Road (Live)
2) You Don’t Have To Stay Forever (Live)
3) Love In Her Eyes (Live)
4) Passin’ Through (Live)
5) I Never Had A Chance (Live)
6) One False Move (Live)
7) A Guy Like Me (Live)
8) American Blood (Live)
9) How Was California (Live)
10) California Blue (Live)
11) Mirage (Live)
12) Don’t Say Goodbye (Live)
13) God Forsaken Town (Live)
14) Wandering Eye (Live)
15) Bulletproof (Live)

Reckless Kelly is on tour in support of its latest album, Sunset Motel (2016). The band is scheduled to perform live next Thursday in Bastrop, TX.  The band’s tour also features scheduled performances in Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA and Idaho Falls, ID.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:
5/16: Bastrop, TX – Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard
5/17: Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
5/18: Vinita, OK – American Legion Rodeo Complex
5/23: Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
5/24: Grand Junction, CO – Warehouse25sixty-five Kitchen + Bar
5/25: Craig, CO – Grand Old West Days
5/26: Black Forest, CO – Meadowgrass Festival
5/30: Springfield, MO – Southbound Bar and Grill
5/31: Lacygne, KS – Tumbleweed Country Music & Camping Festival
6/1: Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
6/2: St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
6/4: Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
6/5: Minneapolis, MN – Dakota
6/6: Chicago, IL – Avondale Music Hall
6/7: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
6/8: Neillsville, WI – Silver Dome Ballroom
6/14: New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
6/15: New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
7/11: The Colony, TX – Lava Cantina
7/12: Ft. Worth, TX – The Yard Fort Worth
7/13: Austin, TX – Antone’s
7/19: Port Huron, MI – McMorran Place Sports & Entertainment Center
7/26: Cortex, CO – Montezuma County Fairgrounds
7/27: Denver, CO – Grizzly Rose
8/1: Red River, NM – The Motherlode Saloon
8/2: Colorado Springs, CO – Stargazers
8/3: Lamar CO – Sand & Sage Round-Up
8/8-10: Challis, ID – Braun Brothers Reunion
8/15: Victor, ID – Music On Main Street
8/17: Helix, OR – Quantum 9 Arena
8/18: Emigrant, MT – The Old Saloon
8/26: Grand Island, NE – Nebraska State Fair
8/31: San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
11/1: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
11/2: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
11/3: Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
11/7: Bend, OR – Tower Theatre
11/8: Garden City, ID – Revolution Center
11/9: Idaho Falls, ID – Colonial Theater
11/10: Salt Lake, UT – The Common Wealth Room
11/13: Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
11/14: Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
11/15: Morro Bay, CA – The Siren
11/17: Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
11/29: New Braunfels, TX – Brauntex Theatre

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‘Poor Until Payday’ Is A Rich New Release From Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Courtesy: Family Owned Records/Thirty Tigers

Veteran blues outfit Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band has and its fans have a lot of reason to be happy today.  The band announced recently that its new album Poor Until Payday, which was released last October via its own Family Owned Records and Thirty Tigers, has been nominated for Best Blues Rock Album of 2019 at the annual Blues Music Awards.  The ceremony is scheduled for May 9 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN.  The awards ceremony is just one part of the band’s upcoming tour in support of Poor Until Payday.  The band’s upcoming tour is scheduled to launch Feb. 16 in St. Augustine, FL and to run through March 10 in Minden, WV.  Two additional dates – May 31 and September 1 in Cookeville, TN – are also currently scheduled.  The band’s upcoming tour includes a performance on Feb. 28 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC. Tickets for that show are available online now at https://www.local506.com/event/1803420-reverend-peytons-big-damn-chapel-hill/.

Plenty of the band’s new material will be performed at the show, and copies of Poor Until Payday will be available at the show.  Audiences will agree after hearing the band perform and after hearing its new album that Poor Until Payday is more than deserving of its nomination, as well as a win, should it take home that top prize at the upcoming awards ceremony.  That is proven right from the album’s outset in the blues/gospel hybrid song ‘You Can’t Steal My Shine.’  This song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Me and the Devil,’ which comes much later in the album’s run, is another example of the album’s strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  The same can be said of ‘I Suffer, I Get Tougher.’  It will also be addressed later.  Each of the songs noted here shows in its own way why Poor Until Payday is a positive new effort from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.  When they are considered alongside the likes of ‘So Good,’ ‘Frenchmen Street’ and the album’s title track (and the rest of the album’s songs not noted here), the whole of Poor Until Payday proves to be a rich new record from one of the best names in the blues music industry today.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s new album Poor Until Payday is a rich (yes, that awful pun was fully intended) new offering from a group that is one of the leaders in the blues music community today.  It is a record that is fully deserving of its nomination by the Blues Music Foundation for the Best Blues Rock Album of 2019.  What’s more, it is just as deserving of a win in that category, should it receive that award.  That is proven right from the album’s outset in the form of ‘You Can’t Steal My Shine.’  The song’s musical arrangement is an infectious, percussion-driven work that boasts not just a blues vibe, but also a certain southern gospel element mixed in that builds on the song’s blues base for a sound overall that makes the song an easy fan favorite.  The arrangement alone is not all that makes the song such a favorite and strong point for the record.  Its equally emotionally upbeat lyrical content makes the song even more of a strong point.

The Rev. sings in this song, “You can’t steal/You can’t steal my shine/Oh, I shine too bright/Oh, I shine too bright/You can’t steal my light/Light a thief in the night/Oh, you come/Like a thief in the night/Oh, you come/But no darkness in Hell/Could dim my light/You can’t steal my shine.”  He goes on to sing, “Like a star in the sky/Oh, I shine/Like a star in the sky/Oh, I shine/The darker the night/The brighter the light.”  This is a simple message that leaves absolutely zero doubt as to the song’s message.  It is a positive work that states nothing is going to let a person get one down.  On another level, it is an homage of sorts to the timeless spiritual, ‘This Little Light of Mine.’  That adds even more to the song’s gospel-tinged sound, and in turn to the appreciation for the song and album in whole.  It is just one of the songs featured in this record that serves to show the album’s strength.  ‘Me and the Devil’ is another work that shows what makes Poor Until Payday a rich new offering from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

Just as ‘You Can’t Steal My Shine’ stands out in part due to its musical arrangement, so does ‘Me and the Devil.’  Unlike the prior song, the latter is more of a pure blues arrangement that shows some direct influence from Muddy Waters, Johnny Lee Hooker and other similar artists with its electric, mid-tempo arrangement.  The simplicity in the arrangement – Peyton’s vocals and guitar work set alongside drummer Maxwell Senteney and Peyton’s wife Breezy Peyton – adds to the song’s appeal.  The whole of the trio’s work makes the song sound so raw, throwing back to the golden age of the blues.  That simplicity and homage to a bygone era of blues creates a solid foundation for the song, on which the song’s lyrical content rests.

The lyrics at the center of ‘Me and the Devil’ (and Rev. Peyton’s delivery thereof) are simple yet so powerful in their own right.  Peyton sings here, “Me and the devil both coming for you/Nothing that you can do/Me and the devil both coming for you/Nothing that you can do/If I get you first/It will be worse.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Me and the Devil hunting side-by-side/Nowhere for you to hide/Me and the Devil hunting side-by-side/Nowhere for you to hide/If I get you first/It will be worse.”  The song continues using largely the same words from here on out, changing things very minimally.  The result is a very clear message.  The speaker is someone who is making it clear that he/she is coming after someone who has wronged the speaker and the speaker means business.  Again, it is a simple, clear-cut message that leaves nothing to doubt.  When that clear, simple message is coupled with the song’s equally clear, simple musical arrangement, the whole becomes yet another one of Poor Until Payday’s strongest points, but also hardly its last strong point.  ‘I Suffer, I Get Tougher’ is yet another of the album’s most notable entries.

‘I Suffer I get Tougher’ stands out, just as with the previously discussed songs, in part because of its musical arrangement.  This song’s arrangement is another pure blues arrangement that once again displays an influence of Muddy Waters and Johnny Lee Hooker through its simple, accessible guitar work and timekeeping from Maxwell Senteney.  Breezy Peyton’s washboard adds just enough flare to that mix to make the arrangement that much more enjoyable.  The whole of the trio’s work does so much to make the song enjoyable and entertaining, yet still manages to keep the song simple in the long run.  That alone makes this song stand out quite well.  Of course the song’s lyrical content does its own part to make the song stand out, too.

As with the other songs discussed here, this song’s lyrical content does just as much to make it stand out as its musical arrangement.  Peyton sings in this song, “Try to stop us/We ain’t slowin’/Try to kill us/We just growin’/All this wrong/We’re getting stronger/All this pain/We just obtain.”  He continues in similar fashion in the song’s second verse, singing, “Try to break us/We ain’t broken/Try to bend us/We ain’t foldin’.”  From there he sings in the song’s chorus again, “All this wrong/We’re getting stronger/All this pain/We just obtain/I suffer through/I get tougher, too.”  Peyton’s confident delivery of these lyrics couples with the song’s equally driving arrangement to make the song a no-nonsense song that is just as motivating and entertaining as any of the album’s other entries, showing once more why the album in whole is such a positive effort from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

One could easily stop at this point and say that this song and the others directly discussed here are without a doubt, clear examples of why Poor Until Payday is deserving of its new nomination (and its win if it indeed wins the award).  That just would not do the album justice, though.  ‘So Good,’ with its equally entertaining old school blues arrangement and uplifting anti-drug lyrical message, ‘Frenchmen Street,’ with its infectious tribute to classic Dixieland and Delta Blues (and of course to New Orleans itself through its lyrical content) and the album’s title track, which pays tribute to all of the people who work paycheck to paycheck across America can just as easily be used to show Poor Until Payday’s strengths.  When they are considered along with the three songs noted here and the remaining four not directly noted, the album in whole proves itself more than deserving of any nomination and award that it receives.  Simply put, from start to end, this 10-song record proves that it is a rich new offering from one of the best names in the blues community today.  Poor Until Payday is available now.  More information on Poor Until Payday is available online now along with all of Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s news is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Nominated For “Best Blues Rock Album” At 2019 Blues Music Awards

Courtesy: Family Owned Records/Thirty Tigers

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has a big reason to be happy today.

The band’s latest album Poor Until Paday has been nominated for Best Blues Rock Album of 2019 by the Blues Foundation.  The 2019 Blues Music Awards are scheduled for May 9 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN.

The band’s ninth full-length studio recording, Poor Until Payday has garnered critical acclaim from various mainstream outlets, such as Rolling Stone CountryGuitar World magazine and American Songwriter since its release via the band’s own Family Owned Records and Thirty Tigers early last October.

Front man and band namesake Reverend Peyton was humble as he talked about the band’s nomination.

“We are so honored to be nominated for a Blues Foundation, Blues Music Award,” he said.  “I’ve dreamed of being nominated for a BMA practically my whole life.  Thanks for noticing this record y’all.  Poor Until Payday is up for Best Blues Rock Album.  Just floored by this.”

Poor Until Payday has generated three hit singles — ‘You Can’t Steal My Sunshine‘ and ”Poor Until Payday‘ and ‘It Is Or It Ain’t‘ — since its release.  Audiences will get to hear both songs and many more during the band’s upcoming tour dates starting Feb. 16 in St. Augustine, FL. The band’s tour schedule — noted below — runs through Sept. 1 in Cookeville, TN.

2019 Tour Dates:
2/16/19 – St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
2/17/19 – Sebastian, FL – Earl’s Hideaway
2/20/19 – Boca Raton, FL – The Funky Biscuit
2/21/19 – Stuart, FL – Pirate’s Cove
2/23/19 – Clearwater, FL – Clearwater Sea Blues Fest, Coachman Park
2/24/19 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
2/26/19 – Chattanooga, TN – Songbirds South
2/27/19 – Dahlonega, GA – The Crimson Moon
2/28/19 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
3/01/19 – Newport News, VA – Boathouse Live
3/02/19 – Snowshoe, WV – Homegrown Music Festival
3/03/19 – Richmond, VA – The Tin Pan
3/05/19 – Greenville, SC – Gottrocks
3/06/19 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
3/07/19 – Winchester, VA – Bright Box
3/08/19 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
3/09/19 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
3/10/19 – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
5/31/19 – Minden, WV – Mountain Music Festival
9/01/19 – Cookeville, TN – Muddy Roots Music Festival

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Reckless Kelly Announces More Live Dates In Support Of ‘Sunset Motel’

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Reckless Kelly has added more dates to its current tour schedule.

The band announced this week that it has extended its current tour, in support of its new album Sunset Motel, through December.  The new dates will see the band performing live in Idaho, Oklahoma, and a number of cities throughout its home state of Texas.  The band’s new tour schedule is listed below.

Tour Dates:
10/15: The Backyard – Waco, TX
10/21: City Winery – Atlanta, GA
10/22: Don Gibson Theater – Shelby, NC
10/23: The Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA
10/24: World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE
10/25: City Winery – New York, NY
10/26: Bull Run – Shirley, MA
10/27: F.M. Kirby Center – Wilkes-Barre, PA
10/28: The Hamilton – Washington, DC
10/29: Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
11/1: The Kent Stage – Kent, OH
11/2: Evanston, IL – SPACE
11/3: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/4: Madison Theater – Covington, KY
11/5: City Winery – Nashville, TN
11/25: Brauntex Theater – New Braunfels, TX
12/1: Brewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi, TX
12/2: EQ Heights – Houston, TX
12/3: Schroeder Dance Hall – Goliad, TX
12/9: The Kessler – Dallas, TX
12/10: Love and War in Texas Lindale – Lindale, TX
12/15: Hoot’s Pub – Amarillo, TX
12/16: Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City, OK
12/31: Revolution Concert House and Event Center – Garden City, ID

 

Sunset Motel was just recently released in stores and online. It is the band’s first record for record label Thirty Tigers and the band’s ninth overall studio recording. It debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums Chart and # 12 on the magazine’s Country Albums Chart.  The band currently sits in the top spot on the Texas Regional Radio Report Chart and the CDX TRACtion Texas Monitored Radio Airplay Chart.  It also sits at #9 on the Americana Radio Chart.

Three singles from Sunset Motel have currently been released, ‘How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)’ being the first of those singles. The single was released by Rolling Stone Country ahead of the album’s release.  ‘Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now’ followed soon after courtesy of Taste of Country.  ‘Moment In The Sun’ is the latest of the album’s songs to be released.  It was recently debuted by Billboard.

As an additional bonus, Team Coco premiered Sunset Motel in its entirety for audiences to check out.  Audiences can purchase, order, or download Sunset Motel online now via Amazon and iTunes.

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