Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Lyle Lovett has, for the past decade and a half or so, worked in a format he dubbed "Lyle Lovett and His Large Band," in which he performs brassy country music with a coterie of 15 or more musicians. The Indiana outfit known as Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band similarly takes a bit of license with the implications of their moniker, but in a decidedly more ironic way; no matter how you count, three people does not a big band make. But a big racket does, nonetheless, issue forth from the guitar-playing Reverend, his wife (who plays, uh, washboard) and his drummer brother. Their raw, hard-driving country blues is a far cry from the anyone's expectations of a big band, but in the same way that labelmates and patrons Flogging Molly have transcended Irish punk rock beyond Boston bars, the Peytons gleefully bash out numbers like "Walmart Killed the Country Store" in a way that's both steeped in tradition and appropriate for this New Depression. JASON FERGUSON

Fri., Jan. 15, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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