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Concert photos: The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (with Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition and Alvin Youngblood Hart) at the Old Rock House, Thursday, March 7

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Kelsey McClure
Written by Kelsey McClure

Alvin Youngblood Hart wrapped his hand around the neck of his guitar as though there wasn't a better thing to hold on to. He played the blues, and that's all there was to it.

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition followed, taking the blues and supercharging them. Mathus -- with his slight southern drawl, curly blonde hair and fancy snakeskin boots -- is the kind of man Glen Campbell painted a picture of in "Rhinestone Cowboy." Backed by the Tri-State Coalition -- which was well-versed in rock 'n' roll -- he warmed up the crowd for what was soon to come.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band gave the Old Rock House a lesson in blues guitar. "I play the bass part with my thumb and then I'll play the guitar with the rest," said the Reverend. He made sure we knew just what to expect from him. He laid out the problem with American music -- "Nobody knows who Charlie Patton is" -- and played a few riffs to introduce the unknowing to the splendor of blues. Then he demanded that it was time for each and every person in the crowd to "lose their shit," and kicked into the Peyton tunes that cause fists to pump and heels to stomp.

All photos by Kelsey McClure.

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