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A night full of raucous rockabilly,
Delta country blues and good
ole rock and roll

Supersuckers/ Jesse Dayton/ Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Club Congress
Tucson, AZ
October 30, 2016
Supersuckers
Supersuckers
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Jesse Dayton
Jesse Dayton

Review and photos by Frances Sealy

The 'Devil's Night Concert' staged by Club Congress was a night of raucous rockabilly, Delta country blues, and good ole rock and roll.

Veteran guitarist Jesse Dayton started things off with a set of songs from his newest album, The Revealer as well as his earlier works. The Texas singer/songwriter quickly gave the fans a synopsis of his past history that includes playing guitar for Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. As Jesse said, "I am the best promoter of myself there is." He demanded the crowd's undivided attention as he reached out for their enthusiastic participation. His swagger, sense of humor, and energy were infectious.

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band were next and as usual, it was a great set. The problem with having three bands in the same show is that the sets are shorter than normal. That was the case with Reverend Peyton. The Big Damn Band consists of only three members: Josh "The Reverend" Peyton on guitars and lead vocals, "Washboard" Breezy Peyton on washboard, percussion and vocals, and Maxwell Senteney on drums and a five gallon plastic bucket.

Josh masterfully plays a steel Dobro resonator, a three-string cigar box, a Gibson flat top, and an Eastwood, Airline Map electric guitar. He plays bass with his thumb as his fingers pick the melody at the same time. "We didn't learn to play at some school. I didn't have a rich producer daddy, no wealthy benefactor uncle. I learned to play on the front porch." Regardless of how he trained, Reverend Peyton is a mesmerizing stage presence as he picks and sings his way through the set. As Josh said, "it is real human hands playing real instruments plugged into electricity."

Breezy Peyton seemed to be the glue that keeps the band on track. Her hands were gloved for protection as she vigorously stroked the washboard or shook the tambourine. She was dressed for the part of the front porch mama. She always lights the top of the washboard on fire toward the end of the show. This show was no exception. (I'm sorry I missed the shot.) The fans danced, sang and gleefully stomped their feet into the next set.

The Supersuckers originated in Tucson as an alt-country rock band. They profess themselves to be the greatest rock and roll band in the world. The sound was more like country rock during this show as they kept the momentum going. The band has found favor with notables such as Eddie Vedder, Steve Earle, Lemmy Kilmister, Robin Zander, Steven Van Zandt, and more. Regardless of your take on this band, the show was an intensive guitar–driven, rocking set.

The current permanent members are Eddie Spaghetti, vocals and bass, 'Metal' Marty Chandler on guitar and vocals and 'Captain' Chris Von Streicher on drums. For this show and tour, Jesse Dayton played second lead guitar and vocals. The set was fast and furious. The Devil's Night Concert was a complete winner.

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Supersuckers
Supersuckers
Jesse Dayton
Jesse Dayton
Jesse Dayton
Jesse Dayton
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Jesse Dayton
Jesse Dayton
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Supersuckers
Supersuckers

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