The Shady Nook presents
1st Annual Nook Fest: Made In The Shade
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Matthew Curry, Chicago Farmer, Edward David Anderson, The Neon Moonlighters, Electroplated, Drew and Joe, Chris Corkery
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
There aren't a lot of Warped Tour vets who can claim proficiency in the use of washboards, bottleneck slides and five-gallon buckets. Most didn't spend their teens playing along to Charlie Patton and Bukka White albums. And just about none are fronted by a commissioned member of the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels.
But the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, who appeared for two weeks on the 2009 Warped Tour and will be on the entire 2010 tour, are all that and more. With wild sing-a-longs and flaming washboards, their live shows have been converting skeptics left and right.
Now, with the May 25 release of "The Wages," the soulful, swinging country-blues trio proves they're more than just a world class live band. Their second album for SideOneDummy Records, it was produced by Paul Mahern (Zero Boys, John Mellencamp) and recorded in the band's Big Damn Tradition: live in the studio with no overdubs on honest-to-goodness analog tape.
Appropriate to our times, "The Wages" is thematically rooted in the blues tradition of hard-bitten reality matched with enduring optimism.
There are songs that deal with crystal meth abuse and the disappearance of the American family farm ("In a Holler Over There"), the cost of living ("Everything's Raising"), unrequited love ("Sure Feels Like Rain") and, of course, murder ("Lick Creek Road").
But the Reverend's brood also celebrates rural life on "Born Bred Corn Fed," serves up danceable sing-a-longs like "Clap Your Hands," and offers renewed hope for hard times in "Just Getting By."
The Big Damn Band is very much a family affair, with the good reverend on finger-style resonator guitar and lead vocals, his wife "Washboard" Breezy Peyton on washboard and vocals, and distant cousin Aaron "Cuz" Persinger on drums and bucket. The band's home base is deep in the hills of Southern Indiana's Brown County, which boasts a population of 14,957. (Or 14,954 when the band's out on the road playing close to 250 gigs a year, including appearances at the Austin City Limits festival and tours with Flogging Molly, Derek Trucks, and Clutch.)
"I grew up in the country, and rural life and rural culture has shaped me and my music," says Reverend Peyton, who really is a Kentucky Colonel, just like Elvis Presley, Roy Rogers and Tiger Woods. "I have been playing music since I was a little kid. I am pretty sure we are on to something now."
That combination of authenticity and originality is evident throughout "The Wages," driven by the trio's big damn vocals and melodies, gutbucket guitar playing, and foot-stomping rhythms, all in service of songs that are honest and moving, devoid of irony or artifice.
"We may be few in numbers, but we sound big," says Washboard Breezy. "And I think we stand for something big too. Even if sometimes it's just that it is okay to be a regular person."
Matthew Curry will be headlining to ring in 2014 in Castle style after a busy tour that took him to St. Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, and Nashville. Matthew’s band now includes drummer Tim Kramp, bassist Tim Brickner, and Mike Nellis on keyboards. Matthew has played with the greats since the start - jamming regularly with Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison, Bryan Lee, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Matthew Curry is a 2013 inductee into the prestigious Brotherhood of the Guitar sponsored by Guitar Center, Ernie Ball, and Fender Guitars and he was featured in the UK’s widely-read Blues Matters.
Matthew Curry’s first CD, "If I Don't Got You" received high marks in the International Blues Competition. “Blinded By the Darkness” won in the best blues song of the International Songwriting Competition. Matthew was also one of five international finalists in Ampeg’s “Straight-Up Tone” competition. In 2012 "High Water Everywhere" was featured on the House of Blues Radio Hour Emerging Artists. “If I Don’t Got You” is one of NPR’s “5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing” in their Heavy Rotation. With Matthew’s mature vocals, range of guitar sounds, and The Fury rocking as tight as ever with solid arrangements, his second CD “Electric Religion” is already receiving popular and critical acclaim both in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Matthew Curry & The Fury played in major summer festivals including the Merchant Street Music Festival (Kankakee, IL) Mississippi Valley Blues Festival (Davenport, IA) Prairie Dog Blues Festival (Prairie du Chien, WI) the Ride Festival (Telluride, CO) and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR, and the Chicago Blues Festival. Earlier this summer Matthew opened for Foreigner in several cities including Bloomington, Chicago, and Nashville.
Chicago Farmer sings on the title track of Backenforth, IL, out January 22, 2013. It’s the centerpiece of his sixth collection of Guthrie-inspired populist songs, as well as autobiographical. The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow mid-westerner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80. “I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town,” he shares. Growing up in Delavan, IL with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs. He writes music for the “kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way,” he says. “My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work hard – many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12 hour days. That’s what keeps me playing. I don’t like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns.” He listened to punk rock and grunge as a kid before discovering a friend’s dad playing Hank Williams, and it was a revelation. Prine and Guthrie quickly followed. The name Chicago Farmer was originally for a band, but the utilitarian life of driving alone from bar to bar, city to city – to make a direct connection to his audience and listener, took a deeper hold. Songs like “Workin’ On It,” are the kind of sing-a-longs he’s known for; it’s become common to see whole rooms full of strangers erupt and sing to the choruses of his songs on first listen. While “The Twenty Dollar Bill” is more sentimental, reminding everyone of that time their own Grandma surreptitiously passed along a little cash to hang onto. Chicago Farmer plans to continue touring relentlessly to support the new album. With Backenforth IL, he solidifies that wherever he is, that’s where he belongs, that’s where the songs will be written and sung, and that’s where the music will be played.
Edward David Anderson
i play in the bands Magic Box, Anders Edison, and Backyard Tire Fire and also play lots of solo and duo shows. when i'm not gigging, i'm teaching kids how to play music together at the Bloomington Rock School (which i own and operate).
i love my wife, my family, our animals, music, and the game of baseball.
The Neon Moonlighters
The Neon Moonlighters is a 3 piece acoustic string band that plays cover songs ranging from old standards to modern favorites, as well as a few original songs.
Drew and Joe
Acoustic, Classic Rock, & Country with special guest vocalist, Samantha Rae
Born from the endless silo towns of the rural Midwest and it's fertile music scene, including Backyard Tire Fire and Chicago Farmer, comes singer/songwriter Chris Corkery. He is armed with a sound that is influenced by the beautiful heartbreak of singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt mixed with the roots-based rock of Alejandro Escovedo and Chuck Prophet. Chris has been playing backwoods honky-tonks and barrooms all around Illinois from Chicago to St. Louis for the last 10 years. His songs could be called "dusty roots pop" in some cases, but above all, the vibe and sound-scape he creates through the lyrical stories and melodies of his songs is something all of it's own. From cutting his teeth as frontman of the Bloomington, IL., heartland rock group "The Dirty Hands Band," Chris has forged ahead in his solo outings to create something heartfelt and unique that stands out from his peers in the Midwest music scene.
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