Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Rod Hamdallah, Liar's Trial
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.
With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers.
Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White.
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Garage Rocker, Rod Hamdallah has been tearing up the southeast's vibrant music scene since before he was old enough to order his first drink. At 16, Rod began soaking up the Southern Delta Blues and Garage Rock sounds at a relentless pace; Influenced by early Soul, Blues and Garage Rock, Rod took his sound to another level. At 17, he started sharing the stage with influences such as, Sean Costello, Dexter Romweber and more.
Rod's original musical elements are rooted in Blues, Garage and Early Soul. Low-fidelity, dark storytelling and American Roots Music play a big part in the song writing. He creates a sound that can be likened to artists such as, The Flat Duo Jets, Captain Beefheart and The Black Keys.
Debut EP ‘Think About It’ came out May 1st 2014. Garage Rock and Lo-fi Bluesy vocals throughout all 5 tracks. The single "Think About It" keeps your head shaking with dirty guitar and a punk attitude, while the soulful vocals keep their place. "Carry You Home" featuring Colonel J.D. Wilkes of Th' Legendary Shack Shakers adds banjo and dreamy Wurlitzer piano to the Bluesy western tune. You can hear hints of The Black Keys and Jack White.
Crafting a sound from all influences and personal experience with dynamic variation and melodic vocals.
Rod is currently touring.
Crossing the genres of classic country-western and old-school rock and roll, Liar's Trial is one of the latest bands to come out of the midwest to represent the outlaw country spirit that was founded by the likes of Jennings, Kristofferson, Haggard and Nelson. Barn-burning tempos, gallows humor, shout-a-long choruses and eerie balladry comprise the heart and soul of Liar's Trial's repertoire. This band is just as comfortable pounding out anthems to a packed rock and roll club as it is wailing that lonesome sound to a honky-tonk full of good ol' boys. In fact, Liar's Trial has done just that... having supported everyone from country legends, David Allan Coe and Billy Joe Shaver, to Opry newcomers, The Steel Woods and country-punk mainstays, the Waco Brothers.