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Indiana roots rocker is an office -- and a Reverend, too

of the Oakland Press

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Josh Peyton is known as The Reverend — a nickname form his childhood, when he was considering entering the seminary — and a member of the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels.

He prefers the latter title.

“That’s a real high award, form the governor of Kentucky,” says Peyton, 29, who leads the acoustic, rootsy trio the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, which also includes his wife “Washboard” Breezy Peyton and cousin Aaron Persinger on drums. “It has to do with music and community service and things ... like a service award. It’s a really high honor.”

Peyton and company are also enjoying the distinction of being embraced by a wider audience — including the youthful, punk rock-loving crowd on the Vans Warped Tour — even if its music sounds remarkably different from the rest of that scene. But Peyton figures that’s why it’s proved so alluring to that audience.

“I guess when we first started playing out in front of people I was surprised at how fast things started going,” he explains, “how fast people were into it. But when I started becoming (aware) of what else is out there and how what we’re doing compares to that, I wasn’t so surprised.

“I feel like there’s maybe a little bit of a deficit in real, from-the-heart music. And we never set out to be some kind of museum-piece throwback, anyway; I want to write songs that are about here and now, and I want to take this music to new places — to take finger-style slide guitar, to places it’s never been.”

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band performs Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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