Rev. Peyton greets the crowd, Exit/In, Nashville, photo - Brad Hardisty

Rev. Peyton greets the crowd, Exit/In, Nashville, photo – Brad Hardisty

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band  brought The Big Damn Blues Revolution Tour to Exit/In after playing SXSW last Wednesday night to an enthusiastic Nashvillian crowd along with Jimbo Mathus and opener Alvin Youngblood Hart.

Alvin Youngblood Hart, Big Damn Revolution Tour, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo- Brad Hardisty

Alvin Youngblood Hart, Big Damn Revolution Tour, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo- Brad Hardisty

The Rock Block became on old fashioned blues stomp beginning with Grammy award winning Alvin Youngblood Hart, born in Oakand, California with West Coast roots, Alvin spent a lot of time in Mississippi hearing stories about Charlie Patton and has some firm roots in early blues traditions as well as going nasty on the electric when he wants to be.

Jimbo Mathus, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Jimbo Mathus, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

Jimbo Mathus, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Jimbo Mathus, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

The whole show had a Mississippi feel to it when Jimbo Mathus hit the stage with The Tri-State Coalition on the heels of his latest release White Buffalo. Jimbo is well known for mixing it up with a line between traditional country, Mississippi Blues, Southern Rock and anything he feels like mining for his own song structures. A true southern boy, his band burned through a set of Mississippi Country Blues.

Rob McCoury on banjo with The Big Damn Band, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Rob McCoury on banjo with The Big Damn Band, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

Breezy Peyton, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Breezy Peyton, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

Rob McCoury came in as a surprise guest during The Big Damn Band set with Breezy kickin’ it on the washboard and Aaron “Cuz” Persinger on the skins.

Jimbo, Alvin and The Rev, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Jimbo, Alvin and The Rev, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

Late jam session, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, The Big Damn Revolution Tour, photo - Brad Hardisty

Late jam session, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, The Big Damn Revolution Tour, photo – Brad Hardisty

Alvin Youngblood Hart, Electric Warrior, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo- Brad Hardisty

Alvin Youngblood Hart, Electric Warrior, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo- Brad Hardisty

Towards the end of the set, Jimbo and Alvin came on for an all-out jam, first as an acoustic trio, then the full Big Damn Band with Alvin switchin’ to a big ol’ heavy Les Paul.

Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

Breezy and The Rev, Exit/ In Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Breezy and The Rev, Exit/ In Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

Reverend Peyton makes Nashville a regular stop. He can cross lines between the Americana, Roots, Country and blues scene which means he fits right in with the rest of us.

Rev. Peyton, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Rev. Peyton, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

Rev. Peyton, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo - Brad Hardisty

Rev. Peyton, Exit/In, Nashville, TN, photo – Brad Hardisty

–    Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN   thenashvillebridge@hotmail.com

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