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Pattern Magazine - Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Feature

Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band make it no secret that they love Indiana and everything that it stands for.

If you had any doubts about the strength of that belief, one look at the Indiana-shaped tattoo on his right arm that reads “Corn Bred and Corn Fed” should clear that right up for you.

Or maybe it’s the fireman’s hatchet that Reverend likes to carry in his suitcase whenever he can. Reverend jokes that he likes to keep it around for intimidation if he ever needs it, but his wife and loyal washboard player Breezy points out that the hammer on the back makes changing buttons on his denim suspenders a lot easier.

But even Reverend’s clothes are all about the midwest. They come custom-made courtesy of Zace Myers Overall Company. Myers, an Ohio native, is a blueberry farmer that just so happens to love scouring Indiana barns for denim because his other passion is crafting hand-sewn jeans and overalls. Handmade and original, just the way that Reverend likes it.

“That’s one of the things I love about Indiana, “ Reverend said. “It’s different here than around the country. Things are handmade here, so I try and keep my music the same way.”

After performing at festivals and shows in every single one of the lower 48 states and in over 30 countries across the globe, the Big Damn Band doesn’t let the difference between Indiana and the rest of the world hold them back. Instead, it fuels them forward.

“At this point in our career, we could live anywhere we wanted,” Breezy said. “This is where we want to live though. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

It’s hard not to be inspired by Reverend or Breezy when you hear them talk about their love and devotion for their state. Reverend talks about Indy the same way that he talks about his beloved 1935 National Trojan, his oldest guitar that he makes sure to take to every show and photoshoot that he can. For someone who is known for having a large collection of vintage guitars to play for his band’s travel, Reverend holds this one in a special place. The dark wood is marred by scars acquired from years of playing and use, but in his eyes it might as well be a work of priceless art.

“I would trade my entire collection for this guitar right here. I love it,”  Reverend said. ”“This is one of the wood-bodied Nationals. It gives off a much better sound than the steel or brass ones.”

Unique is something that the Big Damn Band strives for. At the end of the 2011 Van’s Warped Tour, that the Big Damn Band toured with, the traveling catering company said that they loved Reverend’s band the most. When asked why, they said that the Big Damn Band was the only band, that ever once said “thank you” to their employees during the tour.

When reminiscing about that story, Reverend just smiled and offered the explanation,

“We’re from Indiana, that’s just how we’re raised.”


Eric ReesPattern