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The Reverend Peyton s Big Damn Band. And a pig.
The Reverend Peyton s Big Damn Band. And a pig.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band only features three players, but this act makes a big damn sound.

Saturday, the band kicks off the Larimer Lounge’s 2010 concert season and makes a solid return to Denver.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has been enticing fans with its modern twist on country blues. The group amps up the sounds on its acoustic instruments and cranks out hardcore roots music.

If you go

Who: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, with Tin Horn Prayer and The Widow’s Bane

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: $13

It’s working, because the band’s innovative sounds just earned Peyton and his crew a summer-long ride on the Warped Tour.

“We’re really excited about coming back to Denver’s renovated Larimer Lounge,” “Reverend” Josh Peyton said. “We’re going to be bringing our amped-up acoustic, rural roots music to town.

“This band has its own way of doing things, but it turns out to be pretty fun when all is said and done.”

Peyton started his musical project in Brown County, Ind. The band also features his wife, “Washboard” Breezy, and brother Jayme. The trio has logged in a lot of miles across the country, but it’s starting to pay off.

“We’re now working on our next album,” Peyton said. “We’ve been figuring out the right mixes and the right way to amplify the sound. The songs are better, the playing’s better and the picking’s better on this record.

“We’re at the top of our game and this record’s closer to our live sound. The new songs are about friends, family and about where we live. There are songs about murder and crystal meth, but there are also songs about hog roasts and the good stuff that takes place where we live.”

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is looking at a busy 2010, and the Larimer show may be the only small gig the band plays in Denver.

“We’ll be having lots of fun at the Larimer Lounge,” Peyton said. “We’re going to play songs the listeners know and try out the new stuff. These new songs will be fresh out of the oven.

“We’re also playing the entire Warped Tour, Europe and festivals this summer. And we’re hoping the new record will bring us closer to our fans.”

Under a Blood Red Sky

Tribute bands are still a hot commodity in Colorado, and this weekend Boulder hosts Under a Blood Red Sky.

Under a Blood Red Sky is ready to rock the Boulder Theater on Saturday. The local band focuses on U2’s earlier days, and presents a show worthy of Bono and his crew.

“2009 was a great year for our band,” vocalist Billy “Bono” Bunting said. “The economy hurt us a little bit, but we got to play more summer festivals and more markets. We’re now set to play a House of Blues tour in April.

“And it doesn’t hurt that U2 will be touring this year. That’s helping us out. If you can’t see U2, we’re the next best thing. There’s still a huge audience for tribute bands and our fanbase keeps growing!”

Under a Blood Red Sky will be playing its debut show at the theater, so the group’s pulling out all the stops.

“We’re really a concert band and we needed a bigger space to play,” Bunting said. “For the Boulder Theater, we’ll be playing a lot of the material from U2’s War era. We’ll also do the standard hits, and play songs from The Joshua Tree and other albums.

“We’re going to bring out all the energy of U2’s earlier records, and we’ll do a handful of new songs.”

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