The Big Damn Blues Revolution Tour will bring together three artists who are both master musicians and amazing showmen. With five stops across New York in November, The Reverend Peyton, Dom Flemons and J.D. Wilkes will take the blues-roots-folk music that they love and live on a unique tour. Each night will culminate with a special jam session featuring all three artists.
The tour begins November 6 in Asheville, N.C., then heads north for a date in Brooklyn at Knitting Factory on November 13. From there, shows in Saratoga Springs (Nov 16), Syracuse (Nov. 19), Buffalo (Nov. 20) and Corning (Nov. 21) will bring blues-driven folk across the Empire State.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, a 2019 Blues Music Award nominee, includes the Reverend’s wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton, drummer Max Senteney and is led by the Reverend Peyton, considered to be the premier fingerpickers playing today. A singularly compelling performer and persuasive evangelist, the rootsy, country-blues styles that captured his imagination early in life led him to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. The recently released album Poor Until Payday debuted at #1 on the iTunes Blues Chart and #4 on the Billboard Blues Chart.
Joining Reverend Peyton is Don Flemons, who draws from a repertoire of more than 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. A Grammy Award winner and two-time Emmy nominee, Dom Flemons is known as “The American Songster” and is a music scholar, historian, and multi-instrumentalist – an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. His 2018 Smithsonian Folkways release Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010 and were nominated for Best Folk Album in 2012.
J.D. Wilkes is a true Renaissance man — musician, visual artist, author, filmmaker, and self-proclaimed “Southern surrealist.” Also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (notably on harmonica and banjo), Wilkes has recorded with Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, Mike Patton, and Hank Williams III. Wilkes is perhaps best known as the founder of the Legendary Shack Shakers, a Southern Gothic rock and blues band whose fans include Stephen King, Robert Plant, and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra. Rolling Stone named Wilkes “best frontman” at the 2015 Americana Music Association Festival for his performance with the band.
Big Damn Blues Revolution Tour Dates:
Wed., Nov. 6 ASHEVILLE, NC The Grey Eagle
Thurs., Nov. 7 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. The Ramkat
Fri., Nov. 8 RALEIGH, NC The Pour House Music Hall
Sat., Nov. 9 LEESBURG, VA Third Annual Chad Dukes Veterans Day Jamboree @ Tally Ho Theater; without Dom Flemons
Sun., Nov. 10 ANNAPOLIS, MD Rams Head On Stage
Tues., Nov. 12 BOSTON, MA City Winery
Wed., Nov. 13 BROOKLYN, NY Knitting Factory
Thurs., Nov. 14 SELLERSVILLE, PA Sellersville Theater 1894; without Dom Flemons
Fri., Nov. 15 TUCKERTON, NJ Lizzie Rose Music Room; without Dom Flemons
Sat., Nov. 16 SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY Cafe Lena; without Dom Flemons
Sun., Nov. 17 HAMDEN, CT Space Ballroom
Tues., Nov. 19 SYRACUSE, NY Westcott Theatre; without Dom Flemons
Wed., Nov. 20 BUFFALO, NY The Tralf
Thurs., Nov. 21 CORNING, NY Corning Museum of Glass
Fri., Nov. 22 MORGANTOWN, WV 123 Pleasant Street
Sat., Nov. 23 COLUMBUS, OH Woodlands Tavern
Fri., Nov 29 INDIANAPOLIS, IN The Vogue; without Dom Flemons
Sat., Nov 30 NEWPORT, KY The Southgate House Revival; without Dom Flemons