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  • I Ain't Gonna Drink No More - Not Much I Ain't Gonna Drink No More - Not Much Quick View

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    I Ain't Gonna Drink No More - Not Much

    Vinyl reissue of the session recorded by music historian George Mitchell in the summer of '67 in Memphis, TN.


    Corley was part of the same jug band scene that spawned Will Shade, Gus Cannon, Furry Lewis, etc.

    Dewey Corley & Walter Miller
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  • Beale Street Saturday Night Beale Street Saturday Night Quick View

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    Beale Street Saturday Night

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    Memphis' Beale Street had been a hub of music and activity since the
    1860s. As it was being plowed under for "urban renewal" in 1976, James
    Luther Dickinson-who had played with The Stones, Ry Cooder and the
    Flamin' Groovies (later with Bob Dylan and the Cramps among others), as
    well as produced Big Star, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Alex Chilton (also,
    The Replacements, Green On Red, and Mudhoney )-decided to not only
    celebrate the legacy of great Memphis music, but make it back into the
    place where both the blues and rock 'n' roll originated.


    A camaraderie of Memphis musicians, photographers, artists, thespians
    and "appropriate weirdos" gathered under Dickinson's direction to record
    the heart of Beale Street-past and present. From Furry Lewis and Sleepy
    John Estes to Sid Selvidge and Dickinson's own Mud Boy & The Neutrons,
    Beale Street Saturday Night is an unparalleled audio trip through Memphis
    music history. Recorded in places varying from artists' homes, to Ardent
    Studios, to The Orpheum Theatre, Beale Street Saturday Night was originally
    created as a fundraiser for the Memphis Development Foundation.
    This reissue will serve a similar purpose as a portion of the proceeds will
    go to support the radio program Beale Street Caravan which focuses on
    Memphis music, new and old.


    Beale Street
    Saturday Night features new liners from Jim Lancaster (who worked on
    the original issue) and previously unseen photos. This first ever reissue
    of Beale Street Saturday Night was done under the supervision and with
    the blessing of the Dickinson family, and it finally makes widely available
    this important music and historical Memphis document for new audiences
    to discover.


    In 1977, Memphis was officially declared "Home of the Blues" by an act
    of Congress. So, welcome home.

    1. Walkin' Down Beale Street - Sid Selvidge
    2. Hernando Horn - Fred Ford
    3. Beale Street Blues - Grandma Dixie Davis
    4. Big Fat Mama/Liquor Store - Sleepy John Estes
    5. Ol' Beale Street Blues - Prince Gabe
    6. Furry's Blues - Furry Lewis
    7. Rock Me Baby- Teenie Hodges
    8. Rock Me Baby - Alex
    9. "Ben Griffin was killed in the Monarch..." - Thomas Pinkston
    10. Frisco Blow - Johnny Woods
    11. On The Road Again - Mud Boy & The Neutrons
    12. "Mr. Handy Told Me 50 Years Ago." - Thomas Pinkston
    13. Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird - Furry Lewis
    14. Roll On, Mississippi - Grandma Dixie Davis
    Various Artists
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    Front Porch Sessions

    Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David "Honeyboy" Edwards.


    That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band America's foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev's new release, The Front Porch Sessions. Peyton's dazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev's irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose "When My Baby Left Me" receives a memorable reading.


    "It started as a literal whim on my part, but it turned into something really special," Reverend Peyton says of this new collection. "I wanted it to feel like you're on my front porch. You can almost hear the wood creaking."


    The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener "We Deserve a Happy Ending" to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of "One More Thing" to the rollicking, playful swagger of "Shakey Shirley," "One Bad Shoe" and "Cornbread and Butterbeans." Meanwhile, the instrumentals "It's All Night Long" and "Flying Squirrels" demonstrate the Rev's nimble, imaginative guitar work."


    I didn't have much planned when I went into the studio," the Reverend notes. "I went into the studio with some new songs and some old songs that I've always wanted to try. At first, I thought 'Well, maybe we'll make it a download or release a single.' But it took on a life of its own, and when it was all said and done, I was as proud of it as anything I've ever done. To me, it was a lesson in not overthinking things; I just went in and let my gut guide me."


    We recorded this album at a studio called Farm Fresh, which is right down the street from my house," he continues. "It's in the shade of the oldest poplar tree in Indiana, and there's a graveyard next to it and train tracks run across there. In fact, I think you can hear the train on one track on this record. The studio's in an old church, and the main sanctuary is the tracking room, so the haunting reverb that you hear is that room.


    "We used a lot of vintage gear in the recording. I love that organic sound, and I'm always chasing that in everything I do. I just like things that feel timeless. Feeling timeless to me is way more important than feeling old. When you try to make something sound old, you're trying too hard."


    That lifelong pursuit of musical authenticity was instilled in his musical consciousness while Peyton was growing up in rural Indiana, where his early love for blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles gave him a sense of direction that would soon manifest itself in his own music. He and the Big Damn Band won a large and loyal fan base, thanks to their tireless touring efforts and high-energy showmanship, along with such acclaimed albums as Big Damn Nation, The Gospel Album, The Whole Fam Damnily, The Wages, Between the Ditches, So Delicious and the Charlie Patton tribute disc Peyton on Patton.


    Despite his prior achievements, the Rev views The Front Porch Sessions as a personal creative milestone.


    "This record's very personal for me, because so much of it is just me," he says. "The Big Damn Band is on there, but it's mostly me. There's washboard only in a couple of songs, and the drum kit is a suitcase drum set that we put together in the studio. It's a snapshot of the week we spent in the studio, but it also represents a lifetime of me building up to it."


    The Front Porch Sessions has also spawned a series of audio-vÉritÉ companion videos, many of them shot on the Rev's actual front porch, that embody the album's intimacy and immediacy. "A lot of these songs started on the porch, and that's what the videos are," he says. "I'd be pickin' and go, 'I like the way this sounds, let me get my camera.'"


    Reverend Peyton has already begun to integrate The Front Porch Sessions' spare approach into the Big Damn Band's expansive live shows, which are renowned for their intensity and abandon.


    "In a lot of our shows in the past few years, we'll take a break and I'll come out and do a song or two by myself," he explains. "That brings things down and allows me to do some songs like this. We're definitely gonna be doing more of that, so there's definitely gonna be moments in the shows where you're gonna hear a lot of these songs. We may also do some Front Porch Sessions shows, and maybe present some of our other songs in a more stripped-down way. We did one earlier this year as kind of a test, and that worked really well.


    "Over the years, our shows have gotten more dynamic," he continues. "The ups are more up and the downs are more down. That's something that's important to me. If I go and see a show and someone's just standing there and staring at their feet and singing their songs, I feel insulted. That's not a performance. I want to know that you're living that song, not just regurgitating it. I don't think artists should seem like they're too cool for their audience."


    The Rev's dedication to delivering the goods on stage is reflected in his flamboyant performance persona. "The Rev is me," he states. "Sometimes that freaks people out, because the person who's on stage is exactly the way I am offstage. I don't know how to separate myself from my music, because it's so personal to me. My mom calls me Rev; it's been my nickname since I was a teenager. It was a name that was given to me by some friends, and it sort of stuck.


    "I'm one of those people who feels everything really hard, for better or worse," he continues. "If I'm angry, I'm really angry. If I'm sad, I'm really sad. If I'm happy, I'm really happy. So onstage, I tap into that. There are certain songs that I can't play on some nights, because they're just too sad. That may be the rantings of a crazy person, but it's the God's honest truth."


    With The Front Porch Sessions showcasing his expanded musical palette, Reverend Peyton is excited about bringing his new music to his fans.


    "I really think it's one of the best things I've ever done," he asserts. "I'm interested in making hand-made American music, and the goal is to be timeless."

    1. We Deserve a Happy Ending
    2. When My Baby Left Me
    3. Shakey Shirley
    4. What You Did to the Boy Ain't Right
    5. One Bad Shoe
    6. It's All Night Long
    7. One More Thing
    8. Flying Squirrels
    9. Let Your Light Shine
    10. When You Lose Your Money
    11. Cornbread and Butterbeans
    Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
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