With the bluesy dexterity of Leadbelly and the driving rhythm of a punk guitarist, Rev. Petyon, known to most as “The Rev.”, is an unmistakable voice in contemporary American roots music. The Rev. draws on fingerpicking traditions from the ‘20s and ‘30s in his guitar technique, as well as the legacy of the great American slide guitar players. The Rev. is a virtuoso in the true sense of the word in that he not only knows how to fire off scorching leads; he can (often simultaneously) lay down a wicked rhythm and dive into solos that require the most nimble of fingers. Joined by Breezy Peyton (washboard and supporting vocals) and Ben Bussell (drums and supporting vocals), The Rev. is readying for the 2015 release of his fifth studio venture, So Delicious. Below you can stream “Let’s Jump a Train”, a chugging number that displays The Rev and his Big Damn Band’s rhythmic intensity.
The Rev. tells PopMatters more about jumping trains: “The song is about adventure, travel, and doing the things you are scared of doing. It is about stepping out into the unknown, taking leaps of faith. At it’s heart it is about us taking to the road. Musically, it is has a driving finger style bass rhythm with my thumb that I am very proud of. All of the bass and lead are one guitar.”
So Delicious is out on 17 February 2015 via Yazoo Records.