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Big Damn Nation CD

4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Second full length album release by the three piece American country blues band from Brown County, Indiana.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Family Owned Records
  • ASIN: 5558255331
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steven J. Hoffman on December 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
No, these guys (actually two male, one female) are not gonna win awards for instrumental virtuosity or musical creativity. They have a couple of basic grooves and they pound 'em 'til they can't pound no more.

But every now and then, bands who play a basic, primitive musical style do it so well that you're glad they stick to what they do. Rev. Payton and his Damn Big Band is one of those. There is a level of joy in this album that is hard to define - maybe it's just the joy it engenders in the listener (at least this listener!) ... it's like I put on this CD and some "joy" switch in my right-brain just clicks on.

The style of music they play owes a lot to the droning North Mississippi Hills style of blues (a la Bukka White, Fred McDowell, R.L. Burnside), more than Delta blues. Some of their songs feature Piedmont blues style fingerpicking (but backed by ferocious drums, in the Mississippi style).

Perhaps the standout cut is the last cut, which is the only solo track on the album. The Reverend's vocals on "Sugar Man" will boil your spinal fluids. That is one serious track.

Did I mention that I love this band?
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Not your daddy's Blues. This is the stuff you only heard from the deep south in the twenties and thirties. Some call it country blues, some call it pre-war blues, some call it delta blues, but I call it a damn good time. Highly recommended!
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The sound you get from those driving drums, the relentless guitar then the texture of that washboard kicking into a song like Old Man Boogie stars your whole leg tappin. If you have any experience with slide-playing you have to fight to keep from looking like an air-guitar fool. Sure, vocals can be a bit mumbly but that's what you get from a band that just does their own thing.

These songs are performed with love and conviction. There are great covers and wonderful originals. I find myself singing this stuff all day long.

Finally, if you hear them live, I dare you to keep sitting(barring any medical conditions). They were thrilling and they just keep touring and touring and playing and playing.
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By wshoov on September 13, 2006
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I first learned of this band at a local show and found their style to be refreshing. They have great energy. Their songs do however seem to blend together but I think that the range of their sound will expand with time. Worth investing.
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Just heard this @ an outdoor bar @ Indiana Beach cranked up. Had to ask the bartender who these guys were? Noticed people around me were also digging it. This CD is a must for anyone who loves old time deep(Wash Board, Dobro Guitar & Singing) Delta Blues with great groove & feel. Just ordered this & looking forward to recieving my cd.
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The friend who introduced me to them absolutely nailed it - "This is what it would sound like if the Minutemen made a blues album".

I understand the roots of blues talk that I've seen connected to the band, but what can't be said enough is that this record is going to kick your butt and steal your lunch money.
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