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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at the Eiteljorg June 1

by User Not Found | May 23, 2013

For Immediate Release                                      For More Information:
                                                                        DeShong Perry-Smitherman
                                                                        Public Relations Manager
                                                                        (317) 275-1352


 [NOTE: Media interviews available with Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Contact Eiteljorg public relations to set up dates/times.]


Spring concert celebrates museum’s Guitars! Roundups to Rockers exhibit

Indianapolis, IN – A blast of hillbilly passion and Delta blues will captivate audience members when Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band hits the stage at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

The group known for its incendiary live shows promises to bring the heat - with a ferocious blues explosion never before seen inside the walls of any museum. Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, plays a brand of Americana and Blues music that stands alone. The band’s new album, “Between The Ditches,” chronicles their Indiana roots.

 "I love guitars,” says the good Reverend. “The guitar has shaped my whole life, and given me a career where I get to travel the world and play music… I know it is a museum, but wine and cheese crowd be warned. We still plan to rock the place!" And because Reverend Peyton plays everything - from a 1930s National guitar to a cigar box, his act fits right in with the museum’s popular Guitars! exhibit.

“I am going to be performing songs in honor of the exhibit from my personal collection of rare, vintage, and custom guitars,” he says.  Here are the details on the June 1 show:
Attendees must be 21 and older
$15 general admission
$10 Eiteljorg Museum members
Tickets may be purchased by calling the museum at 317-636-9378.

According to their website, the Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and distant cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger, who make up the trio, are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Ind., home. Their June 1 concert will fill the museum with music that celebrates the growl of a good truck engine, passion for their country upbringing and the importance of family.

Guests will also get to enjoy the Guitars! Roundups to Rockers exhibition. They’ll be able to see more than 100 guitars—owned by greats including Roy Rogers, Charlie Christian, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Woody Guthrie, Buddy Holly, Les Paul and others. Guitars! explores the Western connections of the instruments and artists who have provided the soundtrack for America. It runs through Aug. 4.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Reverend Peyton prior to the June 1 show, please contact DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager at (317) 275-1352 or


The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. Through its Project New Moon campaign, the museum is attracting new audiences with dynamic new interpretations of its mission. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit Our address is 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204.


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