Spotlight: The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Caffe Lena – Albany Times Union

In an interview with music site thevinyldistrict.com, Josh “Reverend” Peyton recounted meeting his wife, Breezy, who accompanies him on washboard. They got together at her place and bonded over a shared fondness for the early bluesman Charley Patton. Then they went to the Indiana state fair where Josh won a large stuffed bear as a prize. “I was yelling ‘Big damn bear!’ We just had a great time. I had never met anybody before my own age that knew who Charley Patton was.” Of such moments are born relationships — they married a few years later — and in this case, a band name. “We named the band after the big damn bear,” Peyton told thevinyldistrict.com. Peyton began playing guitar as a kid, but chronic hand pain nearly derailed his musical aspirations, preventing him from playing for a year during which he has said he spent hours imagining himself playing again. Eventually, surgery allowed him to stop dreaming and resume playing. He met Breezy while recuperating, and the two began the musical journey that brings them to our area. Their sound has been described as “thick, bass-heavy, blues-based guitar figures and growling vocals accompanied by muscular but minimal drumming and the metallic percussive scratch of a washboard. … wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White.” For a sense of what that sounds like, check out the rollicking “You Can’t Steal My Shine,” currently the featured video on their website, bigdamnband.com. The song is from “Poor Until Payday,” the group’s ninth and most-recent album. Opening the show will be JD Wilkes, founder of the Legendary Shack Shakers, whose “southern surrealist lyrics and banjo accompaniment dusts off the old-time mountain tradition and rockets it into a new world,” according to publicity materials.

8 p.m. Saturday. $28. Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. 518-583-0022. caffelena.org.

— Joe Stalvey