On Friday night, The Southgate House Revival was the place to be.
Maria Cerrelli and Joe Macheret opened up the night at The Southgate House Revival to a packed house. The duo had everyone’s attention from the get go. If you haven’t seen these two play together, you need to go rectify that immediately. I have seen many guitar duels in my day, but these two are on point.
Next up was Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Breezy ran on stage with the Rev right behind her. Thunderous applause announced their arrival. Reverend Peyton has a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles. He is a force when you see him on stage. The energy that he and Breezy bring is contagious.
Breezy’s facial expressions while on stage could really be a show of their own. She exudes confidence. When she isn’t tearing up the washboard, she is a master on the tambourine and working the crowd.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band recently released The Front Porch Sessions and he broke out tunes from the new release as well of the classics. One of the new songs, “Flying Squirrels,” the Rev told the crowd was written about giant squirrels that were tearing up he and Breezy’s house.
On the encore, the Rev took a seat and gave Breezy center stage. They then closed out the night together on “Two Bottles of Wine.” The crowd was a frenzy. Then Breezy lit her damn washboard on fire! A fitting end to a great night of music at The Southgate House Revival.