|Reverend Peyton in front of Dockery Farms (photo by Bill Steber)|
Peyton recreates eleven of Patton's most beloved songs on Peyton on Patton, including a high-octane 90 mph version of "A Spoonful Blues," "Mississippi Boweavil Blues," "Tom Rushen Blues," "Green River Blues," and "Shake It and Break It." He also delves into Patton's gospel sides, including "Jesus Is A Dying-Bed Maker," "Prayer of Death, Part 1," and "You're Gonna Need Someone (When You Come To Die)."
Central to the disc are three decidedly different versions of the classic "Some of These Days I'll Be Gone," first on conventional acoustic guitar, a second "hopped-up" version on banjo, and a third version featuring some lovely slide guitar.
Peyton's masterful guitar work is the highlight of this disc. His goal in making this recording was to stay as true to the original music as possible. He did the entire recording in one day, using one microphone...the same way Patton had done it over eighty years earlier.
Over eighty years after his first recordings, Charley Patton's music is still influencing musicians. Not many artists can claim that sort of staying power, but there's still much to be heard in those scratchy old recordings.
Peyton on Patton is highly recommended listening. When you get down to it, it's nothing more than Reverend Peyton paying tribute to one of his guitar heroes, but each note played and sung shows that was a labor of love for the good reverend.....one that we are fortunate enough to hear for ourselves..