Blues, Brews and Barbeque is back for the second year. We have an amazing night of entertainment featuring Cheryl Rutz & Lewis Street Soul, Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, as well as beer from local breweries and food trucks.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band America’s foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev’s new release, The Front Porch Sessions. Peyton’s dazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev’s irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose “When My Baby Left Me” receives a memorable reading.
Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations
As a founding member of the critically acclaimed progressive roots outfit Moreland and Arbuckle, vocalist/harmonica player Dustin Arbuckle has been working hard on the road for over a decade. After 15 years, 7 albums, and hundreds of shows across 23 countries, Moreland & Arbuckle have chosen to amicably go their separate ways.
As one door closes, another opens, and Arbuckle is now ready to explore a wide range of music with his new project, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations. A musician of vast appetites, he’s long held an appreciation for traditional American music in the vein of Charley Patton as well as the cross-pollinated sounds of The Band or Stax-style soul.
The Kansas native marks hearing the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” as his earliest music memory, becoming an astute devotee of the blues by the time he’d reached his teens. “That turned out to be a jumping off point, though,” he says. “I always loved Howlin’ Wolf, but as I got older and started opening my mind to a wider range of music, I’d turn around and listen to the Allman Brothers Band, then Johnny Cash, Sam & Dave, or Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. I hope you’ll hear some of that reach with The Damnations.”
Arbuckle is eager to take to stages with The Damnations. “This is a time to shake things up a bit and see what comes out,” he says. “The direction the music will go in isn’t set in stone and that’s a cool place to be at the moment.” He adds that he hopes to record with a version of the group in the near future. “I think this will open new possibilities for songwriting too,” he says. “It feels like anything could happen.”
Cheryl Rutz & Lewis Street Soul
Vocalist CHERYL RUTZ began singing at a young age, largely encouraged by her father. He put her in the spotlight at the tender age of ten, after countless hours, months, and years in the basement of their rural Kansas home – dad on guitar as he coached her to sing. She would continue to sing with her dad for many years, as well as other local country bands around the Kansas region, …and then she found the blues. Introduced by a great friend, Cheryl felt an immediate connection with blues music and has been singing it ever since. Most recently she was the lead vocalist for DownsideUp. Excited to back in the music scene, she is thrilled to be sharing the stage with some of her favorite musicians.
Backing her are the men that make up Lewis St. Soul, composed of musicians with many years of combined experience and exceptional talent:
Guitarist, AMOS VEGA, known for his fiery guitar work, has played with many local bands over the years including Troubled Times, The Five Heartbeats, Slight Return, Salad, 100 Mile Radius, Jimmy Lewin & The Kingtones, Zafaja, The T-N-T Rhythm Band and Bruce Lacey. Always the blues and roots enthusiast, influenced by greats such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and B.B. King, Amos has been blessed to share the stage with many greats such as Berry Harris, Pat McJimsey, Jimmy Lee Robinson, Major Handy, Myra Taylor, Marquise Knox and Jimmy D. Lane.
Tearing up the organ is local favorite PAUL DRAPER, who played his first gig at age 14. Paul has continued playing for the past 52 years with various musicians and bands in Kansas and Massachusetts. His musical travels have taken him all over the nation coast to coast, recording in many studios, such as those in Hays, KS; Salina, KS; Blue Springs, MO; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; and Albuquerque, NM, with a solo album to his credit.
On bass guitar, providing the band’s smooth low end, is RANDY GOBLE. Randy grew up in a musical family with grandpa playing the banjo, and mom, brother, aunts, and uncles all playing in many bands. Continuing the family gift giving, Randy has blessed many bands in the last 45 years, playing all types of music including Country, Rock, Gospel, and Smooth Jazz.
Keeping the band in the groove is drummer DAVE RUTZ. Dave also started as a youngin…at age 15 he was playing in a house band with Bob Jennings & The Big Beats. He also was part of The Troupers (sporting some rock star hair with many stylish tuxedos and platform shoes!!) He is most known around the area for his drum stylings with the Freed band, LIX, and DownsideUp.
Local Craft Brews
This event will feature beers from:
- Hutchinson’s Salt City Brewing Company
- El Dorado’s Walnut River Brewing Company
- A sampling of a few other regional craft beers
Please Note the Following:
- If you haven’t already pre-purchased your ticket, the cost will go to $25 at the gate!
- Tickets purchased after September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm will be available either:
- For pick up at the Newton Now office:
- Tuesday 10am – 9pm and Mon.
- Wed – Fri. – 10am – 5pm
- At will call.
- For pick up at the Newton Now office:
- For more information and updates on the event, visit www.harveycountynow.com/bbb.