Visit with living legend Edwards, on of the last links to the classic Delta blues of the 1920s and 30s. He imparts wisdom and wit while reminiscing about his life and friends, including Robert Johnson. Included are detailed demos and thrilling performances of solo country blues, slide and lead guitar, boogie bass lines, and more, with a detailed booklet of key musical examples.
This DVD is the lively biography of the nanogenarian delta bluesman. The film delivers the blues, its roots, personal accounts of the deep south before the civil rights movement, heartfelt stories of Edwards' missed recording opportunities, and life on the road. Included are appearances by B.B. King, Sam Carr, the late Willie Foster, and others. Although his name is barely known outside blues circles, David "Honeyboy" Edwards's influence has stamped itself across the genre.
The music has the unforced feel of (Chicago's) blues of the late 30s and 40s without once sounding anachronistic. The five musicians (playing as a quintet) share the vocal duties, providing striking contrasts…All the material is original in the true sense, not just old blues with reshuffled lyrics and new titles, and the quintet interprets it with real conviction. Horton is featured on seven of the seventeen numbers. ~ Manchester, England Evening News
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. The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener "We Deserve a Happy Ending" to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of "One More Thing" to the rollicking, playful swagger of "Shakey Shirley," "One Bad Shoe" and "Cornbread and Butterbeans." Meanwhile, the instrumentals "It's All Night Long" and "Flying Squirrels" demonstrate the Rev's nimble, imaginative guitar work."