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The Wages by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Released: May 2010
Label: Side One Dummy Records
A new drummer boisterously passes his entry exam, and Indiana's loudest old-timey barn-dance trio raises its own stomping, swerving stakes. In fact, as the Reverend stresses in one key cut, nearly "Everything's Raising" nowadays -- gas, groceries, our ages; just not our wages. The bum economy ("In a Holler Over There," about starving kids and meth labs, and "Just Getting By," about living hand to mouth) and impending senior citizenry (in "Redbuds") are obsessions elsewhere too. But it's nothing fermented grapes can't help, as the Cajun frat-punk jig "Two Bottles of Wine" makes clear.
CHUCK EDDY

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