Photo by Darcy Ferris
by Matthew Martin
I'm going to do something a little unusual here. I'm going to tell you about one of my favorite days I can ever remember up until this point in my life. On Saturday, September 15th, I made a pretty big life change. I married my best friend and it was amazing. It was in front of a church built in the 1800s with much of its stained glass still intact. The weather was perfect, if a little hot (but, it's September in TN, what can you expect). All that was something I could never forget. But, then we got to the reception and it was the most fun I've had at a wedding (yeah, I know I'm biased) because we did something a little unusual: we got one of our favorite bands to play our wedding. That band is Great Peacock.
One of the first dates my wife and I went on was to see Great Peacock at Hill Country here in DC. It was a hell of time back then, and time has done nothing but made Great Peacock better. One of our concerns with having a band many of our friends had never heard of (not for lack of our trying, I want to add) was whether or not people would be inclined to dance to songs they didn't know. This turned out to be a ridiculous concern as people were out on the small dance floor we had and the surrounding grass almost immediately.
When we were talking to the guys in Great Peacock, we made it clear that we didn't want them to be a wedding band, we wanted them to be exactly who they were. So, if they wanted to play a couple covers, those covers should be songs they wanted to do, not songs we wanted them to do. Although, I will say that we requested for them to play "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty for our first dance and it was perfect.
Needless to say, they ripped through their songs at near perfection. They played songs from their first and second albums, which we love. They played songs such as "Take Me To The Mountain", "Tennessee" (which my dad specifically requested), "Miss You Honey", and "Let's Just Get Drunk Tonight." Oh, and on "Let's Just Get Drunk Tonight" the guys let me come up and play harmonica. Now, I'm not one to usually do something like that because of things like, oh I don't know, over a hundred people looking back at me, but my wife and I talked about it and this was something she really wanted me to do. I'm glad I did, because the joy it brought my family was special.
Photo by Darcy Ferris
They ended their night on "Desert Lark", that is, until the 150+ people at the wedding shouted for them to play one more song. So, they played their always hell-on-wheels version of Whiskeytown's "Hard Luck Story." It was the perfect cap to the perfect day. Maybe it was the moonshine my dad was handing out (don't ever question my country bonafides, son), maybe it was the joy of being at a wedding, or maybe it was the perfect backdrop of an old pre-Civil War era cabin, but this was by far my favorite time seeing Great Peacock perform.
When we had set out to thinking of the reception, we asked ourselves what could possibly make our special day even better. We kicked around a DJ, we kicked around a bluegrass band, but ultimately we thought we'd share with everyone the band that we both believe in and genuinely love. Sometimes it's hard to convince people to go to a show of a band they'd maybe only heard of but with busy schedules just never got around to checking out. So, we wanted to make it easy for them. And, we also knew that the music would be perfect. And it was. We had aunts, uncles, cousins, old friends, new friends, grandmothers, and our parents out there dancing, throwing their hands up, and shouting with reckless abandon. It was a magical moment and it wouldn’t have been close to being possible without Great Peacock. They picked up new fans from Dallas, TX to London, UK.
So, on that note, I'll leave this by saying, go see that band your friends have been raving about. You don't know how much your presence might mean and you might also find your next favorite band. The guys in Great Peacock make some of the best music out there right now. I am confident in saying that. They are tight, they are professional, and they have all the chops you'd want from a band. And, to top it off, they are genuinely some of the nicest dudes I have met. I'm glad we got to share this special day with them. Go see em and go buy their music wherever you buy music.
|Photo by Matt DeFina|
Great Peacock's latest album, Gran Pavo Real, is available on Spotify and all the usual locations.