Peyton Tochterman first visited us on Folk & Beyond in January of 2006 as Peyton Tochterman & High Society, and backed by a fabulous band that gave the songs a jazz bent that was unique and infectious. Peyton now returns to perform solo for this feature, showcasing tunes from his debut national release, “A New World”, with the excitement of the CD’s release event tomorrow night at the Southern on the downtown mall in Charlottesville a mere hours away. Please tune in………. you will be glad you did.
Born in Virginia and living in the musical hotbed of Charlottesville, “A New World” was produced by Sam Wilson (Sons of Bill), and the project features songstress Stacey Earle and nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul. Peyton is and has been many things. A former sports writer, a cancer survivor, a former NCAA athlete (if you call being ninth out of a possible ten on his golf team athletics)… He’s been hit by a train, had Kenny G.’s grand piano fall on his head, gotten to pick out Trisha Yearwood’s dress one night (they settled on the red one, by the way), has made Yo Yo Ma laugh with a joke and can’t remember what joke, has helped cast bronze monuments and sculptures for renowned sculpture Cy Twombly, has traveled across America on Harleys with his dad, and to the far reaches of western China to record monks blowing really, really big horns… And through it all, he has been a songwriter. Peyton has the privilege of being the first to step foot on stage and perform at the illustrious Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA, and has shared a stage with the likes of Levon Helm, Robert Earl Keen, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Richard Buckner, Sons of Bill, Ellis Paul, Old School Freight Train. Peyton will also be touring with and opening for Ellis Paul through the upcoming year.
"Peyton Tochterman has an old soul’s gift for writing the ageless, earthy songs that define what is best about American Music. His songs carry the weighty truths that make life less of a burden for those who hear them." ~Ellis Paul
Submitted by Aer Stephen, WTJU Folk