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Showing posts with label Dege Legg. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BROTHER DEGE RELEASES NEW "SCORCHED EARTH POLICY: DELUXE" STUDIO ALBUM ON CD JULY 24TH!

DIFFUSER.FM PREMIERES BROTHER DEGE'S NEW TRACK "PAY NO MIND"! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
 
BROTHER DEGE CURRENTLY ON MAJOR EUROPEAN TOUR / U.S. SUMMER TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
 
 
The Deep South's forgotten son comes banging out of the gates with his third album under the Brother Dege moniker, Scorched Earth Policy: Deluxe, morphing his signature Delta, sonic-slide sound (as heard in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained official soundtrack) into the psyouthern, psych swamposphere. Joined by his touring band, The Brethren, Brother Dege & Co. push these 12 tracks into rural cinematic realms, adding their post-millennial update to the southern rock & roll lexicon. 

Following his two previous acclaimed solo efforts (2009's Folk Songs Of The American Longhair & 2013's How To Kill A HorseBrother Dege released a unique 19-track digital-only "summer mixtape" last year entitled Scorched Earth Policy, featuring a mix of newly recorded studio songs, demos, covers and field recordings. Now Dege has updated it into a more cohesive studio album, Scorched Earth Policy: Deluxe paring down some of the rougher demos and field recordings and has added four new studio tracks to it. This is the first time any of these 12 songs will be available on CD. 

Brother Dege's Scorched Earth Policy: Deluxe will be available July 24, 2015 on CD and digital formats.
 
SCORCHED EARTH POLICY: DELUXE TRACK LISTING
(* new studio tracks)
1. Set It Off
2. Pay No Mind *
3. Somewhere *
4. Day I Was Born
5. Supernaut
6. Yellabone
7. Tower Of Babel
8. Revolution
9. Souls of the Darklands *
10. Calabasas *
11. Jones For War
12. Way of the Lamb
 
 
BROTHER DEGE 2015 TOUR DATES:
GERMANY, AUSTRIA, LUXEMBOURG
BROTHER DEGE & THE BROTHERHOOD OF BLUES
06.05.15 Heiligenhaus – Der Club 
08.05.15 Fürstenfeldbruck – Veranstaltungsforum 
09.05.15 Bitburg – Eröffnung Kultursommer, Open-Air-Bühne auf dem Spittel
10.05.15 Langenfeld – Schauplatz
12.05.15 Kaiserslautern – Kammgarn, Cotton Club
13.05.15 Langenau – Pfleghof 
14.05.15 CH-Aarau – KIFF
15.05.15 A-Hard – Kammgarn 
16.05.15 Oelsnitz/Vogtl. - Katharinenkirche 
17.05.15 Ilmtal (Thüringen) - Saal Kleinhettstedt 
18.05.15 Ingolstadt – KKB Neue Welt 
19.05.15 Waldkraiburg – Haus der Kultur 
20.05.15 Wetzlar – Franzis
21.05.15 Unna – Lindenbrauerei
22.05.15 Torgau – Kulturbastion

FRANCE
23.05.15 Strasbourg, France, La Popartiserie

HOLLAND
BROTHER DEGE & THE BROTHERHOOD
24.05.15 Wilhelmina - Eindhoven
25.05.15 (Place TBA) - Drachten 
29.05.15 Sniester, (Den Haag) Netherlands
30.05.15 EKKO, Utrecht, Netherlands
31.05.15 - De Hip - Deventer 
03.06.15 - Vera - Groningen 
05.06.15 Volt Club, Sittard, 
06.06.15 Blues Festival, Leeuwarden
(U.S. SUMMER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!)
 
 
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT BROTHER DEGE:
"Frankly, every track on the Brother Dege CD could have been in the movie [Django Unchained]. It works and has a badass score sound to it. Almost every song could be a theme song. It’s like a greatest hits album. But this song 'Too Old to Die Young'... it’s pretty damn badass. And it’s used in the movie in a pretty damn badass way, I’ve got to say.” - QUENTIN TARANTINO
 “Fans of slide guitar, Southern gothic, or plain old rock & roll attitude need to run, not walk, and check out Brother Dege ASAP. Brother Dege is a case study in how one guy with a steel guitar and minimal accompaniment can out-rock a roomful of electric bombast, given the right songs, the right skills, and the right voice. Brother Dege has‘em all.” – POPMATTERS
 “[Four Stars] In lesser hands all this might easily sound contrived, but instead it’s genuinely powerful and compelling stuff. 'The Girl Who Wept Stones' and 'Dead & Gone' might have been ripped from the Son House songbook, though the seven-minute epic 'House of the Dying Sun' is the real keeper.” – UNCUT
 “Both ancient and modern, like an indie rock cover of something Lomax may have recorded a hundred years ago.” – BLOGCRITICS
 "... an updated perspective of the age-old Delta blues." - OFFBEAT MAGAZINE
 “Brother Dege brings the ghosts of kudzu-covered swamp rats to life in your speakers.  Find the darkest spot in your backyard, light some candles and turn it up.” – THE BIG TAKEOVER
 “... in the slide guitar Delta blues tradition, but with Legg’s own twist.” – CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BROTHER DEGE TO TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW "SCORCHED EARTH POLICY" 19-TRACK DIGITAL MIXTAPE!


BROTHER DEGE HITS THE ROAD IN SUPPORT OF HIS NEW
"SCORCHED EARTH POLICY" DIGITAL SUMMER MIXTAPE OUT NOW!
 
DEGE SHARES HIS NEW SONG "SET IT OFF"


Ever since his music has been featured in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained as well as the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel, Brother Dege (AKA Dege Legg) can no longer lay claim to being "one of the best kept secrets in the Deep South." Dege is a musician, writer, workingman and heir to a long line of unusual characters born and raised in the southern U.S. Like the mad lovechild of Son House, Faulkner and Patti Smith, Legg has burned a crooked trail to the Promised Land. Avoiding traditional career paths, he has spent as much time exploring the backwoods weirdness of his home state as he has forging his own brand of incendiary, "psyouthern" roots music. The journeys are parallel. Since the late '90s, Dege has pushed slide, resonators, and the Deep South, kicking and screaming into the 21st century, melding elements of folk, Delta blues, punk, rock, metal, hippie ragas and outlaw county into one blasted, raw whole.

Following his two previous acclaimed solo efforts (2009's Folk Songs Of The American Longhair & last year's How To Kill A HorseBrother Dege is now set to release a unique 19-track digital "summer mixtape" entitled Scorched Earth Policy, featuring a mix of newly recorded studio songs, demos, covers and field recordings.

Dege explains the idea behind his new digital mixtape project, "I'm a big fan of southern rap culture, especially DJ Screw (Houston) and screw tapes. I love how hip-hop has bred this vibrant mixtape culture, rapping over each other's beats and songs.  Some of the songs are raw and unmastered and of varying quality, but I love that."

"In no way am I trying to rap, I'm paying tribute to the culture of the modern south and mix tapes, and just applying that idea to the realm of the slide guitar, delta blues and experimentalism."

"In the modern world of Pro-tools recording, there's an overemphasis on things being perfect. Things do not have to be perfect.  Much of this obsession with perfection has sucked the soul out of a lot of bands.  New music can be raw and flawed - warts and all - and still releasable to the public."

Brother Dege's Scorched Earth Policy summer mixtape is available now digitally through iTunes & CD Baby.
 
BROTHER DEGE "SCORCHED EARTH POLICY" TOUR:
June 19 - Mud & Water, Baton Rouge, LA
June 20 - Beatniks, New Orleans, LA
June 21 - Green Bar, Tuscaloosa, AL
June 22 - The Nick, Birmingham, AL
June 25 - Ashley Street Station, Valdosta, GA
June 27 - LL Creek, Waycross, GA
June 28 - Flicker Bar, Athens, GA
July 3 - Tin Roof, Charleston, SC
July 5 - Double Door, Charlotte, NC
July 10 - Pour House, Raleigh, NC
July 19 - Blue Moon Saloon, Lafayette, LA
July 25  - Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN
July 26 - The Studio (BAA), Memphis, TN
(more dates to be announced soon)

SCORCHED EARTH POLICY - SUMMER MIX TAPE TRACK LISTING
01 Scorched Earth Intro (New Song)
02 Set It Off  (New Song)
03 The Day I Was Born  (New Song)
04 Yellabone  (New Song)
05 Tower of Babel  (New Song)
06 Revolution  (New Song)
07 Supernaut (Black Sabbath cover)
08 Powerline  (Husker Du cover)
09 The Zatan Boys (Spoken word reading of the Dege Legg’s book The Battle Hymn of the Good Ol’HIllbilly Zatan Boys)
10 Jones For War (Demo)
11 Speaking Tongues (Demo)
12 Way of the Lamb (Demo)
13 Haunted Heart (Demo)
14 Bombs Away (Demo)
15 Flower Power Chain Gang (Demo)
16 Promised Land (Demo)
17 Operation- Have U Never Been Mellow (Field Recording)
18 Mamou (Field Recording)
19 Yinning on a Yang (Field Recording)
 
 
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT BROTHER DEGE:
"Frankly, every track on the Brother Dege CD could have been in the movie [Django Unchained]. It works and has a badass score sound to it. Almost every song could be a theme song. It’s like a greatest hits album. But this song 'Too Old to Die Young'... it’s pretty damn badass. And it’s used in the movie in a pretty damn badass way, I’ve got to say.” - QUENTIN TARANTINO
 “Fans of slide guitar, Southern gothic, or plain old rock & roll attitude need to run, not walk, and check out Brother Dege ASAP. Brother Dege is a case study in how one guy with a steel guitar and minimal accompaniment can out-rock a roomful of electric bombast, given the right songs, the right skills, and the right voice. Brother Dege has‘em all.” – POPMATTERS
 “[Four Stars] In lesser hands all this might easily sound contrived, but instead it’s genuinely powerful and compelling stuff. 'The Girl Who Wept Stones' and 'Dead & Gone' might have been ripped from the Son House songbook, though the seven-minute epic 'House of the Dying Sun' is the real keeper.” – UNCUT
 “Both ancient and modern, like an indie rock cover of something Lomax may have recorded a hundred years ago.” – BLOGCRITICS
 "... an updated perspective of the age-old Delta blues." - OFFBEAT MAGAZINE
 “Brother Dege brings the ghosts of kudzu-covered swamp rats to life in your speakers.  Find the darkest spot in your backyard, light some candles and turn it up.” – THE BIG TAKEOVER
 “... in the slide guitar Delta blues tradition, but with Legg’s own twist.” – CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE 
FOR MORE INFO ON BROTHER DEGE:

Friday, January 4, 2013

BROTHER DEGE UNVEILS NEW VIDEO FOR "TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG" - THE SONG FEATURED IN TARANTINO'S "DJANGO UNCHAINED"!

 
BROTHER DEGE PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR HIS TRACK "TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG" - THE SONG QUENTIN TARANTINO HAND-PICKED FOR HIS NEW FILM "DJANGO UNCHAINED"
 

Brother Dege ("deej") (aka Dege Legg) is one of the best-kept secrets in the Deep South. A musician, writer and Southern enigma, Dege is the haunted face of 21st century Delta blues. Like the possessed offspring of Faulkner and Son House, he plays slide guitar in the age-old tradition of the blues greats, yet manages to breathe new life into this revered Delta idiom.

The reclusive Louisiana Cajun's song "Too Old To Die Young" was recently selected by Quentin Tarantino to appear in the soundtrack of his new film Django Unchained, which just opened in theaters on Christmas day.

Tarantino was recently interviewed on SiriusXM Radio’s show Little Steven’s Underground Garage last week where he discussed all of the music track-by-track from Django Unchained. Here’s what he had to say about Brother Dege’s song “Too Old To Die Young”…“I was listening to the radio and this song (“Too Old to Die Young”) came on. And I said, ‘wow… that’s pretty damn good.’ I could see a cool ass action scene going to this. I thought it could be really, really groovy. So I had my music supervisor get me the CD. And frankly, every track on the Brother Dege CD could have been in the movie. It works and has a badass score sound to it. Almost every song [on the album] could be a theme song. It’s like a greatest hits album. But this song 'Too Old to Die Young,' it’s pretty damn badass. And it’s used in the movie in a pretty damn badass way, I’ve got to say.”

The soundtrack for Django Unchained is out now.
 

"DJANGO UNCHAINED" SOUNDTRACK LISTING:
1. Winged
2. Django (Main Theme) - Luis Bacalov, Rocky Roberts
3. The Braying Mule - Ennio Morricone
4. In That Case, Django, After You...
5. Lo Chiamavano King (His Name Is King) - Luis Bacalov, Edda Dell'orso
6. Freedom - Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton
7. Five-Thousand-Dollar Nigga's And Gummy Mouth Bitches
8. La Corsa (2nd Version) - Luis Bacalov
9. Sneaky Schultz and the Demise of Sharp
10. I Got a Name - Jim Croce
11. I Giorni Dell'ira - Riz Ortolani
12. 100 Black Coffins - Rick Ross
13. Nicaragua - Jerry Goldsmith featuring Pat Metheny
14. Hildi's Hot Box
15. Sister Sara's Theme - Ennio Morricone
16. Ancora Qui - Ennio Morricone and Elsa
17. Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable) - James Brown and 2Pac
18. Who Did That To You? - John Legend
19. Too Old to Die Young - Brother Dege
20. Stephen The Poker Player
21. Un Monumento - Ennio Morricone
22. Six Shots Two Guns
23. Trinity (Titoli) - Annibale E i Cantori Moderni

“Too Old To Die Young” is from Brother Dege’s critically acclaimed album Folk Songs of the American Longhair, which in 10 smoking, original tracks, recharges the cannon of the Delta Blues for the next century. Recorded in a shed in southern Louisiana, the album bursts with barn-burning slide and Dobro drenched tunes that reel, rip and scream like a master class in backwoods songwriting, while taking epic swings into the ambient darkness with Paris, Texas-like passages into the great unknown. It’s haunted, it’s harrowing, and it rocks.

Avoiding traditional DIY, indie career moves and following his own quirky southern sensibilities, Dege is known for playing guerilla shows in gigs in the swamps, open fields, low rent motel rooms and even public bathrooms. In addition, he has supported himself at various times by driving a cab, working in auto shops and, more recently, homeless shelters.

Brother Dege is also putting the finishing touches on his second album How to Kill a Horse (due early in 2013) which promises to push the slide and the traditions of the Delta blues far into the darkness of the millennium.  

 
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT BROTHER DEGE:
 
“Fans of slide guitar, Southern gothic, or plain old rock & roll attitude need to run, not walk, and check out Brother Dege ASAP. Brother Dege is a case study in how one guy with a steel guitar and minimal accompaniment can out-rock a roomful of electric bombast, given the right songs, the right skills, and the right voice. Brother Dege has‘em all.” – POPMATTERS

“[Four Stars] In lesser hands all this might easily sound contrived, but instead it’s genuinely powerful and compelling stuff. 'The Girl Who Wept Stones' and 'Dead & Gone' might have been ripped from the Son House songbook, though the seven-minute epic 'House of the Dying Sun' is the real keeper.” – UNCUT

“Both ancient and modern, like an indie rock cover of something Lomax may have recorded a hundred years ago.” – BLOGCRITICS

“Brother Dege brings the ghosts of kudzu-covered swamp rats to life in your speakers.  Find the darkest spot in your backyard, light some candles and turn it up.” – THE BIG TAKEOVER

“Those willing to step into the Brother Dege abyss will likely reap its rewards.” – OFFBEAT MAGAZINE
 
FOR MORE INFO ON BROTHER DEGE:

FOR MORE INFO ON THE "DJANGO UNCHAINED" SOUNDTRACK:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

QUENTIN TARANTINO HAND-PICKS BROTHER DEGE'S SONG "TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG" FOR HIS NEW FILM "DJANGO UNCHAINED"

 
BROTHER DEGE'S SONG "TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG" HAND-CHOSEN BY QUENTIN TARANTINO FOR THE SOUNDTRACK OF HIS NEW FILM "DJANGO UNCHAINED" (OUT CHRISTMAS DAY)
 


Brother Dege ("deej") (aka Dege Legg) is one of the best-kept secrets in the Deep South. A musician, writer and Southern enigma, Dege is the haunted face of 21st century Delta blues. Like the possessed offspring of Faulkner and Son House, he plays slide guitar in the age-old tradition of the blues greats, yet manages to breathe new life into this revered Delta idiom.

Well, make that… was one of the best-kepts secrets… as the reclusive Louisiana Cajun's song "Too Old To Die Young" was personally selected by Quentin Tarantino to appear in the soundtrack of his new film Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.

Tarantino describes his method of utilizing music (old and new) into the soundtrack of Django Unchained [from the director's press release]: "I want to thank all the artists who contributed original songs (a first for me) to the picture. Most of these contributions came out of the artists' own inspiration and their illustration of the film's soul is invaluable. In addition to the new original songs I am also using a lot of older recordings on the soundtrack - many of which came from my personal vinyl collection. Instead of having the record companies give me new digitally cleaned up versions of these recordings from the '60s and '70s, I wanted to use the vinyl I've been listening to for years - complete with all the pops and cracks. I even kept the sound of the needle being put down on the record. Basically because I wanted people's experience to be the same as mine when they hear this soundtrack for the first time."

The soundtrack for
Django Unchained will be released on December 18th before the movie opens on Christmas Day.
 

"DJANGO UNCHAINED" SOUNDTRACK LISTING:
1. Winged
2. Django (Main Theme) - Luis Bacalov, Rocky Roberts
3. The Braying Mule - Ennio Morricone
4. In That Case, Django, After You...
5. Lo Chiamavano King (His Name Is King) - Luis Bacalov, Edda Dell'orso
6. Freedom - Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton
7. Five-Thousand-Dollar Nigga's And Gummy Mouth Bitches
8. La Corsa (2nd Version) - Luis Bacalov
9. Sneaky Schultz and the Demise of Sharp
10. I Got a Name - Jim Croce
11. I Giorni Dell'ira - Riz Ortolani
12. 100 Black Coffins - Rick Ross
13. Nicaragua - Jerry Goldsmith featuring Pat Metheny
14. Hildi's Hot Box
15. Sister Sara's Theme - Ennio Morricone
16. Ancora Qui - Ennio Morricone and Elsa
17. Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable) - James Brown and 2Pac
18. Who Did That To You? - John Legend
19. Too Old to Die Young - Brother Dege
20. Stephen The Poker Player
21. Un Monumento - Ennio Morricone
22. Six Shots Two Guns
23. Trinity (Titoli) - Annibale E i Cantori Moderni

“Too Old To Die Young” is from Brother Dege’s critically acclaimed album Folk Songs of the American Longhair, which in 10 smoking, original tracks, recharges the cannon of the Delta Blues for the next century. Recorded in a shed in southern Louisiana, the album bursts with barn-burning slide and Dobro drenched tunes that reel, rip and scream like a master class in backwoods songwriting, while taking epic swings into the ambient darkness with Paris, Texas-like passages into the great unknown. It’s haunted, it’s harrowing, and it rocks.

Avoiding traditional DIY, indie career moves and following his own quirky southern sensibilities, Dege is known for playing guerilla shows in gigs in the swamps, open fields, low rent motel rooms and even public bathrooms. In addition, he has supported himself at various times by driving a cab, working in auto shops and, more recently, homeless shelters.

Brother Dege is also putting the finishing touches on his second album How to Kill a Horse (due early in 2013) which promises to push the slide and the traditions of the Delta blues far into the darkness of the millennium.  

 
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT BROTHER DEGE:
 
“Fans of slide guitar, Southern gothic, or plain old rock & roll attitude need to run, not walk, and check out Brother Dege ASAP. Brother Dege is a case study in how one guy with a steel guitar and minimal accompaniment can out-rock a roomful of electric bombast, given the right songs, the right skills, and the right voice. Brother Dege has‘em all.” – POPMATTERS

“[Four Stars] In lesser hands all this might easily sound contrived, but instead it’s genuinely powerful and compelling stuff. 'The Girl Who Wept Stones' and 'Dead & Gone' might have been ripped from the Son House songbook, though the seven-minute epic 'House of the Dying Sun' is the real keeper.” – UNCUT

“Both ancient and modern, like an indie rock cover of something Lomax may have recorded a hundred years ago.” – BLOGCRITICS

“Brother Dege brings the ghosts of kudzu-covered swamp rats to life in your speakers.  Find the darkest spot in your backyard, light some candles and turn it up.” – THE BIG TAKEOVER

“Those willing to step into the Brother Dege abyss will likely reap its rewards.” – OFFBEAT MAGAZINE
 
FOR MORE INFO ON BROTHER DEGE:
http://degeleggnews.blogspot.com

FOR MORE INFO ON THE "DJANGO UNCHAINED" SOUNDTRACK:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BROTHER DEGE OFFERS FREE "WEHYAH" MP3 / LIVE @ NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST MAY 6TH!

BROTHER DEGE OFFERS FANS FREE DOWNLOAD OF HIS NEW SONG "WEHYAH" FROM HIS FORTHCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM "HOW TO KILL A HORSE"

CONFIRMED PERFORMANCE AT THIS YEAR'S NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL MAY 6TH!

[Brother Dege - photo credit: Paul Kieu]

If Robert Johnson were alive…he’d be stealing licks from this cat.

Louisiana born and raised Brother Dege (aka Dege Legg – Louisiana born, swampland mad genius, and also frontman for the Lafayette, LA-based rock band Santeria) is one of the best kept secrets in the Deep South – a writer, musician, artist, and a one-man band, pushing the resonator and slide guitar into the 21st century like some mad lovechild of Robert Johnson and Lou Reed. Mixing the traditional slide playing of the Mississippi Delta Blues masters (Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White) with the post-modern expressionism of Sonic Youth, along with some world-class songwriting, Brother Dege’s songs veer from haunted slide-guitar scapes to raw, Delta blues barn burners that take the listener on a trip into the south’s swampy rural past and the great unknown of the future. His previous critically-acclaimed full-length album Folk Songs of the American Longhair was voted one of the top blues and roots albums of 2010 in Europe and the U.S., and his song "Hard Row To Hoe" from this album was also used as the opening theme song for Discovery Channel's popular show After The Catch last year

Dege is currently on a strange roll: working in a homeless shelter (file under: “Gnarly Career Moves”), recording songs for his new album How To Kill A Horse in an empty warehouse, and disappearing for days in the backwoods of his native Louisiana.

Brother Dege will once again be pulled from his reclusive environs to perform at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 6th [11:20am at The Blues Tent] along with other acts that day such as Foo Fighters, Bonnie Raitt, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, as well as fellow Louisiana legends like The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wild Magnolias, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and many others.

Brother Dege will also be releasing his new song "Wehyah" digitally through iTunes, CDBaby and other online music shops on Tuesday, April 17th.


[Brother Dege's "Wehyah" single cover art: Brian C. Miller Richard]

HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT BROTHER DEGE:

“[Four Stars] In lesser hands all this might easily sound contrived, but instead it’s genuinely powerful and compelling stuff. 'The Girl Who Wept Stones' and 'Dead & Gone' might have been ripped from the Son House songbook, though the seven-minute epic 'House of the Dying Sun' is the real keeper.” – UNCUT

“Dege Legg is the Robert Johnson of the 21st century.” - ROOTSVILLE

“Both ancient and modern, like an indie rock cover of something Lomax may have recorded a hundred years ago.” – BLOGCRITICS

“Fans of slide guitar, Southern gothic, or plain old rock & roll attitude need to run, not walk, and check out Brother Dege ASAP. Brother Dege is a case study in how one guy with a steel guitar and minimal accompaniment can out-rock a roomful of electric bombast, given the right songs, the right skills, and the right voice. Brother Dege has‘em all.” – POPMATTERS

“Brother Dege brings the ghosts of kudzu-covered swamp rats to life in your speakers. Find the darkest spot in your backyard, light some candles and turn it up.” – THE BIG TAKEOVER

“Those willing to step into the Brother Dege abyss will likely reap its rewards.” – OFFBEAT MAGAZINE

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Brother Dege new release coming!!


In talking with Brother Dege he incicated that he is working on the follow up to Folk Songs of the American Longhair in an empty warehouse, working full-time in a homeless shelter, and trying to keep the family happy.

He going on a two week tour of Holland Nov. 3-13, in between recording.

Europe

Nov. 3 Rambler, Eindhoven, Holland

Nov. 4 Morrison's Pub, Rossum, Holland

Nov. 5 Nix bluesclub, Enschede , Holland

Nov. 6 De Groot, Eindhoven, Holland

Nov. 8 Cultuurhuis, Heerlen, Holland

Nov. 9 De Bromfiets, Bonheiden, Holland

Nov. 10 De Bunker, Gemert, Holland

Nov. 11 De Loods, Aarschot, Holland

Nov. 12 Blaublues, Haringe, Holland


Here's Dege's impressions on the new release: "Notes about the new Brother Dege record. It might be great. It might suck. But it won't be boring. I'm picking up where I left off with Folk Songs and charging further out there. There will be some raw barn burners on there, some slide-scape type atmospherics, and a gnarly hybrid of the two. I've got some ace in the hole tunes for this one that will either cement my legend in stone or damn it for an eternity."

I love this guy. Can't wait to hear the next release.

Bman

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

House of the Dying Sun - Dege Legg


FROM Brother's Dege's all-slide CD "Folk Songs of the American Longhair" . We reviewed this cd a few weeks back.
BROTHER DEGE On Tour
Apr 29
WTUL Radio Appearance | New Orleans 3:00 p.m.

Apr 29
One Man Machine/Bernard Piece House Party | New Orleans, Louisiana

Apr 30
The Nick | Birmingham, Alabama

May 1
TBA | Athens, Georgia

May 2
The Milestone Club w/Gideon Smith | Charlotte, North Carolina

May 4
The Garage | Winston- Salem, North Carolina

May 5
Market Street Coffee | Leesburg, Virginia

May 6
The Manhattan Room | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 7
Otto’s Shrunken Head | New York, New York

May 8
Goodbye Blue Monday | Brooklyn, New York

May 9
Don Pedro | Brooklyn, New York

May 10
AS220 Art Exchange | Providence, Rhode Island

May 11
The Armory | Somerville, Massachusetts

May 12
Midway Cafe | Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

May 14
Breakfast Club/HiFi | Cleveland, Ohio

May 15
SouthGate House | Newport (Cincinnati, OH), Kentucky

May 16
Reggie’s Music Joint | Chicago, Illinois

May 18
The Gramophone | St. Louis, Missouri

May 19
Trouser Mouse | Blue Springs/Kansas City, Missouri

May 20
The Lounge on Elm | Dallas, Texas

May 21
Fitzgeralds (8 p.m.) | Houston, Texas

May 29
Grant Street Dancehall (10 p.m., w/ Scott H. Biram) | Lafayette, Louisiana


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Folksongs of the American Longhair - Dege Legg


Long awaited review of Dege's new cd. You won't be disappointed. This cd is not like anything I've ever heard so it's hard to compare it. I know I like it. 10 songs and all enjoyable. It is a mixture of blues, folk swamp and primitive. There are subtle nuances of chants in the background of some songs and foot stomping rhythm... and of course always tasty slide dobro work.

I particularly liked Hard Road to Hoe, House of the Dying Sun, Dead and Gone, World's Longest Hot Dog. Black is the Night is the most straightforward song on the cd and the one most likely to get airplay.

Here's Hard Road to Row which is being used as the Theme Song for Discovery Channels After the Catch 2010.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Road blog: Brother Dege on tour - pt. 3


A WALK IN THE DARK
Lake Anna State Park, Virginia.
5.5.10
I’ve got a day off between NC and DC
So I’m doing some R&R.
Crashing at Lake Anna State Park in Virginia.
Place is empty, because it’s midweek.
But it’s beautiful.
Big lake. Lot trees and trails.
Only two other
campers in the camping lots.
Everyone keeps to themselves,
Which makes it extra quiet and isolated.
And kind of lonely.
But still pretty nice out here.
Night falls. I build a little fire.
It keeps me company
As the stars bloom and the
night sounds rev up
Like a high-whining nature engine.
I boil water over the fire and cook up some noodles.
Alone.
Looking around.
I question my decision to crash here.
It’s almost TOO quiet.
Like I said, it being midweek,
Everyone is working and the whole park
Is pretty empty.
Around midnight,
To combat the weirdness of being alone out here,
I grab the flashing light and go for a long walk
Down a trail in the woods.
It’s pretty rad.
When you turn the flashlight off,
You’re floating in a sea of darkness
With night critters and tree ghosts
Wandering about you.
It’s fun to try to walk in total darkness
Through the woods.
Strange.
The stars are bold and radiant,
Like a tarp thrown over with
Thousands of pinholes.
I return to the van.
Lay my head down.
Listening to the night sounds
Pressed up against the buzz of AM radio.
Darkness.
Sleep.
I wakehours later
When I hear a crazy noise
A bang of some sort.
Silence.
I realize it must’ve been noise from a dream.

VAN CHORES & PUNK ROCK YOGA
Every morning I wake and do my “van chores.”
Check the fluids on the van.
Change clothes.
Bag the dirty stuff.
Toss the trash.
Gobble some vitamins.
Charge the cell phone.
Eat a breakfast bar or some nuts.
Rearrange the back of van from Sleep Mode to Rolling Mode.
Drain water in the cooler.
Drop in a bag of ice.
Pensively smoke a cigarette and vibe my surroundings
While wondering what the day will bring.
I give thanks to God or the Higher Power Being of Unknownness
For the previous day and the coming day.
I try to tune my body to the natural order of the environment
And fit myself in there somewhere
In a harmonious way.
To where I don’t hurt anyone
And no one hurts me.
It doesn’t hurt to try.
Sometimes I even do some homemade windmill arm, yoga moves
That I made up.
I make sure no one is around while I’m doing them.
So people don’t think I’m crazy and call the cops.
It kind of looks like slow motion slam dancing.
But you’re just standing in place.
Punk rock yoga if you will.

PHILADELPHIA, PA
5.6.10
Philly’s nuts as far as civil engineering goes.
At least from what I can tell.
In order to get from Point A to B,
You’ve got to jump from one nutty highway
Or interstate to the next.
Nerve racking when you’re in a big ass van.
Strangely enough,
Not a lot of people were very gracious
In the Merge Dept.
You’d think if you’re driving a big ass van
With Black Bayou Ministries on the side,
People'd throw you a bone.
No, sorry.
They’re too wrapped up in the Rat Race Hustle
Of surviving.
It’s “me first, you later” mentality
That I really dislike.
It brings out the “manimal” in me,
And I get angry.
Why are people so petty?
What is about driving on a freeway
That brings out the petty stuff in human nature.
Because if you want to play hardball,
We can.
And I will.
And then you can call your lawyer.
Or go home and watch re-runs of Home Improvement
And eat a TV dinner.

Got to the club.
Cool folks.
Philly’s hip.
Four bands on bill.
Unfortunately, I get to play last,
Which means a late night.
Cool dude name Yuri Gohen on the bill.
Play’s rad kind of psychic time machine folk.
Good stuff.
http://www.myspace.com/yurigohen
Check him.
I bang it out.
Late night.
Too much beer.
The Greek owner, Billy, starts giving me
Free whiskey shots.
It gets sloppy from there.
I have to tell him to stop,
Because it could get weird.
I sit out in the back parking lot with the soundguy
After the show, talking 80s hardcore
Till 4 a.m...
Gang Green is playing the same club the night after me.
I park in an abandoned lot behind
A mom & pop corner grocery
And fall to sleep in the van.

9 a.m.
I wake it’s hot.
Step out.
Brush my teeth walking about the abandoned lot.
Old owner of grocery store, with a thick foreign accent, guy in his 70s
Comes out and tells me I have to move
Or leave
or whatever.
I love this side of America.
You can’t park here!
You scare me.
Where is the “This land is your land?”
Gone.
Now it’s “This land is my land and you scare me,
So leave or I will call the cops.”
At one time you could roam
And park and sleep almost anywhere.
Nowadays, you’ve got to creep around
Like a criminal just to find a secret place
To park and sleep.
They see a van and a guy sleeping in it
And they assume you’re Jed Clampett
From the Beverly Hillbillies
And you’ll be staying there a long time.
I tell the old man that I’m working,
I played a gig at the bar next door,
And will be leaving soon.
“Just so you stay on your side of lot,” he says.
“You worry about you and I’ll worry about me,” I tell him.
You gotta love it.
America.
It's not Love it or Leave it, anymore.
It's "Don't park here. Just LEAVE!"

HOW BIZARRE
I stopped at a Chilli’s
To use the bathroom really quickly
And get back on the road north.
As I was walking toward the bathroom,
I noticed the “How Bizarre” song by OMC
Was being piped in over the house stereo system.
OMG.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfJe8hQ8ha0
It was actually a hit sometime in the 90s.
Possibly the worst and most irritating song
Ever written.
Something about the freaking tune…
It’s so bad…
Whenever I hear it
It doesn’t leave my head for days.
It’s curse.
It’s so awful.
And yet something in my brain
Grabs onto it and won’t let go.
I almost cried when I heard it,
Because I know I’ll be cursed
With it looping in my head for the next couple days.
How did that song ever become a hit???
I urinate and leave,
Trying to shake the song from my head.
But it’s no use.
“How Bizarre…”
Roll the eyes.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Road Blog: Brother Dege on the Road Pt. II



5.4.10
Somewhere in North Carolina
After the madness of the van dying
And me forgetting my damn amp back in ATL,
I could finally relax.
Because the worst was over.
Now it was time to enjoy the ride.
I hit Winston-Salem, NC on a mission.
Got wrong directions to club.
Ended up in ancient, abandoned warehouse district.
Nothing but pre-war decaying factory buildings
With cracked teeth broken windows
And brick covered with the dust of another era.
Kooky pigeons flapping over head.
Pretty eerie place.
Ghosts of the industrial age when robots were just a dream.
I knew this could not be the club.
Or maybe it was, who knows?
I drove around till I found it on the other side
Of downtown Winston-Salem.
As I pulled up to club,
I see the other band
Unloading their gear from car.
Punk rock & roll band from Pittsburgh.
http://www.myspace.com/atomicdrops
The Atom Drops.
Black T-shirts, tattoos, etc. Good dudes.
I pull up in the Black Bayou Ministry van.
“What’s up, dudes.”
Never fails, that van…for weird reactions.
I play.
Good set.
Sold a bunch of CDs.
The Atom Drops play – they’re a good rocking band.
And more importantly, pretty good dudes.
Night ends.
Alcohol. People wandering off.
I load up, climb in the van, and drive off into the black unknown
Of North Carolina.
I drive two hours
With the wind whipping, my head swirling,
My eyelids growing heavy.
I finally find a truck stop.
Pull in.
Park.
Climb in the back of the van
And quickly fall to sleep.
Not much glory for the rock & roll lifestyle.
But I like it.
But I sure miss my baby at home.

5.5.10 Thornburg, VA
HOW TO LIVE IN YOUR CAR (or van)
1. Have a place to pee. If you’re a dude, an empty Planter’s Peanut Jar will do – my preferred method.
Or a large Gatorade bottle. Women, bring a bucket or park near a public restroom.
2. Eat potato chips. When hunger strikes at 4 a.m., you can reach for the bag of Doritos
stashed under the seat. Trail mix works, too.
3. Block out the windows. Sleeping in your car isn’t so bad, but when morning comes, the cool, night air turns hot and muggy…thus preventing sleep. Fashion some curtains out of vinyl
banners or fabric. Or use a few of those windshield reflector things to block out the sunlight so you can sleep an extra few hours.
4. Don’t drink too much. Might lead to embarrassing situations where you create a public
disturbance in the parking lot of Pilot Truck Stop. Thus risking arrest. Best to avoid all that.
5. Find places to shower. State Parks and truck stops are the best. At truck stops, you can buy
a shower for $10. Camping lots, which usually have shower facilities, are equally rocking. In
addition, you get vibe with nature and dig trees.
6. Divide the car/van into sections, much like a house or an apartment.
Driver’s seat = front door,
Passenger seat = living room
Back seat = kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.
Trunk = attic, backyard, and closet.
Glovebox = entertainment center
Front hood = dinner table
Rear bumper = smoking lounge
7. Avoid sleeping in your car in populated areas where there is a lot of foot traffic, like
residential neighborhoods. The natives get weirded out when they go for their afternoon walk
and see your dirty ass sleeping in the front seat. Middle class people might want to help the
homeless and transient population on occasion, but they don’t want’em sleeping in THEIR
neighborhood. Not cool! They’ll call the cops on you quick, because they figure you’re a dirty
drifter with nothing to lose…just like in the movies they watch.
8. Don’t ever try to poop in your car…like in a bucket or something. Always go in a public
restroom or the woods.
9. Bring books to read during dead time. After a week of living in your car, you will start to feel
like a loser and will need self help books and the like to keep your spirits up.
10. Make friends with people, keep an open heart, and keep a bat or knife ready in case mean
people try to pull something fishy on you. Good luck.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Road Blog: Brother Dege On The Road


BrotherDege[Editor’s note: Independent Weekly arts/entertainment writer Dege Legg is in the first furlong of a month-long music tour up the East Coast to Boston, west across the Upper Midwest and back down to Louisiana. His tour, in the guise of his latest musical persona, Brother Dege, is in support of his new record, Folk Songs of the American Longhair, a mostly solo undertaking featuring Dege on resonator guitar. He will be filing reports of his experiences from the road throughout the tour. This is the first installment. As best we can we’ve replicated the form in which Dege transmitted the data via Facebook. We have, however, defused a few F-bombs and otherwise made sure it is rated PG. Pray for Dege's safe return, and help support this important contribution to the American song book by buying his record at CD Baby.]

THURS. APRIL 29
NEW ORLEANS
Played KTUL.
Then rolled to
Bernard's house party. Way out in the hood. Marigny.
Pulled up in van.
Thugs on corner yell at me, "YOU A DEADMAN! YOU A DEADMAN!"
I wave at them and walk on.
People love death.
There should be a Kevorkian Fast Food Chain.
Death burgers.
Suicide fries.
Party was kind of a bust so I sat on the stoop
And played guitar with all the little black kids
Of the neighborhood.
They were so fascinated by the slide and dobro,
I let them play it and bang around on it.
They loved it.
Kids are the best.
They haven't turned into the monsters
That adults sometimes become.
Rolled out and slept in van in park.

FRI. APRIL 30brodege
BIRMINGHAM, AL
Cool town, cool people, cool bar.
Can't say enough good things about this place.
I broke down and got a motel cuz I slept like sh** night before.
Slept walked into the window.
Woke pushing and shoving the curtains around.

SAT. MAY 1
ATL, GA
Hot. Sweaty.
Was 30 mins ahead o schedule
Then hit gridlock.
45 mins to travel two miles.
Made it to radio/video thing.
www.indieatl.com
Matt & Crew = good dudes.
Shot 4 or 5 songs.
There was a park behind me where all the hobos
And street people hang out.
I asked one of the handheld cameramen if
he wanted [to go] into the park with me and hang.
Boom. next thing you know, we're playing and hanging
with local old timers.
One guy played a song on my Dobro,
And he KICKED ASS.
Black folks got a lot of soul.
Rolled to club.
Made a new best friend right away,
First dude I talked to, Jay Russo.
From Athens, Ga. Good dude.
Hung, drank two Vodka/7s and called it quits
After two more beers.
played show in a small club downstairs from main club.
Separated by staircase. LOUD upstairs.
It was a volume war between me and the upstairs bands.
I lost.
Hung with my new buddy Jay + Paul and Adrian from The Starbar.
About 1 a.m.
Crashed out.

SH** CREEK AGAIN
May 2
Woke. Cranked van.
Noticed it was cranking slow.
Rolled out of ATL
Then noticed the power/battery meter
Was dipping down and dropping fast.
Can only mean one or two things.
Dying battery or dying alternator.
Made it to next exit.
Pulled into Comfort in Parking lot and van died
right there, middle of parking lot.
Indian owner of motel
came out. Told me, "You must move this van. You are blocking way.
I call POLICE!"
Nice.
The gods love to mess with my Mind sometimes.
Got a guy to jump the van.
Rolled to an Autozone and changed the battery
in the parking lot
Amongst all the local Georgia hayseeds,
Who are pretty rad, by the way.
They love Christian radio
And don't sweat the fact they're missing teeth.
I admire that..
That's gumption.
Cranked van. Meter still dipping and low.
Alternator dead and its sunday.
No place open.
Everybody in Georgia is drunk, BBQ'ing in their backyard,
or in church.
I roll back to Comfort Inn where Indian owner
threatend to call police.
It was the only hotel in Jefferson, GA.
I made friends with him and gave him plastic.
He smiled.
Modern rituals.
I unload my crap, go to room, and plop down on bed.
then I go back to van to grab something.
Open back door.brodege2
Something is missing.
It's too roomy in back of van.
Where's my amp?
Dig around.
HOLY SH**!
I forgot my $1500 Mesa Boogie amp head
Somewhere at the club last night!
I'm such a retard.
Lovely.
Dead van and now I have no amp.
i don't remember what I did with it.
I could be in the club.
Somebody could have jacked it.
or i left it sitting next to van in parking lot
and drove away.
I mentally flagellated myself for being such a space case.
The gods LOVE messing with my MIND!
i get on phone.
Call all the club folks.
Cancel show in Charlotte with my buddy Gideon Smith.
2 hours later I get the call that my amp is in club office.
Bartender grabbed it.
Nice. Thank you.
I spend rest of the night, cussing at myself, the van,
and the gods.
Then I watch TV
And slowly drift off to sleep,
Wish i were immortal and careless
if only for a fraction of a second.

MON. MAY 3
DAMAGE CONTROL
Busy day
Wake at 7 a.m.
Call Auto repair places.
Find one who will tow van to their garage.
Nice folks.
it's raining all day. Flooding in places.
It's beautiful.
I wait two hours for tow truck.
Finally comes.
Roll to garage.
3 hours and $500 later the van is fixed.
I make arrangements to meet
Brian Malone, the Starbar's booker, at the club
to grab my amp.
Back track 1.5 hours back to ATL.
Wait around.
Take a nap in back of van.
he shows and I grab my amp.
I'm back in the saddle again.
Almost broke, but i feel good.
Pulled two rabbits out of the hat.
One of the gods.
and
One of my own making.
I make a vow.
I will never again obnoxiously and boisterously claim to have my sh** together.
But I will enjoy the ride.

ROAD. NIGHT. MAY 3
I drive off into the night.
Pull over in South Carolina.
Shower in a Pilot Truck stop. $10.
Park van in the back lot with all the truckers.
Pensively smoke a cigarette, while listening
to the thresh and swish of I-85 going by.
I make my little bed in the back of the van.
Contemplate the days events.
And lay my head down to sleep.
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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Girl Who Wept Stones - Dege Legg


Dege Legg (Dobro bio): Writing in the old, haunted tradition of slide-blues greats, writer/musician Dege Legg breathes new life in the Delta Blues genre, not by imitation, but by infusing original songs with his experience of growing up in the Deep South—young, white, alienated, freak-in-the-country-style. With Robert-Johnson-on-Thorazine-style slide work paired with Middle-East-Meets-South melodies, a mindblowing new take on an old tradition emerges—one that is surreal, warped, odd, and droning, but also firmly rooted in the troubled and death-obsessed masters of old. Dege adamantly avoids the flashy, purist, mid-life-crisis white-guy school of slide playing—with its hokey attempts at singing about country living and faux cottonpicking. Instead you hear battered tales of apocalyptic prophesies, endless darkness, yearning stoners, backwoods drugs, hallucinatory angels, burning barns, junkyards, and the floating ghosts of the Deep South. All of it is told in an honest voice by one who lived through it, born and raised Cajun in small-town southern Louisiana. This is the new real Delta Blues. New All-Slide CD coming in ‘08.