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Folk Songs of the American Longhair

by Brother Dege

Brother Dege is the best kept secret in the Deep South - the haunted face of 21st century delta blues - mixing raw, real, dirt pounding, swamp-fried slide blues with psyouthern noir, psych, rock, roots, and an experimentalism that transcends all the above
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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1. Hard Row to Hoe
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3. Too Old to Die Young
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4. To Fill a Hole
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5. House of the Dying Sun
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6. The Battle of New Orleans
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7. Dead & Gone
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Brother Dege's Folk Songs of the American Longhair is a tour de force artwork that brings it all back home to the Deep South like the possessed incarnation of Robert Johnson and Son House. This is the REAL deal. Dege Legg (aka Brother Dege), the Cajun born and Louisiana raised leader of the band Santeria, recorded the album in a shed behind his house in southern Louisiana. Co-produced by by 4x Grammy-winner Tony Daigle (Dr. John, Sonny Landreth, Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Charles), Santeria lead-guitarist Primo and Legg, Folk Songs of the American Longhair set the new bar for the next 100 years of slide-based Delta blues.

Legg composed ten original tunes in the slide-Delta tradition, painstakingly paying tribute to the old masters while tossing all purist, karaoke-like tendencies to the wind. Think Son House meets Leonard Cohen at a hoodoo séance in the swamps. Slide players from the U.S. to Europe are already covering the tunes - and the record isn't even out yet - via a series of live Brother Dege youtube videos which have garnered over 150,000 plays with no promotional hype or jive.

Much like the field recordings of Alan Lomax, the record tunnels into the ancient mysteries of pre-war blues and the devil-obsessed masters. Recorded in sheds, old houses and open fields for maximum intensity. There’s minimal instrumentation on this thing. In a return to the unprocessed basics, almost all of the tracks feature only one vocal, one slide guitar and one foot stomping. That’s it. Listeners are in for a treat when they hear how the music sounds, writhing about in the echo chamber of reality when stripped of all the studio trickery of the past decade.

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Jeremy Jones

The best dobro album of modern times
If I had to choose one person to be the ambassador of Louisiana Blues Rock, I'd choose Brother Dege. This is one of the best blues albums I've ever heard.

Colin Spence

Rock musician has a go at Delta Blues - sounds pretty good to me
The music on 'Folk Songs of the American Longhair' is a rock musician's take on Louisiana Delta Blues (all of the songs are written by Dege Legg). Whilst the album rocks pretty hard occasionally, I think many songs work well as blues also - thanks, in no small measure, to the impressive dobro slide playing which dominates the album instrumentally. Featured prominently also, are much bass drum thumping and Dege's somewhat strangulated Southern rasp. The basic tracks were 'recorded by Dege in a shed in Southern Louisiana'; also, there are some studio overdubs and a bit of electronic tweaking - nevertheless, much of the album's raw quality is still retained.

The additional instruments played (organ, fiddle, electric guitar, electric bass and djembe) don't get much of a look in - it would have been nice to hear a bit more of these (including a few short solos) because there isn't a great deal of instrumental variety from one song to the next. Lyrically, you don't get a wide range of themes - with most of the songs concentrating on hardship, despair and the point of human existence; but nonetheless, the lyrics do drive the message home, and they also lend an air of blues/roots authenticity to the music.

'Folk Songs of the American Longhair' is an album of strung-out Southern Gothic blues/roots-rock with a slight spooky feel. It features some terrific dobro playing, interesting vocals, a high groove quotient, and a mood that never inadvertently strays into anything remotely cheerful or optimistic.