Brother Dege | How to Kill a Horse (Black Vinyl)

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How to Kill a Horse (Black Vinyl)

by Brother Dege

Limited-edition, BLACK VINYL pressing of Brother Dege's second album How to Kill a Horse.
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Black Sea
3:17 album only
2. The Darker Side of Me
4:02 album only
3. How to Kill a Horse
4:42 album only
4. Judgment Day
2:43 album only
5. O'Dark30
4:49 album only
6. Poor Momma Child
3:07 album only
7. Wehyah
3:38 album only
8. Crazy Motherfucker
5:24 album only
9. The River
4:11 album only
10. Last Man out of Babylon
7:56 album only


Album Notes
Brother Dege (AKA Dege Legg) is one of the
best kept secrets in Louisiana; a
musician, writer, and heir to a long line
of eccentric characters born and raised
in the Deep South. Hailing from the Cajun swamplands and raging like the
mad lovechild of Son House and Faulkner, Legg has burned a crooked trail
to the Promised Land. Avoiding traditional career paths, he’s spent decades
exploring the backwoods weirdness of the southern U.S, working odd jobs
and forging his own brand of southern/psyouthern music. Since the mid
90s, Dege has pushed slide guitar, resonators, and roots music, kicking
and screaming into the 21st century, recording self-released albums in
trailer parks, sheds, and other low rent environments that meld trancefolk,
Delta blues, punk, rock, metal, hippie ragas, and avant-outlaw
country into one blasted whole.

In 2010, Brother Dege reinvented the Delta blues for future generations on
Folk Songs of the American Longhair (2010) with 10 blazing tracks that
howled like the field recordings of Alan Lomax and tunneled into the
ancient mysteries of pre-war blues. In 2012, Quentin Tarantino tapped
Brother Dege’s “Too Old to Die Young” for the movie & soundtrack to
Django Unchained, stating that “everyone song on American Longhair
could’ve been in the’s like a greatest hits album.”
With his latest album, Brother Dege returns to “reinvent the steel” with the
slide-Dobro riff-o-rama of How to Kill a Horse. Recorded at night in an
empty warehouse (while Legg worked at a men’s homeless shelter during
the day), the album is a tour de force artwork that ranges from barn
burners to ancient Delta meditations to Babylonian junkyard jams that
explore the dark underbelly of what it is to be a man in the modern world.
Influences include: Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad, Ry Cooder, Norman
Mailer, Henry Miller, Sonic Youth, Black Sabbath, Blind Willie Johnson,
Einstürzende Neubauten, Jackson Pollock and Don Quixote. Like
Hemingway at his finest, How to Kill a Horse goes deep into the prison
rodeo of man’s heart, confronting the darker, flawed side of the self while
going full-aggro in the existential blast furnace of the modern world,
wrestling with men's roles as
providers, protectors, partners, lovers,
warriors, peacekeepers, whatever.

Full of cinematic slabs of biblical noir, dusty heat, haunted redemption,
and bell towers of emotion, Brother Dege's How to Kill a Horse is a massive
shot across the bow to riff heads, songwriters, and Americana enthusiasts
around the world. Anyone expecting an album of retro-roots
singer/songwriter schmaltz has got another thing coming. Horse is a game
changer that launches the whole mess of roots music out of the vinyl
dustbins and into the 21st century. Recorded with cheap Dobros, junked
acoustic guitars, and ragged percussion instruments on a zero dollar
budget, the album teems with world-class songwriting, Ouija board
melodies, double helix slides, swampland soliloquies, Hendrix-like reverse
resonators, and a gang of twang - all howling into the colossal echo
chamber of the reality.



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