BROTHER DEGE to Tour in Support of New Album 'Scorched Earth Policy'
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 Horse) Brother 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)