Bio



BROTHER DEGE: BIO

Artist: Brother Dege AKA Dege Legg
Pronounced: DEEJ - LEG
Touring Act: Brother Dege & The Brethren
Home: Lafayette/New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Grammy-nominated Brother Dege Legg (“Too Old to Die Young” from Django Unchained soundtrack) is one of the best-kept secrets in Louisiana; a musician, writer, artist, and heir to a long line of individualistic characters born and raised in the Deep South. Like the mad love child of Son House, MC5, and William Faulkner, Legg has burned a colorful trail to the Promised Land, working odd jobs, traveling the Deep South like an outlaw gypsy, and subverting the southern-conservative stereotype by espousing a open-minded lifestyle that avoids gross materialism, greed, and bigotry.

Since the mid-90s, Brother Dege has experimented with slide guitars and Dobros to forge his own intensely original brand of “psyouthern” roots music - a self-invented style that blends folk, hard rock, country, post-punk, and southern gothicism with the emotional power of Delta Blues and exquisite song craft that yields a bountiful type of rural psychedelia. This amalgamation is truly an unrecognized monster that defies genre classification and has yet to be fully released upon the public.

In 2012, famed film director Quentin Tarantino personally hand-picked Brother Dege’s song “Too Old to Die Young” to be featured prominently in the movie and soundtrack to Django Unchained. The song has since become an underground classic of sorts, being repeatedly played on jukeboxes and covered in bars on all seven continents. Additionally, Brother Dege’s track “Hard Row To Hoe” has been featured theme song to Discovery Channel’s After The Catch, Nat-Geo Channel, and many others.

Brother Dege is a true artist of the Deep South and his journey continues with raging slabs of godless summer heat, haunted redemption, and bell towers of experimentation. All three of Brother Dege’s albums - Folk Songs of the American Longhair (2010), How to Kill a Horse (2013), and Scorched Earth Policy (2015) - have revealed themselves to be tour de force masterworks that simultaneously honor the traditions of the past while lunging into the uncharted territory of the future with songs that range from ancient Delta-blues meditations to hell-fired southern barnburners. This is the face of the new south - a world of gentle savages, ethereal swamplands, free-thinking outlaws, and unexplored freedom.


Brother Dege LinksYouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/santeriaband
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/brotherdegelegg
Official Site: http://BrotherDege.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrotherDege


Brother Dege DiscographyFolk Songs of the American Longhair (2010)
How to Kill a Horse (2013)
Scorched Earth Policy (2015)



ABSTRACTS:

Born and raised in southern Louisiana, Dege Legg is of Cajun-French, Irish, and Native American ancestry.


To support his creative obsessions, Dege has worked many odd jobs over the years, including cabdriver, machinist, case worker in a homeless shelter, delivery driver, dishwasher, tire mechanic, cook, journalist, etc.

Obsessions: art, creativity in any form, Dobros, Pablo Picasso, Don Quixote, Vincent van Gogh, Henry Miller, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Bukowski, Faulkner, Black Sabbath, Blind Willie Johnson, Sonic Youth, UFOs, junkyards, zero point energy, kindness, barbarism, crop circles, sitars, psychic telepathy, quantum metaphysics, rodeo clowns, living a good life, service to others, the great unknown, etc.

In 1994, Dege Legg founded the underground, southern psych-rock band Santeria, which toured and gigged in relative obscurity for 10 years, pounding out a strange variety of swampedelic, "psyouthern rock" that relied less on chest-thumping and beer guzzling, and more on quasi-mystical attempts at hayseed transcendence.

In 1997, Dege Legg recorded and released Bastard's Blues, a hand-dubbed cassette release. The album in many ways has served as the blueprint for all his following solo releases.

In 1999, Dege Legg self-released a crudely recorded, 4-track concept album on titled Love Letters & Suicide Notes.

In 2000, Dege Legg wrote and published a fictional novel about an insane family who live on an isolated mountain in Arkansas titled The Battle Hymn of the Good'Ol Hillbilly Zatan Boys.

In 2002, Santeria released the landmark, underappreciated album House of the Dying Sun. Five months later, after a west coast tour, the band went on indefinite hiatus amidst a string of bad luck and hardships that were sometimes seriously, sometimes comically, attributed to a voodoo curse believed placed on the band.

In 2003, Dege Legg lived in cheap, low-rent motels for nine months and wrote about the experience before eventually moving into a trailer park.

From 2003-2004, Dege Legg worked as a nightshift cabdriver for a City Cab Co. in Lafayette, LA. His experiences on the job were documented for blog and book form (Cablog: Diary of a Cabdriver).

In 2004, Dege Legg improvised and recorded an album (Trailerville) of "guitar scapes" in the trailer park where he lived. BUY Trailerville. 

In late 2004, Dege Legg briefly moved to Los Angeles to record demos on a spec development deal. He abandoned the project and moved back to Louisiana four months later after realizing he was a willing participant in "creating something unique that he could not understand or making the worst music ever made."

From 2004-2005, Dege Legg joined swamp rocker CC Adcock's touring band as second guitarist in The Lafayette Marquis.

In 2005, Dege Legg founded the 6-piece ensemble Black Bayou Construkt and released the album Kingdoms of Folly in 2009.

In 2006, tiring of forgettable gigs in half-empty clubs, Dege Legg began playing short live and improvised sets in non-traditional venues and filming the proceedings on cheap digital cameras. The venues included open fields, abandoned houses, backwoods alcoves, caves, cheap motels, dumpsters, swamps, parking towers, public bathrooms, sheds, and ponds. The results were posted to the Brother Dege YouTube Channel where they are still viewable. 


In 2007, Dege Legg lived in a homeless camp and wrote a feature cover story on the experience titled Slipping through the Cracks for the Independent Weekly in Lafayette, LA, which won a Louisiana Press Award.

In 2009, Dege Legg began recording songs for the album Folk Songs of the American Longhair in nontraditional spaces (elevator shafts, open fields, abandoned houses) before eventually recording the tracks at home and in a shed behind his rent house in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In 2010, Dege Legg released the slide guitar album Folk Songs of the American Longhair under the name Brother Dege.

In 2010, just a month after it's official release, Dege Legg was contacted by the producers of The Deadliest Catch and asked to use the song "Hard Row to Hoe" (from Folk Songs of the American Longhair) as theme song of their spin-off "After the Catch." 



From 2011-2013, Dege Legg worked full-time in a men's homeless shelter in Lafayette, LA. 

In 2011, Dege Legg completed a solo tour of Holland and Belgium as Brother Dege.

From 2011-2012, Dege recorded the songs for How to Kill a Horse (the follow album to American Longhair) in an empty warehouse in Lafayette, LA.

In December 2012, Brother Dege's song "Too Old to Die Young" was hand-picked by Quentin Tarantino for inclusion in the movie and official soundtrack to Django Unchained where the song appeared alongside such artists as James Brown, Tupac Shakur, and Ennio Morricone.

Dege Legg is the author three books: The Battle Hymn of the Hillbilly Zatan Boys, Into the Great Unknown (Santeria Tour Journal), and Generating Hope: Stories of the Beausoleil Louisiana Solar Home.

In 2013, Brother Dege, along with other artists, was nominated for a Grammy for the Django Unchained soundtrack. 

Brother Dege's music has been featured in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained as well on the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel and in these movies: Half the Road, The Afflicted.

From 2013-2017, Brother Dege and his touring band (The Brethren) have toured the US & Europe five times.

In 2016, Brother Dege & The Brethren became the first underground rock band from Louisiana to tour Eastern Europe.