Brother Dege review…May 25, 2018…

BROTHER DEGE

FARMER’S ALMANAC

PSYOUTHERN RECORDS   PSY 002

PARTIAL TO THE BITTERS–COUNTRY COME TO TOWN–THE EARLY MORN–THE SHAKEDOWN–BASTARD’S BLUES–THE MOON AND THE SCARECROW–THE BALLAD OF INGO SWANN–LAREDO–WHITEBOY–NO MAN A SLAVE–PARTIAL TO THE BITTERS, PART 2

Ever wonder what it might’ve been like to have had that mythical, mystical hell-hound on your tail?  We may never know, but you can sho’ nuff get close to that feeling by listening to composer, singer, and slide-guitar master Brother Dege, with his latest album, “Farmer’s Almanac,” for Psyouthern Records.  This album is a tremendous tribute to life here in the Deep South, and plays out as a true “concept” album.

Brother Dege (Legg) grew up deep in the heart of Cajun country in Louisiana, working a slew of odd jobs in between bouts with depression, drugs, alcohol, and run-ins with the law.  He even had a run-in with suicide, too, backing off at the last moment to turn his life toward his dream of songwriting.  But, one can never take these life experiences out of a man, and Dege’s songs resonate with guys and gals that suffer from some serious character flaws.  One of those opens the set, the perhaps-autobiographical “Country Come To Town, from the smallest town and the lowest rung.”  “Bastard’s Blues” recounts a young man who went bad at the age of twelve, and, by twenty-two, “they say I killed a man,” and awaits his fate by hanging.

Another “murder” tune served as our favorite.  On “No Man A Slave,” our hero would rather take a chance with a life on the run than spend it in jail, “I’d rather run away,” for “how can I keep the peace when the war is all I got?”

Brother Dege has had songs featured in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” and secured a coveted headlining showcase to help kick off SXSW 2018, in Austin, down at Antone’s.  The pre-release scuttle for “Farmer’s Almanac” said it all–between the instrumental intro and outro, this thing gets nasty and stays nasty!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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