Born on the bayou, Dege Legg does for the deep South what Tom Waits did for the L.A. underbelly.
Part French, Irish, native American and Cajun, Dege (sounds like deej) was one of the South’s best kept secrets until Quentin Tarantino personally selected one of his songs for his Django Unchained soundtrack.
Like Howlin’ Wolf meets Double Trouble, this band will rearrange the molecules of your mojo.
Heir to a long line of mad southern geniuses, Deje has spent a lifetime exploring the dark swamps, eschewing the limelight, brewing up his own unique 100-proof firewater for the soul. Like the mad lovechild of Son House and William Faulkner, Legg has burned a crooked trail to the Promised Land, creating his own batch of twisted “Psyouthern” roots music. Slide, resonators, screaming elements of Delta blues, punk, rock, metal, hippie ragas, folk and outlaw county are all just colors he uses to paint a genuinely original perspective of the decline and fall of western psycivilization.
In 1994, Dege founded the underground, southern psych-rock band Santeria, pounding out swampedelic psyouthern rock that relied less on chest-thumping and beer guzzling, and more on quasi-mystical attempts at hayseed transcendence. The band eventually split up, though there is still some debate over whether it had to do with the voodoo curse.
Some of his recordings have been on hand-dubbed cassettes, some in sheds, in the slide-Delta tradition like the field recordings of Alan Lomax. Then there were the improvised “guitar-scapes” recorded while living in a trailer park. Other recording venues have included open fields, abandoned houses, backwoods alcoves, caves, cheap motels, dumpsters, gullies, parking towers, public bathrooms and ponds.
To support his creative obsessions, Dege has worked many odd jobs over the years, including journalist, cabdriver, machinist, case worker in a homeless shelter, dishwasher, tire mechanic and fry cook. In 2007, Dege Legg lived in a homeless camp and wrote a feature story on the experience titled Slipping through the Cracks for the Independent Weekly in Lafayette, LA, which won a Louisiana Press Award. In 2011, he began working full-time in a men’s homeless shelter.
Dege Legg is the author of nine albums and two books (The Battle Hymn of the Hillbilly Zatan Boys and Into the Great Unknown) His music has been featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as well as the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel. How many artists can say that?!! Come here the whole band on July 14!
View the clip from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained: