Brother Dege is a longtime Louisiana musician who draws on his surroundings for inspiration. And that stretches well beyond Delta blues and slide guitars. Discussing a brand new track, “The Darker Side of Me,” the unconventional artist — also known as Dege Legg — describes the recording experience.
“The scene was me in an empty warehouse, banging on junk that was lying around,” he said. “Think I grabbed a plastic ruler and a broken tambourine and just started smacking them on a bingo table. That’s usually how I do percussion. I grab whatever is closest and start playing. Doesn’t have to be a musical instrument. Junk works fine.”
Although the results could have been haphazard, Brother Dege’s new album, How to Kill a Horse, ties up the loose ends with a prevailing Deep South perspective. His résumé is equally eclectic. Over the last 20 years, he’s worked as a journalist, a cab driver and a case worker in a homeless shelter.
Asked about the message of “The Darker Side of Me,” he replies, “Making peace with yourself. Maybe. I shy away from elaborating on lyrical content because I think the listener writes the song as much as I do. Anything I say can only take away from the meaning they give it. I just try to vibe out a feeling. Kind of like expressionist painting. More Picasso, less Melville.”
Don’t miss the CMT Edge premiere of Brother Dege’s “The Darker Side of Me.”