Gefördert von Neustart Kultur, der Initiative Musik und der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.
In a time when American folk music has lost touch with its bloody roots, King Dude seeks to illuminate the darkness with sex, death, love, insanity, and Lucifer’s light. Since 2006, his devotional rock ‘n’ roll has been both the medium and the message; his throaty baritone and devilishly visceral songwriting the tools he wields to ignite the fiery spirit of revelation in all who encounter him.
Thanks to past releases on Dais, Avant!, Bathetic, Clan Destine, and Ván records, a number of high-profile festival appearances, and a relentless tour schedule—often alongside the likes of Ghost and Earth—the silver-tongued singer/songwriter has found an ever-expanding global audience with whom to share his prophetic vision of hope and salvation: a willing congregation whose raised voices and stomping feet reliably turn his shows into Luciferian tent revivals. King Dude is a blue-eyed Mephistopheles with an acoustic guitar; he dresses like Johnny Cash and sings like he cut in line in front of Robert Johnson at the crossroads. His voice can shift from haunting and vulnerable to thunderous near-Biblical fury in the space of a breath, marrying the sacred to the profane with pomp, circumstance, and a curled lip. He sings about death the way he sings about fucking. With inspiration torn from country, blues, Americana, and British folk (and a background in heavy metal), King Dude’s raw, hypnotic hymns channel the past while staring straight ahead into a revelatory future.
JOANNA GEMMA AUGURI
Listening to the music of Joanna Gemma Auguri is like opening a door to a sacred room. Because she couldn't carry a church organ, she chose the accordion for her musical interpretations. She invites you into a private space where a broken heart is allowed to beat in its own pace. Growing up between two countries and cultures shaped her into an artist who stands out with unusual instruments and unique voice. The live concerts are reminiscent of a ritual and are a profound dialogue with the audience. The accordion as a drone instrument, like a breathing time machine. Joanna Gemma Auguri's latest album was recorded on analog tape during the first Corona Lockdown. 11 is a prime number which stands for dreamers and idealists - and for new beginnings. Based on an intense mixture of dark folk and avant-garde sounds this extraordinary album deals with loss, identity and biographical breaks. The fascinating result is a highly intimate work characterized by fragility and authenticity, whose pieces stand in contrast to the digital glossy world. Auguri breaks out of traditional songwriting, invents her own form of expression. Because music to her is a transformation that lets us see, that through the greatest pain, life still holds us tight.