Dad Horse Experience

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Ten days ago I saw a gig of Dad Horse Experience. Don’t know him? Yes, you should, and I will tell you why. Dad Horse Experience is a one-man-band that occasionally plays as a two or three elements band.

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First of all, let’s go specific: Dad (as this guy is known around) is an amazing multi-instrumentalist. In fact, he is able to play as a frigging one-man-band, as previously said. These things alone already make the guy sound rather incredible. I will not go into further details: let me just tell you he plays banjo or mandolin and bass-pedal at the same time. Sometimes singing, sometimes adding a kazoo.

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When I saw him, he was playing together with another extremely talented guy from Melbourne, Australia. I think his name is Anto, Anthony or Antonio, but I’m not sure. Anyway, Anto was playing drums or guitar and kazoo.

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They had lots of instruments, effects and stuff. And they also had lots of things to say. Just let me give you an example:

MERCHANDISE SONG

I am ramblin’
I am ramblin’ from town to town
With some car trunk full of merch & songs
& behind some curtain in the night
There’s some red lips fair and bright
But next morning I just have to leave
To another town
To another town
To sell some more T shirts and CDs

I am rambling from town to town
With a car trunk full of merch and songs
If you see me coming here around
Come & buy, I won’t stay here for long
I could not stay with any signorina
Though she’s just so pretty & so nice
I only need some coffee and gasolina
To reach next city with my merchandise

I LEFT A GIRL SHE’S CRYING IN CHICAGO
I LEFT A GIRL SHE’S CRYING IN TENNESSEE
I LEFT A GIRL SHE’S CRYING IN MEZZAGO
IF YOU DON’T KNOW THAT IS IN ITALY

I gonna sing a song for you bout Jesus
I gonna sing a song bout heaven’s grace
I’m sorry if I don’t sing with the ladies
Only leave them a button with my face
I don’t wanna drink their beer nor whiskey
I don’t want to take your LSD
I just want to travel the next city
Try to sell more T shirts & CDs

I LEFT A GIRL SHE’S CRYING…

& when I’ll go to heaven sooner or later
That’s the day when I will know & see
When I gonna meet & ask my maker
If he wants some T shirts or CDs

I LEFT A GIRL SHE’S CRYING IN CHICAGO
I LEFT A GIRL SHE’S CRYING IN TENNESSEE
I LEFT A GIRL SHE’S CRYING IN SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
IF YOU DON’T KNOW THAT IS IN GERMANY

I LEFT A GIRL SHE’S CRYING…

Quite good lyrics eh?

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As far as I understood, the main topic of Dad Horse’s songs is pretty much fucked up situations, sick feelings, heaven, hell, drugs and god. Everything with a punk-folk-country mood. Here’s another example:

LORD MUST FIX MY SOUL

I loved Mollie Lowry
But I stabbed her with my bowie
Lord must fix my soul
I loved Mollie Lowry
But I stabbed her with my bowie
Lord please fix my soul

LORD MUST FIX MY SOUL TURN THE SHIT INTO GOLD
LORDD MUST FIX MY SOUL
LORD MUST FIX MY SOUL TURN THE SHIT INTO
LORD PLEASE FIX MY SOUL

My mama taught me the bible
& I shot her with my rifle
Lord must fix my soul….

I’ve got a dog named Louie
Well I turned him into chop suey
Lord must fix my soul…

If I can’t afford the cocaine
I shoot gasoline in my vein
Lord must fix my soul…

This one above is kinda Dad Horse Experience trademark song. Really nothing to add about it.

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Here is even a video:

This said, please check out his website with lots of goodies like video and songs:
dad-horse-experience.org

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For all those who live in Ligury:
The gig has been performed at Beer Room in Pontinvrea (SV) which is a lovely pub to pass a night in. Great  atmosphere and great drinks on the top of a hill. If you live near, go there and enjoy!
The founders are two brothers: Luca and Nanni Oddera. They have a beautiful project about humanitarian aid in Africa called FollowRabbit, check it out! In addition check out this interview about Nanni Oddera. Looks like he is some kind of ultra-skilled motocross rider!

BEER ROOM MUSIC PUB
Via Giovo, 25 Pontinvrea SV
phone:019/705069