The Dad Horse Experience, a one-man band from Bremen, Germany, is making his way around America on his third North American Tour in as many years with a stop in Minnesota at the Bayport BBQ.
“I started in early punk music,” Dad Horse Ottn said. “The three chords songs were the same as three-chord American country and gospel music.”
With his banjo playing, the deep pounding bass pedal, brief kazoo solos and a distinct vocal delivery of heavily German-accented English lyrics, Ottn plays music that has “purity and spirituality,” mixed with dark honesty and grit.
Ottn calls his brand of music as “Kellergospel,” or basement gospel.
“Gospel music is something you sing in churches, where the light is,” Ottn said. “Basement gospel is meant to be played in the dark, where the light is most needed.”
Since 2008 the Dad Horse Experience has released two albums, an EP, four vinyl singles and a live 12 inch, and contributed to several compilations all over the world. His constant touring has taken him to most corners of the world including Europe, Russia, Australia and the United States.
“Of all the places I have played, the United States is a very good place to play,” Ottn said. “You don’t make a lot of money, but the people appreciate it more. They better understand the music than, say, England or Australia. The rural Midwest is great, because they can understand my English.”
The Dad Horse Experience will be playing 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Bayport BBQ in Bayport. Cost is $10.
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