Tarantino really has a knack for finding good music to put in his movies – or maybe he has people who do that for him (he probably doesn’t); if you read this, Quentin, my body is ready for that job. Anyway, one song that really stuck with me from Django Unchained was Too Old to Die Young by Brother Dege (aka Dege Legg – he says it’s pronounced Deej Leg). It features some heavy slide guitar, Mississippi Delta style, and slide guitar is way cool, man. The whole album (entitled Folk Songs of the American Longhair) has a really nice old southern blues vibe to it, which is emphasized by the simplicity of the production: it mostly features Dege singing and playing his Dobro guitar, and keeping rythm with a bass drum – or at least I think he does it with his foot.
Dege allegedly recorded the demos for his album in a backyard shed in Louisiana, which is a nice change from the serial murdering that usually goes on in those sorts of places. He even put a few demos on his soundcloud, like this one.
If you’re a guitarist and are looking to play the song, here’s a link to the tab that Dege kindly put on his blog, along with the lyrics. The song is in open E (EBEG#BE) but he plays it with a capo on the third fret, which makes it in open G. And of course, you’re gonna need a slide, or a bottleneck, or any kind of metallic tube, like Robocop’s penis.
Buy it on Amazon: Brother Dege – Folk Songs of the American Longhair