Hometown: San Francisco, United States
Web site: http://www.dashkizer.net
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Wars, Rumors of Wars, floods, wildfires, tidal waves and landslides, leaders slaughtering innocents in the name of the most convenient God, diseases and addictions draining the lifes blood from our brothers and sisters. Our world is in Apocalypse, yall, and so Dash Kizer and The Expressions have whipped up a Gospel in response If it aint exactly Divine, it's Real Honest American Music that needs you to hear it. It's simple stuff--an acoustic guitar, some drums, some singin and some shoutin.
Gulf Coast Soul. We make our music from the sounds I heard growing up in Topsy, Louisiana. Topsy sits at the corner of three parishes--Jefferson Davis, Allen, and Calcasieu--and aint nobody claims her. At my Maw-Maw's I heard Hank Williams, Red Foley, and Ray Price, singing gospel songs side by side with sorry tales of life in the honkytonks. At my Momma's I heard Merle Haggard and Charlie Pride. At Chris Francois's house I heard Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, and Kiss. When I was 22, hanging out with accordionist Hank Theriot, I heard BooZoo Chavis, and Nathan Abshire, and I heard Swamp Pop with Charles Mann and Little Alfred.
The Gospel. I was a preacher's kid, wondering, Is there One Gospel, The Gospel, the ideal, real-deal Gospel? Or maybe there are lots of Gospels, equally true and equally false? To me, Gospel means a claim to Truth, verifiable Truth, something you know for sure in the right here and right now. It's not about rules and reverence. It's about growing and knowing.
The Gospel According to Dash. These songs represent a Pilgrim's Progress, from "Livin in Sin" to "My Mind on Jesus". I figure what most people call sin is to me just human beings striving. I think our transgressions are in what we don't do--the things we don't try, the people we don't help, the things we can't or won't say. As I imagine myself walking alongside Jesus, or Siddhartha, or John Wayne, then I become the Christ, the Buddha, and the Duke.