King Dude is the dark neo-folk project of TJ Cowgill. Cowgill began his musical journey fronting the Satanic blackened death metal band Book Of Black Earth. But by 2006, he found himself drawn towards creating music in the folk tradition, and King Dude was born shortly thereafter. Pulling together the biblical sound and isolation of the bygone days of revelation and an atmosphere filled with hope and salvation, King Dude weaves a brand of doom-folk that blends the myth of Robert Johnson, the preaching hand of Johnny Cash, and the aesthetic displeasures of Death in June. With deep baritone vocals and reverberated guitars, King Dude’s sound paints us a picture of apocalyptic desert landscapes superimposed onto visions of transformation through fire to a higher spiritual existence. King Dude offers us stories of the constant struggle of man’s turbulent affair with the Lord and the Devil, abstractly juxtaposed with coal dust spirituals mined from the haunting backwoods landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
Reverent as it is prophetic and stark, King Dude has previously shared his spiritual doubt with releases on Avant!, Bathetic, Clan Destine, and Van Records, including two LP’s titled Love and Burning Daylight on Dais Records in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Since then, Cowgill has valiantly created his own record label, Not Just Religious Music, in order to retain complete control over his aesthetic. Cowgill’s label has seen the releases of two King Dude LP’s titled Fear (2014) and Song of Flesh & Blood – In The Key Of Light (2015), as well as a choice selection of releases from other bands including Chelsea Wolfe, Bain Wolfkind, and Dreadlords. King Dude is prolific, having released a large body of work since the band’s humble beginnings. His music will stand the test of time, carved into stone as this generations answer to the undoubted mortal question of our forsaken prophecy. King Dude shows us the word, the way, and the light.