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Pedigo's Magic Pilsner

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Don’t let the sadness and down-on-their-luck characters on Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner fool you. The new release from Dallas singer/songwriter John Pedigo, one half of folk-rock duo The O’s, also radiates plenty of hope, joy and exuberant defiance in the face of loss.
Despite the loss and despite the sadness, the debut self titled record is about being energized to face life’s occasional misery and maybe even standing upright with a wry smile after a blow to the gut. 
The record kicks off with the sound of a siren, and a little banjo to orient fans of Pedigo’s picking from the O’s. With a full-band sound and touches of honky-tonk piano, Pedigo sings about people in peculiar binds. There’s a stand-up comic who comes home from a bleak string of one-nighters to find his girlfriend in bed with someone else on “The Comedian.” It’s dark humor. And on the catchy “Garage Sale,” the leftover scraps of a love gone south are sold out in a yard sale. Before getting to the punchy Everly Brothers-ish chorus, Pedigo sings “I’m beginning to wonder where do I begin.” It might sound morbid on paper, but Pedigo is all about embracing life, including the part of life that is dying. As he sings on “Orion,” the album opener, “Sometimes it’s right to say goodbye.”  
Named after an infamously bad batch of homebrew that his dad concocted in the kitchen sink, fans of the emotional and narrative heft of bands like the Hold Steady, Deer Tick and Dolorean will appreciate what Pedigo has pulled off here.

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