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Jul
14
ekendra dasa @ Festival of India

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jul
03
ekendra dasa @ Fourth of July Celebration

Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Jun
23
ekendra dasa @ Festival of India

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Songwriter Ekendra Dasa swings his karma round and round with his unique blend of cowboy and Krishna philoso-billy (excerpt)

Ekendra's new CD, God Project, is a rockabilly romp that doesn’t quit until, as one song aptly puts it, everyone on Earth is “maggot poo-poo.� From the futility of sex to being TV drunk . . .(God Project) is his shoot ‘em up satiric ode to imperialism and materialism.
With a John Prine-like playfulness to his lyrics — “You lettin’ me down would be like a ghost leavin’ a ghost town� — the appeal is as universal as it is spiritual.
Michael Stock, host of the Saturday afternoon folk and acoustic show on WLRN (Miami Public Radio 91.3 FM), says he didn’t know what to expect from this Krishna cowboy when he first appeared on the radio program. “ . . .he played acoustically on the show and I enjoyed it.� Stock says. “He’s very sincere and his lyrics are clever and quite personal. A lot of things in his songs ring true even though he’s on his own chosen path. You don’t have to be a Krishna to identify with it.�
Valerie Caracappa of the Folk Club of South Florida booked Ekendra for their Acoustic Underground Series after he auditioned over the phone. “He blew me away. We book folk, acoustic and comedy and he covers all three,� she says. “There’s great humor in his music. It’s not like he’s out there preaching dogma. The audience loves him.�
- South Florida’s News & Entertainment Weekly


And now for something completely different. If you've been pacing the aisles of your local Tower Record store looking for that perfect rockabilly concept album about, say. . . a Hare Krishna devotee searching for the meaning of life, well here it is. Ekendra Dasa became a Krishna devotee in 1989, shaved his head, gave away his records, joined a temple - the whole shebang. Ten years later he's still a believer but he's returned to his country roots and recorded God Project with the Planet Cow Orchestra
As previously mentioned, this is a concept album of sorts. It's also one of the funniest, infectious slices of country and rockabilly you're ever likely to hear. The struggle for the deeper meanings of life are hit head-on in hilarious numbers like "Maggot Poo Poo," "Dogmind," and "Never-Do-Well." It's a pretty sure bet that George Jones never sang a hangover song with lines such as, "like an inflamed tonsil/stick me in the oven and call me ˜Hansel." "(I Think) I like It Here" makes the point that any seeker of spiritual truth feels a bit homeless.
The music is more than able to get your boots scooting. The lyrics will definitely have you laughing out loud. Beyond all that, however, this is really a serious album. Dasa means what he says, he just says it in the funniest way imaginable. Good for him. And better for us.
—Neil Fagan
- PERFORMING SONGWRITER


Former member of straight-edge hardcore act Shelter, these days Ekendra Dasa spends his days as possibly the only Hare Krishna country 'n' western singer in the universe. Those who recall the late Ronnie Lane's efforts on Pete Townshend's Who Came First album won't be so surprised by the idea of transcendental hillbilly music, though it's gotta be hard being a cowboy unwilling to harm cows. Regardless, Dasa's "Krishnaphonic" sounds are highly enjoyable, and songs like "Maggot Poo Poo" prove his spirituality is at least as much new wave as New Age. He's performing with his band on Saturday and Sunday, during the Spirit of India Festival. Hare Krishna Temple/1287 Ponce de Leon Ave.
—Roni Sarig
- CREATIVE LOAFING


Words like "interesting" tend to be a bit vague, but make no mistake, the music of Ekendra Dasa and the Planet Cow Orchestra is interesting. How else would one describe the combination of rockabilly, Hare Krishna, and lyrics about decomposing? Religion aside, however, Dasa delivers a solid set of rocking country. —RL
- SING OUT!


The Planet Cow Orchestra plays a mixture of country, hillbilly, rockabilly, and roots that's more than just music. It's energetic, it's fun, it's humorous, and it's philosophical. Who'd have thought hillbilly would be a medium for spreading the Hare Krishna philosophy?
That's right, Ekendra Dasa, the ringleader of the Planet Cow Orchestra, has only recently returned to music after a 10-year stint in Chicago's Hare Krishna Temple as a monk. Perhaps we should classify this as Krishnabilly? And for you music trivia buffs, prior to returning to his country roots, Ekendra spent 3 years in the early 90's touring with straightedge hardcore band Shelter. Is this planet getting smaller or what? Who'd have figured?
Ekendra isn't preaching with these songs. And if he is, you're too busy laughing and enjoying the music to feel pressured. With songs like "Maggot Poo Poo," claiming we'll all become just that, or "Dogmind," where Ekendra "chants himself a sloka" from the perspective of a "fetchin' fleabag" one would assume to be his dog, Ekendra gets his points across in a very humorous, subliminal way. Honestly, the first time I spun the disc I hardly noticed any of the references. I was too busy enjoying the music.
Every song on the disc is well-written, well-produced, and downright good roots music. Ekendra not only sings well, but plays guitar, percussion, and the harmonica on most tracks. If a fiddle makes you wiggle (did I really just say that?) then hit their website and listen for yourself. MP3s are there for your listening pleasure. I don't think you'll be disappointed. --Lady K
- SPARECHANGE magazine


Discography

God Project (CD) 1998 Krishnaphonic Record Company
200 Proof Absolute Truth (CD) 2003 Krishnaphonic Records
all tracks from both CDs online at KHQN, Twangcast, Rockabilly Radio

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Bio

What is illusion? What is reality? Who am I? What am I here for? Why should I have to keep cleaning up after my dog?

Songwriter/performer Ekendra Dasa doesn't claim to have the answers to all these big, life questions, but at least he's asking them.

Once there was a young singer/songwriter named Eric Dailey. His band, the Fourth Cow Revival with Orchestra, was a nine-piece alternative Americana musical theater production with dancing girls and guys with pumpkins on their heads that sold lots of homemade cassettes, and opened shows for They Might Be Giants in his chilly hometown of Syracuse New York.

During the 1980s, Dailey was a musical/theatrical chameleon, playing in bands as diverse in style as the Delta Rays, a lap-steel and fiddle honky-tonk band with high school friend Maura Boudreau (later Maura Kennedy of the Kennedys), and the pre-Green Day punk pop band The Trend, whose alumni list includes actor/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (Police Academy) and Tom Kenney (voice of Sponge Bob). In between gigs, Dailey's day job was as improvisational Renaissance Faire actor, strutting around in tights with a beard and a Warwickshire accent.

During the early '90s, he toured and recorded with straightedge hardcore icons Shelter, helping to introduce a generation of skateboarding, stage-diving, mosh pit addicts to the glories of mantra meditation and spiritual vegetarianism. In between tour dates with Shelter, he received the name Ekendra Dasa "servant of the one Supreme" as part of an initiation ceremony in the most holy city of Philadelphia.

In 1998 he recorded God Project as Ekendra Dasa and the Planet Cow Orchestra. In God Project, Ekendra played all the instruments (minus fiddle and saxophone) and dug deeply into his Americana and comedy roots, with songs such as "Maggot Poo Poo," a truck driving human love story told from the point of view of circling vultures about the ultimate destination of the material body, and "Dogmind," a furious rockabilly rave-up depicting the author's mental activities as the uncontrollable actions of a lusty dog off his leash.

Performing Songwriter Magazine voted Ekendra's highly unlikely mix of eastern philosophy and country and western one of the top 12 DIY albums of 1999, and God Project soon earned airplay on Internet radio stations KHQN, Twangcast, Rockabilly Radio, and a live concert on Miami Public Radio.

Encouraged by his success, Ekendra recorded 200 Proof Absolute Truth, this time playing all the instruments himself, winning a finalist's spot in the Blue Sky Road Song competition for the Memphis-soaked "Red Light Up Ahead," as well as a slot at the South Florida Folk Festival, Forksville Folk Festival, a showcase at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference, and the Philadelphia Fringe Fest.

One long-time fan, Jennifer Kanke, who books Ohio University's Saturday Night Coffeehouse Series, describes a typical Ekendra Dasa concert this way, "I was torn between wanting to get up and dance and going into seclusion for deep religious contemplation."

2006 was a big year for Ekendra--a big pause in his performance schedule and a big increase in his contemplation schedule--during his bout with testicular cancer. "I figure now is my chance to become the Lance Armstrong of singer/songwriters," he says. "Any moment could be your last, so better to make every moment doggone freaking wonderful." He is currently at work on a Tour de France of new tunes, which ought to be doggone freaking wonderful.