Anna Trodglen, known to many as singer/songwriter/guitarist Grace Braun, and her husband and drummer Dugan Trodglen have reactivated DQE in the classic duo format that brought them notoriety in the nineties Atlanta music scene and around the country. During their time as a duo, DQE evolved from Half Japanese/Beat Happening primitivists into proud exponents of early rock & roll, rhythm and blues, country, and gospel music, highlighted by a timeless approach to songwriting and a rambunctious energy. The 1995 album Jump On In captured the duo at their finest.
After recording an album with Half Japanese frontman Jad Fair, DQE went back and forth between rock n roll trio format (now with a bass player) and folk/country acoustic material performed under the Grave Braun moniker. Following the 1998 Grace Braun solo album It Won’t Hurt, and DQE’s Queen Of Mean, both approaches were combined on 2001’s double album I’m Your Girl. All of these albums are rich with Anna’s classic songwriting.
Anna took an extended hiatus from music to focus on her painting and illustration career, but was inspired to pick up the guitar again while working with children at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. It wasn’t long before she decided to plug that guitar in, call Dugan into the room and bash out some DQE classics, and their unique chemistry returned instantly. The only thing left to do was start playing in front of a room full of people again, which brings us to 2019 and the surprising return of an Atlanta legend.