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The Dead South

The Dead South

With banjo, mandolin, cello and guitar, The Dead South certainly look the part of bluegrass traditionalists. But, as outsiders to the bluegrass world by circumstances of geography, they’re from the Canadian prairies, and by influences, equal parts finger-picking and punk, there are few comparisons to be made for the four-piece acoustic band. With a global following sparked by YouTube, early success in German rock clubs and now, sold out shows at iconic venues in many continents, this is no country for old-time string purists.

A brotherhood first and foremost, formed in university and forged on the road, The Dead South are quite comfortable in their role as a total anomaly most everywhere they go. Their progressive, tightly-constructed approach to acoustic music that favours intricate solos and harmonies has brought two JUNO Awards for Traditional Album of the Year, the most recent for the Muscle Shoals-made Sugar & Joy (2019). The Dead South followed up in 2020 with Served Live, a double live album that celebrated and supported the live music industry in a time of crisis.

With their newly-released double EPs Easy Listening for Jerks, Parts I & II, The Dead South find their own balance between their punk origins and the bluegrass world of their sound. A strong statement about identity, influence and inspiration, the new EPs show a band stepping out into new musical territory while also staying true to themselves.

The Dead South got back to work on the road in September 2021, after a year and a half in lockdown, crossing the USA twice and Europe once before the holiday break. Now, with touring more or less fully back underway, the Dead South expects to sell in excess of 125,000 tickets in 2022, with four tours of North America and four tours of Europe and the UK in the calendar.

“Nu-Folk? Alternative BlueGrass? The Dead South not only covering one genre and that’s something great.” – countrymusicnews.de

“This Canadian band are mixing Americana, Bluegrass and Country or even do Polka that explodes….love them or hate them, but this band is fantastic.” – Guitar Acoustic

“The Dead South is a real authentic line up doing music history bashing at its best.” – gaesteliste.de

“With their wide spectrum they’re way ahead of all other Neo Folk bands around.” – Classic Rock

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