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The Dead South is a folk-bluegrass band based out of Canada. Originally a quartet featuring Nate Hilts, Scott Pringle, Danny Kenyon and Colton Crawford, the band formed in 2012. They self-released their first EP in 2013, and they have been represented by Devil Duck Records and Curve Music. They have toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada, playing festivals such as South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Get The Dead South tickets at StubHub today.
In 2012, Hilts and Kenyon were playing together in an alternative grunge band. When that group disbanded, they had the idea to become part of the modern bluegrass movement. Crawford and Pringle joined on banjo and mandolin, instruments that they had recently learned specifically for The Dead South. Crawford ended up moving on in 2015, and Eliza Mary Doyle took his place. Erik Mehlsen has been an occasional contributor as well.
Their EP The Ocean Went Mad and We Were to Blame included five songs, which had elements of traditional bluegrass and 90s alternative music. With the label Devil Duck Records, they released the album Good Company in 2014. Their third album, Illusion and Doubt, hit the charts in 2016 under the Curve Music label.
The song "In Hell I'll Be In Good Company" was part of their debut studio album. While it had a nice following originally, it made even more waves when its music video was released on YouTube in 2017. The video helped propel the debut studio album to the Top 50 on the Billboard music charts and the Top 20 on the U.S. iTunes charts. Other songs from The Dead South that have been hits include "Achilles," "These Boots" and "Miss Mary."
In 2015, the band received the Road Gold certification from the Canadian Independent Music Association. They earned it by selling over 25,000 tickets in a one-year period. They also received a Juno Award for Best Traditional Roots Album in 2018.
Their music has gritty vocals, twangy bluegrass notes, mandolin and banjo licks and guitar strumming, which is similar to the music of Mumford & Sons; in fact, one of the band's nicknames is "Mumford and Sons' Evil Twins." Other bands that have the same vibe as The Dead South include Old Crow Medicine Show.