Thursday

The Dead South

An infectious and cheery country group from the wide open prairies of Canada. However, The Dead South started out as a rough and ready grunge band. Nate Hiltes and Danny Kenyon, however, soon tired of all that noise. They convinced two friends to learn to play mandolin and banjo. The four of them turned to bluegrass, the folk music of immigrants in the south-eastern United States. The Dead South inject the genre with humour. On one hand they are in love with the music, while on the other they like to laugh about it. The result sounds like the drunken cousins of Mumford & Sons. These modern hillbillies have developed into a popular party band, with their own dance moves. However, there is a darker edge to them. The merriment disguises their stories of despair and deceit. They are beautiful stories, though.

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