A jolly country band from the wide-open prairies of Canada. But The Dead South started out as a rough-and-ready grunge band. After a while Nate Hiltes and Danny Kenyon grew tired of the racket and persuaded two friends to learn to play the mandolin and banjo. The four of them then turned to bluegrass: the folk music of immigrants in the eastern United States. The Dead South inject the genre with humour. They love it, but they want to have fun with it too. The result sounds like Mumford & Sons’ drunken cousins. These modern hillbillies developed into a popular party band, with dance moves and all. However, there is a dark edge to them. The merriment conceals stories of desperation and deceit. Even so, they are lovely stories.