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Canadian Bluegrass Band The Dead South Release New Album Illusion And Doubt

Canadian bluegrass band The Dead South are set to bring their foot-stomping music to Western Canada on an 18-date fall tour in support of their upcoming album Illusion and Doubt (Curve Music / Entertainment One), set to be released November 18, 2016. The tour will kick off on November 23 at Tracks Pub in Olds, AB and wrap on December 16 at The Exchange in their hometown of Regina, SK. For ticket information visit: www.thedeadsouth.com.   

Illusion and Doubt is a refreshing take on bluegrass and folk, while also incorporating elements of rock, punk and classical music to the tracks. The lead single Boots,opens the album with an up-tempo beat and features lyrics about free-spirited love. After a short quiet prelude, the banjo and guitar pick-up will have listeners on their feet dancing. The spirited song showcases The Dead South’s talent and knack for encompassing humour into their music. Released in advance in Europe, Illusion and Doubt rose in the Denmark music charts to break the Top 10.

“We’re beyond excited to release our second album, llusion & Doubt! It represents the culmination of everything we’ve been up to since the release of Good Company,” said banjo player, Colton Crawford. “Jason Plumb’s production allowed us to get everything to sound just how we wanted it, and we can’t wait for you to hear it.”

The Dead South’s sound and style transcends time. Wearing white shirts with black suspenders, black pants and travellers’ hats, The Dead South are fun, modern-day hillbillies who marry an incredible stage presence with their distinct country twang that includes banjos, mandolins, a cello, guitars, whistles, finger snapping and occasionally some head banging. 

Comprised of Nate Hilts (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin), Scott Pringle (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Colton Crawford (banjo, kick drum) and Danny Kenyon (cello, vocals), The Dead South have put their own spin on traditional bluegrass music. Singing about murderous estranged spouses to runaway lover cousins, the band encourages fans to kick back, enjoy the music and forget what era they’re in. The band’s first full-length album and respected tour Good Company, earned them CIMA’s prestigious Road Gold Award for selling over 25,000 concert tickets between 2014 and 2015.

Enthralling audiences all over the world, The Dead South have toured Europe and the U.K., as well as, Canada, multiple times. Voted “Best Band” in Prairie Dog Magazine’s “Best of Regina” in 2015, the band have proven to be a powerhouse band and their fans just can’t seem to get enough. The Dead South are passionate about their music creating a unique sound that is fun and somewhat tongue-in-cheek, with serious musicianship.

Illusion and Doubt  – Track List

  1. Boots

  2. Every Man Needs A Chew

  3. Dead Man’s Isle

  4. Smoochin’ In the Ditch

  5. One-Armed Man

  6. The Good Lord

  7. Delirium

  8. Miss Mary

  9. Time For Crawlin’

  10. The Massacre of El Kuroke

  11. Hard Day

  12. Gunslinger’s Glory

The Dead South Tour Dates

November 23, 2016

Tracks Pub

Olds, AB

November 24, 2016

Bailey Theatre

Camrose, AB

November 25, 2016

Bo’s Bar & Grill

Red Deer, AB

November 26, 2016

SAIT – The Gateway

Calgary, AB

November 27, 2016

The Acoustic Owl

Lethbridge, AB

November 30, 2016

Stage Door

Cranbrook, BC

December 1, 2016

The Flying Steamshovel

Rossland, BC

December 2, 2016


Kelowna, BC

December 3, 2016

Biltmore Cabaret

Vancouver, BC

December 4, 2016

Tractorgrease Café

Chilliwack, BC

December 6, 2016

The Olive Bistro

Jasper, AB

December 7, 2016

The Needle Vinyl Tavern

Edmonton, AB

December 8, 2016

Capitol Music Club

Saskatoon, SK

December 9, 2016

Norman Ritchie Community Centre

Kindersley, SK

December 10, 2016

Stable 8

Erskine, AB

December 15, 2016

The Exchange

Regina, SK

December 16, 2016

The Exchange

Regina, SK

For more information, visit:  www.thedeadsouth.com

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