“The best contemporary bluegrass band around.” – AmericanaUK
“Masterful modern Americana.” – SupaJam
“Bluegrass Alchemy.” – NARC Magazine
The Dead South announce their return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, this time for two nights, July 12 and 13, 2024. Tickets will be available to the public on Friday, December 8 at 9am CT. The two shows are an exciting addition to a busy year ahead that will see the band headline major festivals across North America, Australia and Europe, release a new album, make their live debut in Mexico, and more.
The band readies for the February release of their fourth full-length album, Chains & Stakes, with a new song out today. “A Little Devil,” first introduced at their sold out debut at The Mother Church this past summer, is a song about temptation and regret. Musically, “A Little Devil” shows off the band’s considerable talent for ferocious and fiery strumming, masterfully balancing its stops and starts, twists and turns while it careens between love song and cautionary tale.
Chains & Stakes reunites The Dead South with Grammy winner Jimmy Nutt, who produced the JUNO Award winning, Billboard chart-topping Sugar & Joy, their previous studio album. With 13 songs of plot twists, family trees, grudges, insurance scams, bacon, burials, banjo riffs and more, Chains & Stakes is an album of surprises, top-notch musicianship and entertaining tales.
As they grow more adventurous and assured with each album, Chains & Stakes is a truly “Dead South” collection in the balance of darkness and levity that has come to define their unmistakable approach. The Dead South will come full circle on the story of the album next October, when they return to Mexico City, where they recorded Chains & Stakes, to make their live debut in the country.
The Dead South have never been about constant reinvention, but about full commitment to their own singular way. With confidence in their sound and style and trust in each other, The Dead South arrive at the cusp of explosive global success in an enviable, and well-earned, position: total autonomy. It doesn’t really matter what you call it – progressive bluegrass, alternative Americana, country, folk and western, what matters is that this is their music, and people from all different backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, languages and ages love it.
True blue right through, The Dead South don’t shy away from ruffling traditionalists’ feathers from time to time, as they flawlessly execute banjo rolls and lightning fast mandolin tremolos, 3-part harmonies and songs of classic themes -murder ballads, disloyalty, ghosts and the like, all with a wink and a smile. As they continue their climb to the top, The Dead South have learned an important lesson: If you’re going to be outsiders, you’d better be great.
Confirmed by the passion of their Dead South cosplaying fans, who go to concerts in the band’s signature look, this four-piece acoustic set from the middle of the Canadian prairies have found their people. Good Company, as they call themselves, is a global community of vastly dissimilar folks who might not see eye to eye, but who stand shoulder to shoulder at the gigs.