The Dead South

A rock band without a drummer, a bluegrass band without a fiddler. For The Dead South, a self-styled 4-piece string band from Regina, it’s about how, not what, you play. Their combination of cello, mandolin, guitar and banjo has all the hallmarks of a traditional bluegrass band, while their feverish global fanbase, packed clubs and impressive sales, streaming and charting stats make them a truly modern success story. The Dead South's original and current lineup includes the gnarled baritone of Nate Hilts, Scott Pringle on mandolin, whistling cellist Danny Kenyon and virtuosic banjo player Colton Crawford. The four-piece, string-driven approach puts the interplay of unique and versatile voices front and centre, with Hilts, Pringle and Kenyon all sharing lead vocal duties.

Sugar & Joy, recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and produced by Grammy-winner Jimmy Nutt, showcases the band’s first-rate musicianship. With complex instrumentals, gothic storytelling and top-calibre performances, Sugar & Joy is the band’s most accomplished and most compelling work yet. Upon release, Sugar & Joy hit #2 overall on iTunes Canada and Top 20 sales peaks in the USA, UK, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and beyond, racking up 2 million first week streams. At radio, Sugar & Joy hit Top 10 NACC, #1 Earshot spot, Americana single and album charting, and more. Rave reviews from Mojo, Maverick, Billboard, Paste, PopMatters and more continue to roll in. With a tour that will span more than 20 countries and sell over 150,000 tickets worldwide, the JUNO-winning band are a proud independent success story.