The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan that has been playing together since September 2012. With gritty vocals, soaring harmonies, blazing banjo licks, and prominent cello melodies, The Dead South blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of toe-tapping acoustic music.
The Dead South has been hard at work since they formed as a band, having played over 50 shows in their first year, some of which include: playing at the Saskatchewan Party Premier's Dinner for a crowd of over 2000 people, playing for the Juno Host Committee during Juno Fest 2013, selling out the Riddell Center in February 2013, playing the main stage at the Montmartre All Folk'd Up Music Festival, and playing at The Cathedral Village Arts Festival. They also embarked on their first tour that took place in July 2013 where they played 18 shows at 16 different venues across Saskatchewan and Alberta.
On top of playing shows and touring, The Dead South recorded a five track EP in April 2013 titled The Ocean Went Mad And We Were To Blame, released physically and digitally (worldwide) on June 29, 2013. As well as selling over 1000 copies in the first three months, the album was well received and has been reviewed multiple times by various publications, including Leicester Bangs of the United Kingdom, giving it a favorable rating of 3.9 out of 5, and Nick Greengrass of Greengrass Radio who said "The Dead South may be the most talented, dedicated band Regina has to offer." The Dead South has also been featured on CJTR Community Radio in Regina, where they were interviewed on ‘The Deeper Well’ and ‘Music in the Spotlight’ radio shows, where the album received airplay on both respective shows.
The Dead South have been interviewed and featured in numerous local newspapers in Regina and Saskatoon, some of which include the Leader Post, The Verb, Metro, Bridges, and QC. They have been on CTV Regina and Saskatoon showcasing their music, promoting their album release, and promoting their tour.
Since the inception of the band, The Dead South has continually pushed the energy of their live shows, as well as pushed what is possible between four ordinary acoustic instruments. The unique abilities and viewpoints of each band member make The Dead South an impossible band to duplicate, and a fixture of the Regina music scene that will not soon be leaving.