Created in the winter of 2011 by founding members Zack Hay, Mark Retajczyk and Colin Hunt, The North & South Dakotas set out crafting a sound that paid homage to the spirit of old time american music, mountain folk and singer-songwriter traditions. With the addition of drummer Mike Graves and utility-man Nayt Patenaude, the band continued honing in on a sound containing elements of bluegrass, country, folk, honky-tonk, and rock and roll. The mixture of each members’ different musical background has culminated in a unique, harmony-rich, genre sweeping sound, determined to break up the monotony of the modern airwaves.
Featured regularly on 102.7 WEQX (The Real Alternative) and 97.7 WEXT (The Exit), The North & South Dakotas have also supported touring acts such as Deer Tick, Ryan Montbleau, Waylon Speed, Floodwood, Dangermuffin, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Donna The Buffalo, and The Mallett Brothers Band.
The band is proud to announce they will release their first full length album "Been Away", February 2016.
The North & South Dakotas Are: Zack Hay (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Mark Retajczyk (Electric Guitar, Vocals) Colin Hunt (Bass) Nayt Patenaude (Dobro, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals) Mike Graves (Drums, Trumpet, Vocals)
Discography: Big Dipper (2011), Long Time Coming (2013), Honey (2014)