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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, and The Mallett Brothers Band.
The band is proud to announce their third independent release, the EP “Honey” available April 5th 2014.
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)