#1 Billboard Bluegrass Albums
#4 Billboard Heatseekers Albums
#1 New Releases, Bluegrass, Amazon USA
#1 Best Seller, Bluegrass, Amazon UK
#3 Americana Albums Chart, UK
#2 iTunes Albums Chart, Canada



“Blazin’ banjos and heated harmonies. ****” (MOJO)

“The Dead South’s musicianship shines on Sugar & Joy” – Billboard

“Bluegrass experimenters The Dead South have never been content to play roots music the traditional way.” – Paste

“Masterful overall use of cello, mandolin, guitar and banjo in conveying their unique bluegrass feel.” – Ultimate Guitar

“Filled with wonderfully weird, vivid songs that range from barn burners to one-foot-in-front-of-the-other work songs.” – CBC Music

The Dead South have made a statement with Sugar & Joy, their first Billboard Bluegrass #1, out now via Six Shooter Records. For their third full-length record, the four-piece string band from Saskatchewan, Canada, traveled out of their hometown and comfort zone to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where they convened with Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Nutt to make what has been lauded as their most compelling, complex and impressive work yet.


Sugar & Joy’s Billboard chart debuts include:

#1 on Bluegrass Albums
#1 on Heatseekers – Mountain
#4 on Heatseekers Albums
#7 on Americana/Folk Album Sales
#13 on Independent Albums
#15 on Emerging Artists
#35 on Top Current Albums
#40 on Top Album Sales


With strong iTunes chart showings in Canada, USA to UK to Sweden, Denmark, Australia and beyond, Sugar & Joy’s impressive success out of the gate – for a band that has flown relatively under the radar of bluegrass and Americana worlds on both sides of the Atlantic – attests to the robust and enthusiastic fanbase The Dead South have cultivated over a decade of dogged touring. Along the way, The Dead South have grappled with the physical and mental fallout of road life, addressed with love and care on the emotional “Crawdaddy Served Cold,” the only song on Sugar & Joy without Colton ‘Crawdaddy’ Crawford’s skillful banjo playing. In this way, Sugar & Joy shows a band hitting new creative heights while also processing their own journey.

On the new single “Black Lung,” built around a sturdy cello line and a stark stomp, the band approaches the theme of destructive labour from another angle, with a JC Ortiz-penned coal mining story that “echoes the long, sad grind of working in a job that’s slowly killing you and barely allowing you to eke out a living in return” (PopMatters).

The Dead South are currently on the road for the Canadian leg of their SERVED COLD tour, which lands in the USA in November. The Served Cold tour, which winds its way through Ireland, UK and Europe in 2020, will see more than 150,000 tickets sold worldwide.

EDMONTON, AB: Winspear Centre, Oct 23+ (SOLD OUT)
CALGARY, AB: MacEwan Hall, Oct 24+
WINNIPEG, MB: Burton Cummings Theatre, Oct 26+
OTTAWA, ON: TD Place Arena, Oct 29~
TORONTO, ON: The Phoenix, Oct 31~
MONTREAL, QC: MTelus, Nov 1^
QUEBEC CITY, QC: Imperial, Nov 2^ (SOLD OUT)
FREDERICTION, NB: Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, Nov 4^
HALIFAX, NS: The Marquee, Nov 4^ (SOLD OUT)
*w/ Andino Suns
+ w/ Legendary Shack Shakers
~ w/ Elliott BROOD
^ w/ Devarrow


USA SERVED COLD TOUR Presented by LiveNation Ones To Watch and SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction.
TEMPE, AZ: Marquee Theatre, Nov 24*
LAS VEGAS, NV: House of Blues, Nov 25*
SAN DIEGO, CA: House of Blues, Nov 26*
LOS ANGELES, CA: The Belasco Theatre, Nov 27*
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: The Fremont Theatre, Nov 29*
RENO, NV: Virginia Street Brewhouse, Nov 30*
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Fillmore, Dec 1*
SACRAMENTO, CA: Ace of Spaces, Dec 2*
PORTLAND, OR: Roseland Theatre, Dec 4+
SEATTLE, WA: Showbox SoDo, Dec 5+
SPOKANE, WA: Knitting Factory, Dec 6+
GARDEN CITY, ID: Revolution Concert House, Dec 7+
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: The Depot, Dec 9#
GRAND JUNCTION, CO: The Mesa Theatre & Club, Dec 10#
DENVER, CO: Mission Ballroom, Dec 12#
LINCOLN, NE: The Royal Grove, Dec 13#
KANSAS CITY, MO: The Truman, Dec 14#
CLEVELAND, OH: House of Blues, Jan 5#
BUFFALO, NY: Asbury Hall at Babeville, Jan 6#
BOSTON, MA: House of Blues, Jan 7#
BROOKLYN, NY: Warsaw, Jan 9#
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Theatre Of The Living Arts, Jan 10#
SILVER SPRING, MD: The Fillmore Silver Spring, Jan 11#
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA: Elevation 27, Jan 12#
CINCINNATI, OH: Bogarts, Jan 14#
LOUISVILLE, KY: Mercury Ballroom, Jan 15#
ASHEVILLE, NC: Orange Peel, Jan 16~
RALEIGH, NC: The Ritz, Jan 17~
CHARLOTTE, NC: The Underground, Fillmore Charlotte, Jan 18~
CHARLESTON, SC: Music Farm, Jan 20~
ORLANDO, FL: House of Blues, Jan 21~
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL: Revolution Live, Jan 23~
TAMPA, FL: The Orpheum, Jan 24~
ATLANTA, GA: Buckhead Theatre, Jan 25~
w/ Scott H. Biram*
w/ Elliott BROOD+
w/ The Hooten Hollers~
w/ Legendary Shack Shakers#


DUBLIN, IE: Vicar Street, Feb 18
BELFAST, UK: Ulster Hall, Feb 19
GLASGOW, UK: O2 Academy, Feb 21
NEWCASTLE, UK: O2 Academy, Feb 22
MANCHESTER, UK: Academy, Feb 23
BIRMINGHAM, UK: O2 Academy, Feb 25
PORTSMOUTH, UK: Guildhall, Feb 26
LONDON, UK: Brixton Academy, Feb 27
NOTTINGHAM, UK: Rock City, Feb 28
EXETER, UK: Great Hall, Feb 29


ANTWERP, BE: De Roma, Mar 24
UTRECHT, NL: TivoliVredenburg, Mar 25
HAMBURG, DE: Docks, Mar 27
COPENHAGEN, DK: Amager Bio, Mar 28
OSLO, NO: John Dee, Mar 29
STOCKHOLM, SE: Debaser Strand, Mar 30
BERLIN, DE: Columbiahalle, Apr 1
HANNOVER, DE: Capitol, Apr 2
LEIPZIG, DE: Werk 2, Apr 3
PRAGUE, CZ: Palac Akropolis, Apr 4 (SOLD OUT)
VIENNA, AU: Gasometer, Apr 5
ZURICH, CH: Volkshaus, Apr 7
MUNICH, DE: Tonhalle, Apr 8
FRANKFURT, DE: Batschkapp, Apr 9
COLOGNE, DE: E Werk, Apr 11
PARIS, FR: La Cigale, May 12
LAUSANNE, CH: Les Docks, May 14
MILAN, IT: Serraglio, May 16
MADRID, ES: Moby Dick Club, May 21
VALENCIA, ES: Sala El Loco, May 22
BARCELONA, ES: La Nau, May 23