THE DEAD SOUTH ANNOUNCE SUGAR & JOY, THIRD LP OUT OCTOBER 11, 2019. BULLETS IN THE HOLE: THE DEAD SOUTH ANTE UP WITH NEW VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE, “DIAMOND RING,” BOTH OUT TODAY.

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‘CANADA SERVED COLD’ FALL TOUR ON SALE NOW.

 

A rock band without a drummer, a bluegrass band without a fiddler. To the gentlemen of The Dead South, a self-styled 4-piece string band from Regina, Saskatchewan, it’s about how, not what, you play. The Dead South’s combination of cello, mandolin, guitar and banjo has all the hallmarks of a group tuned to bygone times, but with their signature sleight of hand, The Dead South find distinctly ­modern bathos in this old time rigging.

Today, the band announces their third album, Sugar & Joy, coming October 11, 2019 via Six Shooter Records. In “Diamond Ring,” released today, poor William, whoever he is, done got robbed by a would-be groom trying to impress his betrothed. Money doesn’t buy love, but it does buy the ring. “Diamond Ring” comes with a new video directed by frequent collaborators, Regina’s Two Brothers Films.

 

Watch “Diamond Ring,” directed by Two Brothers Films (Regina, SK). 

 

In The Dead South’s world, characters do what they must, even when twisted logic leads them astray. From the opening galloping strum to the lower register cello and backing vocals, the song’s moody mania captures The Dead South’s stock-in-trade, stories of desperation and bad decisions told in fast-paced, brightly-laced bursts. 

Sugar & Joy, The Dead South’s tightest, weirdest and most exciting studio work yet, is their first album written and recorded outside Regina. The album was produced by FAME Studio-trained Jimmy Nutt, a longtime member of the Muscle Shoals music scene whose recent credits include a Grammy for his work on The Steeldrivers. “They have an obvious dedication to what they are doing,” says Nutt. “They really encourage each other, which you don’t see a lot.”

A Bauhaus-via-bluegrass stomp and minor-key mandolin tremolo of “Alabama People,” which finds the universal in the hyper-regional, could not have been written anywhere else but at The Nutthouse. With equal parts empathy and fear, The Dead South have channeled their experience in the fraught, beautiful south into an outsider, observational anthem.

The ongoing question of what is, or is not, bluegrass music, occasionally froths up in The Dead South’s wake as they speed on to the next gig. Cue “Blue Trash,” a song built on a perfectly bluegrassy banjo lick about…not being a bluegrass band. “Blue Trash” is a love letter – not apologia – to the purists, for The Dead South come in peace.

Sugar & Joy will be released on October 11, 2019.

 

TOUR DATES:

SUMMER CRAWL 2019

EAU CLAIRE, WI: Blue Ox Music Festival, June 15

PERRANPORTH, UK: Bands in the Sands, June 21

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, UK: Black Deer Festival, June 22-23

OXFORD, UK: O2 Academy Oxford, June 25  

NORTHAMPTON, UK: Roadmender, June 26

BATH, UK: Komedia Bath, June 27

GLASTONBURY, UK: Glastonbury Festival, June 29-30

CALGARY, AB: Big Rock Brewery, July 6

NORTH PLAINS, OR: Northwest String Summit, July 18- 21 

JACKSONVILLE, OR: Britt Pavilion, July 21  

RENO, NV: Virginia Street Brewhouse, July 22  

MORRISON, CO: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, July 24 w/ Trampled By Turtles

SANTA FE, NM: Santa Fe Brewing Company, July 29

DALLAS, TX: Gas Monkey Live, July 30

TULSA, OK: Cain’s Ballroom, July 31

ST LOUIS, MO: Atomic Cowboy Pavilion, August 1

ST. CHARLES, IA: Hinterland Music Festival, August 2-4

REGINA, SK: Regina Folk Festival, Aug 9-11

 

CANADA SERVED COLD TOUR 

VANCOUVER, BC: Commodore Ballroom, Oct 19 + 20 

EDMONTON, AB: details coming soon.

CALGARY, AB: MacEwan Hall, Oct 24

SASKATOON, SK: TCU Place, Oct 25

WINNIPEG, MB: Burton Cummings Theatre, Oct 26

OTTAWA, ON: TD Place Arena, Oct 29

TORONTO, ON: The Phoenix, Oct 31

MONTREAL, QC: Telus, Nov 1

QUEBEC CITY, QC: Imperial, Nov 2

HALIFAX, NS: The Marquee, Nov 4

*NEW* USA SERVED COLD TOUR (on sale 6/28)

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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Fillmore, Dec 1

SACRAMENTO, CA: Ace of Spaces, Dec 2

SEATTLE, WA: Showbox Sodo, Dec 5

SPOKANE, WA: Knitting Factory, Dec 6

GARDEN CITY, ID: Revolution Concert House, Dec 7

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: The Orange Peel, Jan 16

RALEIGH, NC: The Ritz, Jan 17

CHARLOTTE, NC: The Underground at the 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

IRELAND AND UK SERVED COLD TOUR 

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