THE DEAD SOUTH
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Friday, October 5 – OFS Presents
THE DEAD SOUTH + Leeroy Stagger and Del Suelo
7:00pm door / 8:00pm show
$25 General Admission / $20 OFS Members
All Ages • Mezzanine lounge open for 21+
Tickets available at the box office and online June 8
The Dead South have been described as outlaws and modern hillbillies, but the best way to describe the Regina-based band is fearless. They’re a rare musical commodity – a band that’s equally compelling on record as they are on stage. While the band’s signature blend of bluegrass and classic folk is familiar, it’s also eminently fresh; fueled by the kind of energy and ethics you’d associate with a punk band. “A lot of our inspiration comes from an old-school feel, but our sound is an amalgamation of the music we all like, and the punk influence is definitely there,” says vocalist/guitarist Nate Hilts.
Since the release of their second record, Illusion & Doubt (Curve Music/Entertainment One), in late 2016, The Dead South have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the 49th parallel. The album recently hit Top 5 on the US Billboard Bluegrass chart and entered the top 30 on the US Country iTunes Chart. That’s fueled interest in the band’s debut, Good Company, as well, which, though released in 2015, recently hit the Top 50 On Billboard and the Top 20 on US iTunes overall chart.
Illusion & Doubt relies heavily on songs about lovin’, cheatin’, killin’ and drinkin’ – “But it’s a more mature take on lovin’, cheatin’, killin’ and drinkin,’” Hilts says, laughing. Illusion & Doubt also finds the band expanding on their amalgamation of vintage folk, alt. country, and bluegrass, adding fiddle and pedal steel, but not abandoning their stripped-down acoustic sound.
The Dead South displays a no holds barred ethic that blurs musical genres and transcends time – not only because their singular brand of punk-tinged, vintage folk can’t be pinned down to any specific era, but because Illusion & Doubt recalls a time when fans listened to records top to bottom, over and again.
Leeroy Stagger is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. Raised in rural British Columbia, Stagger worked in several local bands until gaining attention from acts such as Hot Hot Heat and Carolyn Mark.
Del Suelo is an author, songwriter, and touring performer based out of Saskatchewan. His Latest novel+album “I Am Free” was released April 2016.