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The Dead South is a Canadian folkbluegrass musical ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. The band was initially formed in 2012 as a quartet by Canadians Nate Hilts (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Scott Pringle (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Danny Kenyon (cello, vocals). Colton Crawford, on banjo left the band in 2015 and was replaced by studio musician Eliza Mary Doyle.[1]

Often jokingly referring to themselves as “Mumford and Sons‘ Evil Twins”, the band played live venues before releasing their debut five-song 2013 EP, The Ocean Went Mad and We Were to Blame.[2] Their 2014 album Good Company was released by German label Devil Duck Records, and led to significant overseas touring for the next two years.

The band’s third LP, Illusion and Doubt, was released through Toronto label Curve Music in 2016. It quickly climbed to number 5 in the Billboard bluegrass charts.[1] An updated version of Good Company’s single “In Hell, I’ll Be in Good Company”, produced by Jason Plumb, was created along with a video on YouTube, and is credited as contributing to the breakthrough release for the band.

Nate Hilts and Danny Kenyon came up with the idea for a “rockin’ stompin’ bluegrass band”[3] in 2012 while playing together in a short-lived alternative grunge band. After the grunge band’s demise, Colton Crawford and Scott Pringle joined what would became the Regina-based band The Dead South.[4] Crawford learned banjo and Pringle learned how to play the mandolin to supplement his guitar. They ended up with their own version of the bluegrass genre. They strive for a satirical view of the genre while remaining true to it.[3]

The band toured extensively and repeatedly in Canada and Europe – so much so that Crawford left the band in 2015 due to “insomnia and exhaustion” arising from the lack of routine.[1] Doyle, a noted solo and studio musician, was hired to fill the vacancy left by Crawford.

Danny Kenyon remains a member of The Dead South and maintains a career in engineering; therefore, Erik Mehlsen was brought in to aid the cello spot for touring.[5]

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