2018 TRADITIONAL ROOTS | The Dead South | | The JUNO Awards

The Dead South is a five-piece acoustic ensemble based in Saskatchewan. With Nate Hilts' gritty vocals and aggressive guitar, Scott Pringle's soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Eliza Mary Doyle's blazing banjo licks, and prominent cello melodies by Danny Kenyon and Erik Mehlsen. TDS blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of boot-stompin' acoustic music.

TDS has been hard at work since they formed as a band, having played several notable shows, including: Reeperbahn-Festival 2014, CMW 2014, Regina-Folk-Festival, Ness-Creek-Music-Festival, Gateway-Music-Festival, JUNOfest 2013 - 2014, Saskatchewan-Party-Premier's-Dinner, All-Folk'd-Up-Festival, and many more.

On top of playing shows, The Dead South released an EP in June 2013 titled The-Ocean-Went-Mad-and-We-Were-to-Blame. Following the success of their debut release, they returned to the studio and recorded their first full-length album, titled ‘Good-Company’. The Dead South showcased at CMW (Toronto), where they caught the attention of Jörg Tresp of Devil Duck Records (Hamburg, Germany). He immediately signed the band, released the album in Europe, and has booked the band for numerous overseas tours. Since the release of their second record, Illusion-&-Doubt (2016), TDS have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the 49th parallel.