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Published on September 12th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Rock My World Canada, Chapter 3: The Dead South

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s GuideIt’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC]

The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. With gritty vocals, soaring harmonies, blazing banjo licks, and prominent cello melodies, The Dead South blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of toe-tapping acoustic music.

While The Dead South’s signature blend of bluegrass and classic folk is familiar, it’s also eminently fresh; fueled by the kind of energy and ethic 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. – The Dead South

Find out more about Gandharvas and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Get your copy here.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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