Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada the Dead South brings a darker and grittier sound to the country bluegrass genre.
With roots going back to the pioneering days of Canada and the US, the birth of Bluegrass in both the Canadian and US music backgrounds, Bluegrass has faded somewhat as a popular music style.
Even here in New Zealand in the 1950’s through to the late 70’s country bluegrass was always heard. With our own local bands and Bands such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and there widely acclaimed hit “Mr Bogangles ” there was always something to listen to from the folk/country scene. By the end of the 1970’s this style of music had pretty much disappeared from the radio playlists, usurped by punk rock and new wave and a younger generation that was going in a different direction and was quickly becoming more mainstream.
Fast forward to 2020 and we are seeing a resurgence in a lot of these partially forgotten music styles and influences. A new generation of music lovers are rediscovering the sheer wealth of talent that paved the way for the current crop of music artistry, while at the same time this generation is tiring of the canned garbage that a lot of music studios put out.
Its little wonder that artists are avoiding the big studios and relying on the likes of YouTube to get their music out there. If it doesn’t suit the three and a half minute mantra the studios dont really want to embrace new artists. Thats what makes seeing acts like The Dead South come to life and what makes it so refreshing.
Its also what makes duos like Larkin Poe so good to listen to and watch in concert. See the link lower down for these two hugely talented ladies.