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Dead South alive and well and coming back to Lethbridge with new music

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Popular Regina based roots/ country/bluegrass band the Dead South are alive and well, despite having to cancel their most  recent European tour after their banjo player Colton Crawford fell seriously ill.

The Dead South Return to Lethbridge, Nov. 27. Photo by Richard Amery
“ He’s all right now. He needed to take time away from the band to heal up and get better,” said Dead South guitarist/vocalist Nate Hilts who brings the Dead South  back to Lethbridge with Boots and the Hoots,  to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 27 in support of their brand new album “Illusion and Doubt.”

“We had to cancel everything except the first date. But we’ll be going back in the spring, said Hilt, who is excited to do a Western Canadian tour out to Vancouver and back to Regina with bandmates Scott Pringle - Mandolin/Guitar/Backup Vocals;  Danny Kenyon - Cello and banjo player Eliza Doyle.

“We’ll come and play hard and play some new stuff and play a killer show. It should be great,” Hilt promised.

 They are also excited to share the music from the new CD.
“It has 12 tracks on it. We did it a little differently.  We recorded it in Studio One here in Regina with Jason Plumb and we used different instrumentation. We got a great fiddle player Ed Minevich and Ian Cameron to play pedal steel and we experimented with more time changes in the songs,” Hilt said.

They are excited to play Lethbridge again, where they have always had great turnouts at their shows.


“We were looking forward to playing the Slice, but it closed,  but we’re excited to play the Owl Acoustic lounge. We’re excited to se some familiar face and we]re very excited to have Boots and the Hoots with us,” he enthused, adding, Boots and the Hoots are also playing with them for the Red Deer date on this tour.

 They are looking forward to going back to Europe in the spring after  taking time to  tour Western Canada and play the new music.

“We play Europe a few times a year and we always get good crowds. They’re great audiences who are always interested in listening to new music. And they almost always supply us with accommodations, food and as much beer as we can drink,” he enthused.

“ It’s always lots of fun to play for people who are excited about music. So we’ll be doing this tour and preparing to go to Europe and prepare for festival season,” he said.
 Tickets for the Dead South and Boots and the Hoots cost $20 at the door or Blueprint. The show begins at 9 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 November 2016 11:15 )  
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