The Dead South: Diamond Ring

The maverick Regina hit bluegrass outfit The Dead South has announced the Oct. release of a third full-length album, Sugar & Joy. This lead single is a frisky tune driven by banjo, mandolin, and cello, and bolstered with full-blooded vocal harmonies.

The Dead South: Diamond Ring

By Kerry Doole

The Dead South - Diamond Ring (Six Shooter): Maverick Regina bluegrass outfit The Dead South took the roots music world by storm a couple of years ago with In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company, a tune from its debut album, Good Company.

The video for the track went viral, notching 133M YouTube views, an unheard-of figure within this genre. A second album confirmed the group's talent, and extensive international touring followed.

The band has now announced that a third full-length, Sugar & Joy, will come out on Oct. 11, via Six Shooter Records.

This lead single is a frisky tune driven by banjo, mandolin, and cello, and bolstered with full-blooded vocal harmonies. Three minutes in, the song makes a dramatic but effective u-turn, showing that the group is unconstrained by bluegrass convention.


The man behind the earlier smash hit video, Zach Wilson of Two Brothers Films, returns to the camera here, coming up with a striking gambling-themed clip that is quickly showing signs of attracting another huge audience.

Sugar & Joy is the group's first album written and recorded outside Regina. It was produced by FAME Studio-trained Jimmy Nutt, a longtime member of the Muscle Shoals music scene whose recent credits include a Grammy for his work on The Steeldrivers. “They have an obvious dedication to what they are doing,” says Nutt in a label press release. “They really encourage each other, which you don’t see a lot.”

The Dead South is currently touring in the UK, including a show at the famed Glastonbury fest this week. A July 6 date at Calgary's Big Rock Brewery is followed by a ten-city fall Canadian tour, Canada Served Cold, Oct. 19-Nov. 4. Dates here.






Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse


Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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