CEG & T Presents
The Dead South with The Hooten Hallers plus solo performer Del Suelo
Saskatchewan is how it sounds: A province in the prairies of Canada. Double the size of Germany, but with less than one million residents. Lots of nature, and lots of silence. Perhaps lots of time to fill the silence with natural sounds, too.
This is where the quartet The Dead South comes from, and fits perfectly within this description. The debut album “Good Company” revealed the four hatted, hairy and bearded fellas, with singer Nate Hilts as a focal point. The album is a perfect fit to the genres Folk, Neo-Folk and Bluegrass-Folk or even alternative Country with refreshing tunes to it. With impact, humor and a kind of bold manner of putting words into sound. The instrumentation stays knowingly pure: guitars, cello, banjo, kick drum, mandolin – building the acoustic fundamentals for full lead vocals and harmonies.
The first album really was a promise that is now fulfilled with the new release titled “Illusion & Doubt”. No doubt the four piece from the prairies has matured, not only because the banjo is now being played by a lady. Harmony changes as well as excellent and virtuosic instrumental parts have been added to their incredible energetic, passionate and sometimes surprisingly catchy melodies. But Hilts and company are far from being tame: “We are definitely closer to the Pogues than to Alison Krauss. Unfortunately, we do not possess much of the delicate elegance so we try and bring more energy and entertainment to our side. You could say we are a mix of Nu-folk with a few different styles mixed in between. We tend to add elements of classical, punk, rock, alternative, bluegrass, folk and everything in between.”
el Suelo is the pseudonym of Erik Mehlsen, who has spent the better part of the last decade touring as a member of the internationally successful The Dead South, winning a Juno Award in 2018, and performing with and writing songs for The Andino Suns, winning a WCMA in 2017.
Fans have been waiting patiently for a follow up to Del Suelo’s breakthrough 2016 release — a 10 chapter/10 song combination project titled I Am Free — an innovative art project forcing the collision of the worlds of the music and literature.
Since the release of I Am Free in 2016, Del Suelo has taken philosophical alt-pop sounds across Western Canada and Northern Europe (Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark and Austria). His virtuoso guitar playing, soaring vocals, and storytelling abilities have earned a him a reputation as a must-see live act. From festival to intimate cafe, he has shared the stage with acts such as Sloan, Corb Lund, and Chixdiggit.
Buzz is heating up regarding Del Suelo’s forthcoming release The Musician’s Compass: A 12 Step Programme, a wildly playful yet deeply sobering project about the highs and lows of living life on the road. The novel and LP will be released in September of 2018.