How The Dead South conquered Lake Tahoe

On December 18th, in snow-capped Lake Tahoe, The Dead South packed the auditorium at Bally’s Lake Tahoe Casino Resort. The opening act for the night was artist Willy Tea Taylor. His deep voice and intricate picking on his 1920s Martin 4-string guitar was reminiscent of the old cowboy songwriting days. His mix of folk music and witty humor had the crowd engaged from the start. Willy will be touring in 2022 throughout California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Once his set ended, and setup for the main act was completed, the lights went dark as band members proceeded to take their place onstage.

The Dead South is a four-member band composed of Nate Hilts (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Scott Pringle (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Danny Kenyon (cello, vocals) and, last, but not least, Colton Crawford (banjo). They opened the show with the song “Diamond Ring” off their 2019 album Sugar & Joy. Earning a thunderous applause after opening the show, the band continued to play hits from various records they have recorded since their 2014 album Good Company, which landed them a spot on the Billboard’s Top 100. Songs played throughout the night included hits such as “Recap”, “Black Lung” and “In Hell I’ll be in Good Company”. After a deafening chant from the crowd, the band returned to the stage for an encore, performing their hit “Banjo Odyssey”.  They ended the night by passing out some guitar picks, a couple set lists and some high fives to a few lucky fans. The band will continue touring the United States through early February before touring through Europe the rest of next year. This is definitely a band worth seeing, so be sure to catch a show! 

Photography by CJ Maddox

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