The Dead South - CrossroadsKC417 E. 18th Street Kansas City,MO
10/19/2018 7:00 PM - 10/19/2018 9:00 PM
The Dead South
A Canadian folk-bluegrass musical ensemble from Regina, Saskatchewan. They sing about murderous, estranged spouses and runaway lover cousins in a boot-stomping acoustic configuration that includes banjo, mandolin, cello and guitar, some whistles, hoots and hollerin’, and finger snappin’. The idea for a rockin’ stompin’ bluegrass band came to Nate and Danny 2012; they had played together before back in high school in a short-lived alternative grunge band. Nate had been listening to Trampled By Turtles, Old Crow Medicine Show, and older bluegrass acts and the two wanted to put their own spin on tradition. This also marked Nate’s very first go at singing. They wrote some originals and tested them out at open mics. Shortly after, Colton, who was into metal, and Scott, more in the singer-songwriter vein, added more bodies to The Dead South. Colton learned banjo and Scott switched from guitar to mandolin. The result was their own unique take on the Bluegrass genre, as none of them actually had any clue what they were doing. But they knew they wanted it to be fun, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, with serious musicianship.
Split Lip Rayfield
From the blood-red heart of Kansas, Split Lip Rayfield is going stronger than ever. It's completely fair to call these guys legends. It's been more than two decades since they first mashed up their aggressive stew of acoustic bluegrass instrumentation, tight country vocals, fierce metal shred and in-your-face punk sensibilities. One observer said we all "owe them a huge debt for not only defining a sound, but stretching the possibilities of the acoustic music world. Fans of Flatt & Scruggs and Metallica could find a common tent to party under."
So yeah, they virtually invented "thrashgrass." But then they kept right on moving as their chops, songs and selves grew stronger from hard-won experience. Following the 2007 death of their beloved bandmate and founder Kirk Rundstrom, SLR reinvented itself by simply staying the course and continuing to play hundreds of shows -- and there are hundreds more to go.
Their new material highlights the powerful songwriting talents of banjo innovator Eric Mardis and mandolin renegade Wayne Gottstine, while bassist Jeff Eaton holds it all down with his hand-built one-string Stitchgiver.
All of that old-school invention and energy is intact, and they still stomp the living hell out of a stage. But their songs keep getting better, and their sound is sneakier and smarter than ever. "Split Lip Rayfield is still the same band with the same ideals that we've had for years," said Gottstine. "But we're more diverse, sound-wise, than we have ever been before."
Their fans know this: Split Lip Rayfield truly delivers. Every record is a revelation, and every concert is an unforgettable experience. Don't miss these guys.
Actionpacked, highenergy trassgrass from Austin, TX. New Self Titled Album produced by Robert Ellis out now.
"Chops away at traditional bluegrass constraints with a mischievous cleaver, mixing in shadows of Delta swamps and New Orleans basements... the fierce inertia of Old Crow Medicine Show, the ramshackle folk punch of Felice Brothers and the punk energy of a pre-sobriety Deer Tick."
- Rolling Stone
"They've been killing it in Austin for a few years now. They have that spirit of busking, that punk spirit of 'let's lay it on the line, let's play our instruments hard and messy and just have a great time.'" -
- Ann Powers, NPR World Café
"Rich, layered music with heavy themes"
"A bluegrass record you can mosh to."
- The Bluegrass Situation
"Whiskey Shivers revive the joyful essence of a community barn dance [with an] anything-goes philosophy."
- CMT Edge
"Infectious...this album doesn't just capture what the Whiskey Shivers do live, it elevates it.
- Saving Country Music