The Dead South’s – ‘Chains & Stakes’

The Dead South’s ‘Chains & Stakes’: A Bluegrass Odyssey Through Time and Tale

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In a triumphant return to their roots, The Dead South unveils their fourth studio album, Chains & Stakes, an exploration of bluegrass that intertwines classic themes with modern flair.

Produced by: Jimmy Nutt and The Dead South

Released on February 9, 2023, via Six Shooter Records, The Dead South’s Chains & Stakes album is a testament to the band’s commitment to their unique sound. Recorded in Mexico City, the album features 13 tracks, each weaving a tapestry of plot twists, family sagas, grudges, and of course—banjo riffs. The harmonies, executed with flawless precision, exude a blend of darkness and levity, a hallmark of The Dead South’s unmistakable style.

The album opens a new chapter for the band, building on the success of their joint covers EPs and critically acclaimed album, Sugar & Joy from 2019. From the catchy melodies of ‘Tiny Wooden Box’ to the foot-stomping energy of ’20 Mile Jump,’ Chains & Stakes solidifies The Dead South’s position as modern bluegrass trailblazers.

As the album unfolds, listeners are treated to tales of murder ballads, disloyalty, ghosts, and more, all delivered with the band’s signature wink and smile. Released ahead of their extensive 2024 tour across the USA and Europe, Chains & Stakes cements The Dead South’s status as masters of modern bluegrass storytelling. Whether you’re a dedicated fan or a newcomer to their sound, this album invites you to join the global community of “Good Company.” With Chains & Stakes, The Dead South continues to defy expectations, crafting timeless pieces that will echo through the hills and prairies for years to come.

Standout Songs: Blood On The Mind, 20 Mile Jump, Completely Sweetly

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