The shuffling boots of Eliza Doyle. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

The Dead South perform boot-stompin’ Wapiti set

The Dead South performed a boot-stomping concert Friday night, August 11, and brought many onto the grass to sing and dance along.

This was their first time in Fernie.

The Saskatchewan folk band has recently risen up the charts for their successful song, In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company. They have become known for their unique grit, punchy lyrics and catchy beats. Since releasing this tune on Youtube last October, it received over 20 million views.

The man behind the raspy lead vocals is Nate Hilts, out of Regina, Saskatchewan. He never anticipated this song would become that successful. The music video was filmed during one day in Toronto and two days in Regina.

Hilts anticipates many music videos for many songs off their new album, Illusion and Doubt.

“We’re going to do one for Boots, Good Lord, Miss Mary, Time For Crawlin’, Dead Man’s Isle, and we’re definitely going to do one for Gunslinger’s Glory,” said Hilts.

The band has recently seen some hiccups, after losing their banjo player, Colton Crawford. After some quick searching, they took on Eliza Doyle out of northern Saskatchewan, last November.

Crawford was an essential member of the band, as he was one of the founding members alongside Hilts. When touring became too much and he became exhausted, Crawford decided to step back and take a break.

Following the adoption of Doyle, The Dead South toured Europe and hit many spots around Canada when they came back. After Wapiti, they are heading south into the states, and back to Europe to finish off the year.

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