The Dead South release their take on “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”

The Dead South share a string-laced take on “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” with banjo and mandolin twined around sparse cello and forlorn baritone vocals. The new cover is found on Easy Listening for Jerks, Part I, half of a forthcoming double EP set that travels from nitty gritty Nashville to west coast weird and back again, putting The Dead South’s acoustic approach on classics of two very different sorts.

The Dead South have previewed the forthcoming companion project with material from both EPs, including “People Are Strange,” complete with banjo-UFO earthling abduction video, and the stark and desperate rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.”

Rich with quality fingerpicking and replete with harmonies, Easy Listening for Jerks offers many new moods of songs we think we know so well. The two parts of Easy Listening for Jerks find surprising common ground between traditional bluegrass and hard rock in the selection of songs of estrangement, misanthropy, and adversity. Foggy Mountain Boys, but make it Beetlejuice.

The Dead South continue to roll out Served Cold tour dates, with a new spring run in the USA produced by Live Nation on sale now.

FARGO, ND: Sanctuary, Jan 14 & 15
OMAHA, NE: Slowdown, Jan 16 & 17
IOWA CITY, IA: Englert Theatre, Jan 19 & 21
BLOOMINGTON, IL: Castle Theatre, Jan 22 & 23
NASHVILLE, TN: Exit/In: Jan 24 & 25
KEY WEST, FL: Mile 0 Fest, Jan 27 & 28
PENSACOLA, FL: Vinyl Music Hall, Jan 30 & 31
SAVANNAH, GA: Victory North, Feb 2 & 3
NEW ORLEANS, LA: House of Blues, Feb 4

ST. PETERSBURG, FL: Jannus Live, May 11
ORLANDO, FL: House of Blues, May 12
ATLANTA, GA: Buckhead Theatre, May 13
CHARLOTTE, NC: Fillmore Charlotte, May 14
RALEIGH, NC: The Ritz, May 15
RICHMOND, VA: The National, May 17*
BOSTON, MA: House of Blues, May 18
ITHACA, NY: State Theatre, May 19*
PHILADELPHIA, PA: The Fillmore, May 20
NEW YORK, NY: Irving Plaza, May 21

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