The latest video from The Dead South was filmed on the historic Graham Ranch in the Alberta Badlands – it’s an incredible, awe-inspiring backdrop for one of the band’s finest songs yet. Directed by Edmonton-based Jeremy Chugg, this visual feast, full of grand vistas, is the perfect accompaniment for a song with powerful lyrics and dark, emotional themes. The repeated question is full of tension: “If time heals everything // Then why do I // Still feel this pain.” Based on a true story of receiving a call from an insurance company about paying to be transported home in the event of death, ‘Tiny Wooden Box’ delivers a series of unsettling ideas, becoming increasingly moody as the song progresses.
On ‘Tiny Wooden Box’, The Dead South’s key features are all in evidence: intricate arrangements, mesmerising finger-picking, impressive harmonies and a compelling vocal performance. There are clever changes in pace and energy, and the band display outstanding musicianship throughout.
This is the first single from The Dead South’s upcoming album ‘Chains & Stakes’, the band’s fourth studio album, due out on February 9th, 2024. Pre-order the new album here. It promises to be another strong collection of songs from, perhaps, the best contemporary bluegrass band around. For the joyous sound of the mandolin alone, check this out.