The album was released on cassette and vinyl and was not released on CD until May 2009, as part of a Deluxe Edition package of Tom Tom Club's first album.The original British vinyl album was released in six different colors.The Dead South, however, have never had to beg for a welcome – certainly not live.Since Hilts, Scott Pringle (mandolin, vocals), Colton Crawford (banjo) and Danny Kenyon (cello) got together in 2012, they’ve built a large international following on the road.
Illusion & Doubt also finds the band expanding on their amalgamation of vintage folk, alt.
“Getting the band together really inspired everyone to woodshed, collectively and individually,” Hilts adds And the result is music that just sinks into your soul; raw, raucous and so aggressively honest it seems like the band just rolled out of bed, grabbed a bottle of whisky and hit the stage.
Since signing their first record deal with Germany’s Devil Duck Records in 2014, “Touring is pretty much all we’ve been doing,” Hilts says.
Since the release of their second record, Illusion & Doubt (Curve Music/Entertainment One), in late 2016, The Dead South have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the 49th parallel.
Illusion & Doubt recently hit Top 5 on the US Billboard Bluegrass chart and entered the top 30 on the US Country i Tunes Chart.