Hayseed Dixie

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Hayseed Dixie
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Hayseed Dixie performing in Stavanger, Norway, 2008
Background information
Also known as Kerosene Brothers
Origin United States
Genres Parody, bluegrass, country, rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels Dualtone
Cooking Vinyl
Festival Mushroom Records
Råtass Records
Website www.hayseed-dixie.com
Members John Wheeler aka Barley Scotch
Johnny Butten
Hippy Joe Hymas
Jake "Bakesnake" Byers
Past members Kurt Carrick
Mike Daly
Rusty Horn
Jason D Smith
Jeff Williams
Chad Mize
Dave Harrison
Nick Buda
Don Wayne Reno
Dale Reno
Notable instruments
banjo
fiddle
mandolin
acoustic bass

Hayseed Dixie is an American band which began in 2001 with the release of their first album, A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC. The band performs a mixture of cover versions of hard rock songs and original compositions in a style that is a unique fusion of bluegrass and rock music and they are acknowledged as the creators of the musical genre "Rockgrass". The band's name is a linguistic play on the name of the band AC/DC. The project was originally called AC/Dixie on the first pressing of the debut album, but they respectfully heeded the request by lawyers from Sony Music to either change the name or face a copyright infringement lawsuit. Claiming to hail from Deer Lick Holler, Appalachia, the band has played over 1,000 live dates in 31 different countries since 2001.

Upon its initial debut release on April 17, 2001, the first Hayseed Dixie album of acoustic hillbilly-styled reworkings of AC/DC songs received considerable morning-show radio airplay in the US, selling over 250,000 albums in the US from 2001 to 2003, and the band toured the US club and festival circuit extensively during that time. In March 2003, the band had the unique distinction of having 3 different albums in the Top 15 in the bluegrass category of the US Billboard charts at the same time.[1] Western Europe, however, has shown the group the most enduring appreciation.

Since 2001, the band has produced 13 further themed albums in the Rockgrass style, composed of both hillbilly-esque reworkings of classic rock songs and of original material which is mainly satirical in nature.

Hayseed Dixie has performed at most major European folk and rock music festivals, including an appearance opening the Main Stage at Glastonbury in 2005. Attesting to their cross-genre appeal, they are the only band who have ever headlined English festival stages at both Castle Donington Download Festival and the Cambridge Folk Festival in the same year. In September 2005 they held their own festival, called Loopallu, in the small coastal town of Ullapool, Scotland, which has since become an annual event, though they are no longer involved with it.

In June 2007 Hayseed Dixie appeared on the opening day of the Download Festival[2] and played at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark in July 2007. In October of 2010, the band played a 4-night "Hayfest: Tour of Glasgow, Scotland" performing 4 consecutive themed nights (Drinking, Cheating, Killing and Hell songs respectively) in the Scottish city with no songs repeated, thus playing over 8 hours of music during the 4 nights. Hayseed Dixie made a three-consecutive-night appearance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany in 2011, playing three entirely different sets of material each night.

Continuing to push boundaries in extreme and often absurd linguistic ways, Hayseed Dixie released an album on April 11, 2011 composed almost entirely of songs in the Norwegian language, titled Sjt Munchs Drikkeklubb Band. The group also charted a single in the summer of 2011 in Finland called "Juodaan Viinaa," (a cover version of a song by Finnish musician Hector) which loosely translates to "let's drink hard liquor!" sung entirely in the Finnish language. Hayseed Dixie have also recorded several songs in the German language, among them a cover of Rammstein's "Mein Teil" and an original drinking song called "Die Richtige Zeit für Schwarzbier," (English translation: "the right time for black beer") as well as one song in Spanish. Excepting the 2006 Halloween EP, You Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? which was recorded in Scotland, all of Hayseed Dixie's albums have been recorded by John Wheeler at Renaissance Recording, Nashville, Tennessee, entirely in the analogue recording format.

Among others, BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine is a fan of their work and originally championed them at national radio in the UK. The group wrote and recorded the "When you wanna hear great music..." jingle for his daily radio show. They also performed twice in 2005 on the BBC Television show Top of the Pops.

Kerosene Brothers was an alter-ego project of the band; they released the album Choose Your Own Title under that name in 2003 on Koch Records. John Wheeler released a solo album on the Cooking Vinyl label, titled Un-American Gothic, in February 2013. Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno left the band in 2013 and formed a traditional bluegrass group which includes Mitch Harrell, the son of their father's bluegrass partner, called Reno and Harrell, which released an album called "Reno Bound" in September 2013. Joining Hayseed Dixie in the roles of banjo and mandolin were Johnny Butten, holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title for "Fastest Banjo Player," and Hippy Joe Hymas.

Current band members[edit]

Former band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Grass US Country US Heat UK Country Australia Country
A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC 14 47 1
A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love
  • Release date: 19th March 2002
  • Label: Dualtone Records
8 39 38
Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss
  • Release date: 18th February 2003
  • Label: Dualtone Records
4 52
Let There Be Rockgrass 1
A Hot Piece of Grass
  • Release date: 27th June 2005
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
6 1
You Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? (EP)
  • Release date: 23rd October 2006
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
Weapons of Grass Destruction
  • Release date: 9th April 2007
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
No Covers
  • Release date: 18th February 2008
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
Killer Grass
  • Release date: 23rd February 2010
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
Sjt. Munchs Drikkeklubb Band
  • Release date: 15th April 2011
  • Label: Råtass Records
Nicotine and Alcohol
  • Release date: 15th April 2012
  • Label: Hayseed Dixie Records
Grasswhoopin' Party Pack, Vol.1
  • Release date: 12th August 2013
  • Label: Hayseed Dixie Records
Grasswhoopin' Party Pack, Vol.2
  • Release date: 19th August 2013
  • Label: Hayseed Dixie Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Videography[edit]

  • 2006: No Sleep Till Liverpool (DVD) – A 2005 concert tour to support A Hot Piece of Grass. Includes a cover of AC/DC's "Hells Bells", several music videos and a segment about the origins of the band.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. 2003-03-15. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Hayseed Dixie tour itinerary". 1 April 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 

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