Hayseed Dixie

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Hayseed Dixie
Hayseed-dixie-folken.jpg
Hayseed Dixie performing in Stavanger, Norway, 2008
Background information
Also known asKerosene Brothers
OriginUnited States
GenresParody, bluegrass, country, rock
Years active2001–present
LabelsDualtone
Cooking Vinyl
Festival Mushroom Records
Råtass Records
Websitewww.hayseed-dixie.com
MembersJohn Wheeler aka Barley Scotch
Don Wayne Reno
Dale Reno
Jake Byers
Past membersKurt Carrick
Mike Daly
Rusty Horn
Jason D Smith
Jeff Williams
Chad Mize
Notable instruments
banjo
fiddle
mandolin
acoustic bass
 
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Hayseed Dixie
Hayseed-dixie-folken.jpg
Hayseed Dixie performing in Stavanger, Norway, 2008
Background information
Also known asKerosene Brothers
OriginUnited States
GenresParody, bluegrass, country, rock
Years active2001–present
LabelsDualtone
Cooking Vinyl
Festival Mushroom Records
Råtass Records
Websitewww.hayseed-dixie.com
MembersJohn Wheeler aka Barley Scotch
Don Wayne Reno
Dale Reno
Jake Byers
Past membersKurt Carrick
Mike Daly
Rusty Horn
Jason D Smith
Jeff Williams
Chad Mize
Notable instruments
banjo
fiddle
mandolin
acoustic bass

Hayseed Dixie is an American band which began in 2000 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 are acknowledged as the creators of the musical genre "rockgrass". The band's name is a play on the name AC/DC and was originally AC/Dixie, but they were forced by lawyers from Sony Music to change it. Claiming to hail from Deer Lick Holler, Appalachia, the band has played over 1,000 live dates in 31 different countries since 2001.

Hayseed Dixie initially received considerable morning-show radio airplay in the US, selling over 250,000 albums there 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 them the most enduring appreciation. The group has played almost every major European folk and rock music festival, including a Main Stage appearance in 2005 at Glastonbury. Attesting to their cross-genre appeal, they are the only band ever to headline English festival stages at both Castle Donington Download Festival and the Cambridge Folk Festival. In September 2005 they held their own festival Loopallu in Ullapool, Scotland, which has become an annual event, though they are no longer involved with it. In June 2007 they 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 across the 4 nights. Hayseed Dixie made a three-night appearance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany in 2011, playing three different sets of material.

Continuing to push boundaries in extreme and often absurd 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 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," 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 Wheeler at Renaissance Recording, Nashville, Tennessee, entirely in the analogue 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 is the band's alter-ego project; they released the album Choose Your Own Title under that name in 2003 on Koch Records.

Founding frontman and producer of the band, John Wheeler released a solo album, titled Un-American Gothic, in February 2013. Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno have a separate traditional bluegrass project with the son of their father's bluegrass partner called Reno and Harrell, which released an album in September 2013.

Current band members[edit]

Former band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US GrassUS CountryUS HeatUK CountryAustralia Country
A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC14471
A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love
  • Release date: March 19, 2002
  • Label: Dualtone Records
83938
Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss
  • Release date: February 18, 2003
  • Label: Dualtone Records
452
Let There Be Rockgrass1
A Hot Piece of Grass
  • Release date: June 27, 2005
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
61
You Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? (EP)
  • Release date: October 23, 2006
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
Weapons of Grass Destruction
  • Release date: April 9, 2007
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
No Covers
  • Release date: February 18, 2008
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
Killer Grass
  • Release date: February 23, 2010
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
Sjt. Munchs Drikkeklubb Band
  • Release date: April 15, 2011
  • Label: Råtass Records
Nicotine and Alcohol
  • Release date: April 15, 2012
  • Label: Hayseed Dixie Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Videography[edit]

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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