Hayseed Dixie Live
by Westgate Hall | 18th July 2016
Hayseed Dixie formed in the summer of 2000, deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, USA. In this area, which was completely isolated from outside cultural and musical influence, the boys grew up playing the traditional music of their forefathers on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass.
All of this changed abruptly one afternoon when the boys discovered in the wreckage of a car several vinyl AC/DC albums. After playing these back on an old Edison 78rpm Victrola, everyone agreed the songs were right fine country music… and that the Lost Highway of Hank Williams and the Highway To Hell of AC/DC were indeed the exact same road! The rest is now enshrined in musical history.
Most recently, Hayseed Dixie have been exploring the inspired catalogue of 70s and 80s stadium rock. This interest began during their 2014 spring tour of Germany, in which the band heard the song ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ 6 different times on 6 different radio stations, in a single day, all while driving between Dortmund and Frankfurt. “As the seed is planted, so the tree shall grow” as they say – and in fact this very quote appears on the inner sleeve of the 1980 album ‘Escape’ by Journey. How very true indeed.