Hayseed Dixie are playing at The Brook in Southampton this July!
Yes, you read that correctly. Hayseed Dixie are back on tour and are coming to Southampton (2nd July). This follows on from the April release of their 15th studio album – Free Your Mind… And Your Grass Will Follow.
“Superlative musicians with a deep love and understanding of the dynamics of both modern rock and ancient hillbilly music” – The Times
Hayseed Dixie began in 2000 when John Wheeler and Mike Daly drank roughly enough whiskey to float a battleship from the Florida Coast over to Portugal and back and decided to play around in John’s studio. Having spent the previous few years touring around with assorted country hat-acts, John had assembled a proper pile of recording equipment. East Nashville, Tennessee in the Summer of 2000 was a proper Bohemian party place, and a few friends stopped by, drank some of John’s whiskey, and played and sang on this recording here and there, as was the custom of the times.
“Hayseed Dixie highlights the worth of mountain music to all things rock: energy, dirt-punk rhythm, careening harmonies and the fundamental right of all no-good fuck-ups to raise hell come Saturday night.” – Uncut
And then, ten AC/DC songs were suddenly reimagined and recorded forever anew, entirely reinvented as Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups. Now, functioning well as “Exhibit A” in the demonstration of how one’s beginnings rarely know one’s ends, Hayseed Dixie have evolved into a proper force, one that most people either love, hate, or have never heard of. There isn’t really any middle ground, nor should there be.
But fourteen albums – consisting of both original material and reinterpretations of previously rendered songs – and global physical *sales exceeding half a million copies. Not to mention, over 1,200 live shows in 31 different countries and numerous fans including Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, Hayseed Dixie are the band you don’t want to miss!
Their new single ‘Aint No Country Big Enough’ will be released on the 30th June.
Now, holding up their own idiosyncratic mirror to an unsettled and unsettling 2017, Hayseed Dixie offer up their 15th studio album, a collection of both original songs and reinterpretations of R&B and Soul classics. Dance with them as they probe the queries: “Why do we still believe there is such a thing as ‘race’?” “Are concepts like ‘nations’ and ‘nationality’ really useful to people who lay bricks or perform kidney stone surgeries?” and “Why does every song always sound better with a banjo in the mix?” The boys are seeking after the root core categorical commonality that runs like an eternal golden braid throughout all of humanity. Then they will buy it a drink!
“The Hayseed’s berserk hedonism is indeed refreshing! ***** (5 Stars)” – The Guardian
Tour dates and ticket links are listed below:
01 – BRISTOL Grillstock Festival
02 – SOUTHAMPTON The Brook
04 – LEAMINGTON SPA The Assembly
05 – PRESTON Guildhall
06 – WAKEFIELD Warehouse 23
07 – BEDFORD Esquires
09 – ROSS-ON-WYE Linton Festival
10 – SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre
11 – READING Sub89
16 – WORKINGTON Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre
18 – WREXHAM Catrin Finch Centre
19 – YORK The Crescent
21 – LYME REGIS Marine Theatre
22 – HEREFORDSHIRE Nozstock
26 – GUILFORD The Boileroom
27 – LONDON Under The Bridge
30 – CAMBRIDGE Folk Festival