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We are bored to tears by Standard Music Industry Biography Pages on band websites, but we also recognise and accept their usefulness, utility and necessity. So here is our version of such.
HYPED BIO BEGINS . . .
Hayseed Dixie began in the Summer of 2000, when Barley Scotch (aka John Wheeler) stumbled across a wrecked car on an isolated mountain road in the hills of Deer Lick Holler, East Tennessee. While going through the car (as one does in such a situation), Brother Barley found a collection of vinyl record albums by a group he had never heard of called AC/DC. Taking these records back to town and playing them for his buddies on the only thing they had to play them on, a 78rpm Victrola, nobody had heard such sounds since the last time Uncle Virgil caught his leg in the grain elevator, and it was forthright revealed to Barley Scotch and the boys that the Lost Highway of Hank Williams and the Highway To Hell on these albums were in fact the very same damn road.
The boys set out to record some of these new songs in their own mountain music style, and thus was recorded the first Hayseed Dixie album, “A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC,” which contained stark-raving-plastered re-workings of 10 classic AC/DC songs. Released worldwide on April 17, 2001, and much to the surprise of everyone involved, this debut album proceeded to sell more than 150,000 copies in the first year of its release. So the boys hit the road in the Summer of 2001 to play some live shows, chase some women, and drink some beer and whiskey. And they haven’t stopped since.
Now . . . about the BRAND NEW ALBUM! Released worldwide on February 14, 2020, “Blast From the Grassed” is the Hayseed Dixie’s 16th studio album. Here the band bring the retro party in full force with moonshine-inspired re-imaginings of guilty-pleasures songs from the Golden Age of Pop-Rock. It’s suitable for home or office. If you already love Hayseed Dixie, then you’ll love this album too. If you think Hayseed Dixie suck ass, then this record with simply confirm that for you (for the 16th time).
BULLET POINTS FOR JOURNALISTS:
+ Hayseed Dixie are the acknowledged creators of their own musical genre, Rockgrass. There are many converts and disciples to this genre out there performing today. In the year 2000, there weren’t any.
+ Hayseed Dixie have released 16 albums since 2001, consisting of both original material and re-interpretations of previously rendered songs, selling a combined total of over 750,000 physical copies. These recordings have been digitally shared (legally and illegally) so many millions of times it makes the band want to laugh and cry simultaneously. And often they do. Alone. In the dark.
+ “Blast From the Grassed” is the newest album release from Hayseed Dixie. The album contains moonshine-inspired re-imaginations of guilty-pleasures songs from the Golden Agen of Pop-Rock. It is their greatest album yet. Of course it is! It’s their most recent album!
+Hayseed Dixie have performed over 1,432 live shows in 33 different countries.
Obligatory Press Quotes:
“The Hayseed’s berserk hedonism is indeed refreshing! ***** (5 Stars)” - The Guardian
“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 UK
“Superlative musicians with a deep love and understanding of the dynamics of both modern rock and ancient hillbilly music” - The Sunday Times UK
“All things considered, ‘Kiss My Grass’ by Hayseed Dixie is the worst album released in 2003.” -USA Today
Celebrity Quotes, said directly to members of Hayseed Dixie:
“I enjoyed this and . . . on further investigation . . . it’s not good . . . it’s fabulous!” - Brian May, Queen
“This is great! I can’t wait to get the royalty check!” - Gene Simmons, KISS
“I’m not sure if you remember me, but I supported you guys at a pub in London a couple of years ago . . .” - Ed Sheeran
“I don’t know whether to laugh or hire a hit man!” - Ted Nugent
“Man! It’s just great! All our best songs done hillbilly! This record is hilarious!” - Brian Johnson, AC/DC
“Who the fuck are you?!?” - Shane MacGowen