Hayseed Dixie are an American bluegrass hard rock covers and comedy band, consisting of John Wheeler, aka Barley Scotch, Johnny Butten, Hippy Joe Hymas, and Jake ‘Bakesnake’ Byers.
Formed in 2001, the band released their debut album, ‘A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC’, that year, and have released 14 albums including 2015's ‘Hair Down To My Grass’. Their latest album, 'Free your Mind and Your Grass Will Follow' was released in 2017.
The band have headlined their own shows and tours across North America and Europe, including performances at festivals such as Glastonbury, Download, and Cambridge Folk Festival.
Hayseed Dixie return to the UK for another round of tour dates in spring 2019. Catch them live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.
This is my first visit as a concert venue to the Civic Hall in Uppermill Oldham. The venue was an ideal size to see such a lively interactive band as Hayseed Dixie. They had a licensed bar for refreshments which was very reasonably priced but did have a queue. The atmosphere was very friendly with a very mixed age group. There was a support act Tom Copson that performed before the main act which was very good.
Hayseed Dixie came on at 8:30 and played until 10:30 with non stop rock/bluegrass aka rockgrass music that was brilliant to listen to. John Wheeler aka Barley Scotch lead vocal, guitar and fiddle, Johnny Butten on the banjo holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title for Fastest Banjo Player also played the fiddle and vocals, Hippy Joe Hymas on the mandolin, guitar and vocals with Jake "Bakesnake" Byers on bass and vocals. The technical capabilities of these musicians were first class. Vocals were excellent from all four. Songs had a mixture of humour along with the classic rock roots from a bluegrass perspective. The band interacted with the audience throughout the show to create a great atmosphere. It would be hard not to tap your feet to the beat. Great show and a surprising venue made the event special for me and my wife.