Wed 23rd Sep @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
This event has been postponed. Please check back or visit our Facebook page for updated info and new dates.
Original Date: 18 March, 2020. The date for this event has been changed. Any queries can be made from point of purchase.
Additional Info: From the Band: In 20 years of touring, we have never before had to do anything of this sort; however, we have a duty of care to our audience, a number of whom fall into the high-risk categories identified by medical professionals and the UK Government. Therefore, with very heavy hearts and much frustration, we have today taken the difficult decision that the current Hayseed Dixie UK tour must be postponed with immediate effect. The shows will be rescheduled with the venues to a later date, once the current pandemic has passed. And it will pass. We request that fans retain their tickets so that they can attend the rescheduled shows, for which dates will be announced as soon as possible. However, we have been advised that you should be able to obtain a refund at the point of purchase should you so desire. We would like to repeat that this decision has been taken in order to ensure that our beloved fans are not exposed to any preventable risk of disease and that everyone who buys a ticket to our show can safely attend that show. Everyone - please look after yourselves, eat healthily, take sensible precautions, support each other, and we will all rock our faces off again together once the current extreme situation has passed.
Hayseed Dixie began one innocent Summer day 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. Thus when he and Mike discovered in their drunken epiphany that the Lost Highway of Reverend Hank Williams and the Highway to Hell of Bishop Bon Scott were indeed the same identical stretch of tarmac, they were well and truly prepared to document this revelation in situ.
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. And ten AC/DC songs were suddenly reimagined and recorded forever anew, entirely reinvented as Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups. Everyone danced (oh how they danced!) around the studio room and out onto the porch and drank more whiskey. (You should have been there. Really. You should have).
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 in excess of half a million copies, with over 1,200 live shows in 31 different countries testify: Hayseed Dixie are the undisputed creators of the musical genre, Rockgrass. There are many copycats, converts, and disciples out there. Accept no imitations.
And 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!