Tennessee bluegrass band Hayseed Dixie come to Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Tuesday, 5 March.
Cambrian News reported “Legend has it that Hayseed Dixie began one innocent summer day back 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.
So 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.
Ten AC/DC songs (the name Hayseed Dixie is a play on the name AC/DC) were suddenly reimagined and recorded forever anew, entirely reinvented as Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups.
Everyone danced around the studio room and out onto the porch and drank more whiskey.
Now 17 years, 15 albums – consisting of both original songs and reinterpretations – and over 1,300 live shows later, Hayseed Dixie have evolved into a proper force.
See them in Aberystwyth on Tuesday at 7.30pm” here.