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Music Editorial

hayseed19.jpg Rock, pop & hip-hop. Dixie style.

With their fiddles a-flying and their yee-haws a-plenty, Hayseed Dixie hit us up with the kind of cover versions that put a whole new slant on some of the greatest songs ever written.

I’ve been lucky enough to catch Hayseed Dixie on a number of occasions and every time I leave one of their shows I invariably sail out the venue with a huge, cartoon smile slapped right across my face. They’re like aural sunshine and play the kind of knee-slapping bluegrass that would have a morgue up in a whirligig of delight. And they inject their sound into a songbook that draws deep from the well of classic singles. I’m talking The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’, Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer’ and Guns ‘n’ Roses’ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’. They also throw in plenty of curveballs too (I love their version of Snoop’s ‘Gin and Juice’ and The Beatles’ psychedelic masterpiece ‘Strawberry Field Forever’). And their version of ‘Duelling Banjos’ shows that they sure as hell can play. They don’t do feel-good. They do feel-great.

Hayseed Dixie, Friday 18 October, Bonded Warehouse, Sunderland, 7pm, £18.50. bondedwarehouse.co.uk