Thursday 6th July 2017
Doors Open: 19:00
Advanced Ticket Price: £17.50
Age Restriction: 14+
Supported by Thirteen Stars
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!
Free Your Mind And Your Grass Will Follow is released worldwide on April 14th on Hayseed Dixie Records.
1. Buffalo Soldier (lead track out 7th April)
2. What’s Going On
3. Oliver’s Army
4. Move It In The Night
5. Ball Of Confusion
6. So Quickly We Forget
7. The Ballad Of Curtis Loew
8. Black Or White
9. Vom Selbern Stern
10. A Change Is Gonna Come
11. When The World Gets Small
12. Love Train
13. Ain’t No Country Big Enough
What people say about Hayseed Dixie:
“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
“Superlative musicians with a deep love and understanding of the dynamics of both modern rock and ancient hillbilly music” – The Times
“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
*These recordings have been digitally shared – legally and illegally – so many millions of times it makes the band want to laugh and cry simultaneously. Often they do. Alone. In the dark.
Free Your Mind … And Your Grass Will Follow: http://hyperurl.co/HDFreeYourMind
Buffalo Soldier: http://hyperurl.co/HDBuffaloSoldier
Charm, swagger, talent, confidence, style in spades, If you were asked to describe the band Thirteen Stars then any or all of the above would apply. Armed with killer songs, killer moves and killer presence. Thirteen Stars live performances are at the pinnacle of their arsenal. Grinding out shows relentlessly over the last decade they have risen to the task of satisfying large audiences all over the UK and Europe, they have amassed a strong and loyal following and since signing with Off Yer Rocka records their popularity has soared as they were welcomed with open arms by the ever loyal ever loving HRH community.
2015s ‘White Raven’ is the bands latest 10 track foot stomper, critically acclaimed and met with rave reviews, 10/10 from Powerplay, the album coupled with with their live prowess has seen them tour as support for the Quireboys across the UK and into Europe and a full UK support slot with those bluegrass boogie masters Hayseed Dixie. Thirteen Stars have no plans to let off the gas either, a new album written, new shows up and down the country booked and a host of festival appearances in the bag the lads are chomping at the bit to cement their place as the champions of down right dirty blues boogie woogie music.
Andy, Ryan, Jax and Hoss are Thirteen Stars, they live and breathe this, if you are in any doubt at all then do yourself the biggest favour you can and get to a show, it’s honest, it’s real, its raw and it’s as good as it gets, Thirteen Stars are here for the duration, downright dirty, downright dangerous and downright awesome.
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Tickets also available from:
Hellraiser Records (Wakefield). Crash Records and Jumbo Records (Leeds)
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