Enjoy some hair-metal rockgrass style with Hayseed Dixie

HAYSEED DIXIE ... the rockgrass pioneers play the O2 Academy in Newcastle on January 31 as part of the Hair Down To My Grass tour.
HAYSEED DIXIE ... the rockgrass pioneers play the O2 Academy in Newcastle on January 31 as part of the Hair Down To My Grass tour.

THE originators of the musical genre known as rockgrass are heading to these shores to promote their latest album.

Hayseed Dixie, who were formed in Tennessee in 2001, combine rock and bluegrass, to sometimes amusing but always entertaining effect.

Their first album comprised covers of AC/DC songs, in their own hillbilly style, and they have gone on to release more than a dozen others.

They consist of both original material and reinterpretations of previously rendered songs, and their records have sold a combined total of more than 500,000 copies.

They have also performed more than 1,000 live shows in 31 different countries.

Their latest album, Hair Down To My Grass, released this week, features their take on some classic rock songs from the ’70s and ’80s.

The idea evolved on a spring 2014 tour of Germany, in which the band heard the song Eye Of The Tiger six times on six different radio stations in just one day while driving from Dortmund to Frankfurt.

They decided to record their own version, and then widened their scope as the album came together in a converted barn in Cumbria.

As well as Eye Of The Tiger, it contains songs such as The Final Countdown, Don’t Stop Believin’ and Pour Some Sugar On Me.

One thing’s certain – you’ll never have heard them sound like this before!

Hayseed Dixie are John Wheeler, aka Barley Scotch (guitar, fiddle and singing), Jake Bakesnake Byers (bass), Hippy Joe Hymas (mandolin) and Johnny Butten (banjo).

They are at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Saturday, January 31.

Tickets, priced £15, are on sale now from 08444 772000.