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HAYSEED DIXIE, The Assembly, Leamington Spa
tonight came with the full on energy of The Band From County Hell playing
a very distinctive mix of, country, hillbilly, punk and celtic sounds with
a touch of The Pogues. The band a six piece, have been playing together
for fifteen years and performed all original material including "Pussy
Cat" and "Meet The Folks" they went down very well playing a strong set
full of great tunes and good humour.
No big intro
tape or impressive stage set for the arrival of the headliners Hayseed
Dixie, just four guys walking on stage and tuning up, no drum set so the
drum riser was used for beer and guitar cases!
instruments, all acoustic included various guitars, banjo, bass and fiddle
but all turned up to eleven as front man Barley Scotch said we may be an
acoustic band but like playing loud.…!
played a good mix of their infamous covers and original material with many
extremely funny tales between tracks on subjects such as alien abduction,
beer and the fairer sex.
versions included the opening track - Judas Priests "Breaking The Law",
Motorheads "Ace of Spades", Zepplins "Black Dog", Aerosmiths "Walk This
Way", Queens "Fat Bottomed Girls" and Black Sabbaths "War Pigs".
We also of
course had AC/DC tracks "Hells Bells", "You Shook Me All Night Long",
"Highway To Hell" and "Whole Lotta Rosie".
original side we were treated to amongst others "The Rider Song" with a
great crowd sing-along on the chorus "bucket of beer a bucket of lager and
some ice to keep it cool", "She Was Skinny When I met Her" and "Alien
One of many
great moments in the set was Reverend Don Wayne on banjo being asked to
play the tune his daddy wrote and going into "Duelling Banjos", another
was all four playing one hand on their own instrument and one on another
band members and keeping perfectly in tune.
The playing was superb from start to finish, the showmanship and crowd
interaction first class, the covers a joy to hear - played in their unique
style and the original material very strong and funny.
First time I
have seen this band but hopefully not the last.
and photos by Andrew Lock
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