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Bluegrass rock favourites Hayseed Dixie will play Inverness next year

By Margaret Chrystall

BLUEGRASS hard rock covers band Hayseed Dixie will play Inverness Ironworks on Friday, March 20, 2020. The band – which calls its musical style 'rockgrass' – began 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".

They had spent the previous few years touring around with assorted country hat-acts, John had assembled a proper pile of recording equipment.

Hayseed Dixie return to Inverness for a date next year.
Hayseed Dixie return to Inverness for a date next year.

When he and Mike discovered that the Lost Highway of Reverend Hank Williams and the Highway to Hell of Bishop Bon Scott were the same identical stretch of tarmac, they decided to record their own hybrid. AC/DC songs were suddenly reimagined and recorded, entirely reinvented as Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups.

Now with their new 15th album – consisting of both original material and reinterpretations of R&B and soul classics – they have played over 1,200 live shows in 31 different countries – many in the Highlands and Loopallu back in the day. Now they are back.Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) at 10am.

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