There was only one place to be in Newcastle on a Saturday night, and it was at the O2 Academy for Hayseed Dixieâ€™s sold out show.
Opening the show was acoustic singer/songwriter Tom Copson, playing a combination of original tracks, many of which had been inspired by his recent travels in Australia, along with covers of the likes of â€œKissâ€ by Prince, and â€œWord Upâ€ by Cameo. Tom was also joined on stage by Brother Jake from Hayseed Dixie who played bass on a couple of numbers.
Hot off the back of their recent appearance on the prestigious BBCâ€™s Later with Jools Holland New Yearâ€™s Eve Hootenanny episode, the band made a welcome return to the North East. The anticipation was high as Nashvilleâ€™s finest rockgrass band took to the stage. For those who have yet to experience rockgrass, it is a sub-genre of bluegrass, which has more hard rock elements to it.
The band comprises of Brother Jake (bass), Johnny Butten (banjo), John Wheeler aka Barley Scotch (guitar/violin/lead vocals) and Hippy Joe Hymas (mandolin).
Hayseed Dixie took the crowd through a superb 90-minute set comprising of their own material, as well as covers of classic rock tracks like youâ€™ve never heard them before, a lot of which feature on their latest album Hair Down To My Grass. The crowd hanging on every word of Journeyâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t Stop Believing,â€ AC/DCâ€™s â€œHighway to Hell,â€ Motorheadâ€™s â€œAce of Spades,â€ and Queenâ€™s â€œBohemian Rhapsody.â€ The band rocked their way through Def Leppardâ€™s â€œPour Some Sugar On Me,â€ and it just worked so well.
The night was brought to a close with the Hayseedâ€™s brilliant DJ Yoda inspired mashup titled, â€œHotel Careless Whisper Rider.â€ It is an all-out rockgrass jam featuring fragments of The Eagleâ€™s â€œHotel California,â€ George Michaelâ€™s â€œCareless Whisper,â€ and Pink Floyd’s â€œComfortably Numb,â€ to name but a few.
Hayseed Dixie were incredibly entertaining, seeing them is not like just going to any old concert.