OK, maybe not "ever," but pretty close. If you were in Raleigh last night and didn't make it out to see Hayseed Dixie, you really missed out. They played a great, great show.
It was so enjoyable, that we changed our evening plans and have decided to go see them in Asheville tonight. So, let's see.... I'm probably looking at only about three or four hours of sleep -- max --before Sunday School tomorrow. No problem. At least the lesson is already mostly prepared already.
At last night's show, they played all of the favorites. At one point, the Reno brothers both played banjo. Two men, one banjo. Don Wayne picked while Del fingered the frets. It was amazing. I wish I had a video of that performance.
We did meet a really great person at the show who came from Boston to see them. She's planning on being at the High Point show next week, so we'll see her again there. She's a taper and recorded the show last night. Before we left, she gave us a copy of a show in Wilmington that I'm really looking forward to listening to.
They've really improved their act since the last time I saw them. The banter between songs is as entertaining as ever, but they are playing more "traditional" bluegrass songs now. The catch is that they're doing them in a very rock style -- full drum set, screaming electric guitar, solid bass, and the ever-present banjo and mandolin from the Reno brothers. They really make it work -- last night's rendition of "In The Pines" was donwnright haunting.
It's a great show. If you ever get a chance to see Hayseed Dixie, do it. Rearrange your schedule if you have to. If they're playing Raleigh or High Point, you can almost be sure to see me there again.