Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon

Busy Weekend (part 6): Headbanging Hillbillies

Saturday night, we left to see Hayseed Dixie at Chumley's in High Point. My wife, my brother, and I got there in time to pull up a spot of wall to lean against while waiting for Hayseed Dixie to take the stage. One of my co-workers showed up a few minutes after we got there.

The opening band was entirely blah. As my co-worker pointed out, they had expensive equipment. Nothing about this band (The Cruisers) stood out, musically. We had more fun making fun of the band than listening to them. One of their guitarists had this little head-bob thing going on that made him look like a chicken. They played until about 11:30. We were all getting antsy for Hayseed Dixie to come on.

Finally, Hayseed Dixie took the stage. Five men, all wearing overalls stood at the lip of the stage. Leff-to-right: banjo, guitar, fiddle, bass, mandolin. No drums. No electric instruments, but all of their instruments were amplified. These guys rocked the house until two o'clock.

Most of what they played can be found on their two albums: "Hayseed Dixie: A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC" and "Hayseed Dixie: A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love" -- covers of familiar rock songs, done in a bluegrass style. These guys were so full of energy, it was amazing. In addition to playing pretty much everything off their albums, they played a couple of "real" bluegrass songs: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," "Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms," and "Muhlenberg County," e.g. They closed with a high-energy version of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and promised to stay at the bar shaking hands and signing autographs until everyone who wanted to meet them got a chance to meet them.

If these guys are ever playing somewhere close to where I am again, I'll go.

We headed on home. By the time I got settled in and ready for bed, it was about three o'clock in the morning.

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