Hayseed Dixie: Country music for the headbanger
Music should be fun - and it is when it's Hayseed Dixie
You know how people ask you what type of music you like? I always used to tell them that my musical tastes are far and wide - from Sinatra to Segovia, from the Sex Pistols to Sandoval. Yes, pretty eclectic, really.
But there is (sorry, was) one type of music that I just couldn't like. And that was any kind of American country music that featured fiddles, banjos and as for a washboard ... oh, please. Unlike the lady behind the bar at Bob's Country Bunker in the Blue Brothers, I have no idea what the difference is between country music and the western version.
I do realize that by writing that I have alienated 99% of the USA population ... but read on.
But if I really had to choose a genre that was my absolute favorite, I'd have to admit that I'm a headbanger. After all, it was the music of my youth and one of my favorite groups was formed in my hometown (Saxon, founded in Barnsley, since you ask).
I well remember the first time I heard Hayseed Dixie. As the track started I thought 'what on earth is that? That's not our kind of music'. Then I realized what the song was and I was affronted - how dare they take such a classic and massacre it in this way?
Then I started to laugh
And laugh, and laugh. I still do whenever I hear them. I like music that makes me happy. I know that it's said that listening to music can create powerful emotions but if it makes me smile, or in the case of this particular genre, make me guffaw, then that's good enough for me. Oh, and once I heard that the ensemble was called Hayseed Dixie, I was ROTFLing again...
In my collection
So now I am the proud owner of the CD you see above. I bought it for one track, the one in the video below, but the more I heard, the more I loved what I now understand to be a new genre, rockgrass.
Who will like this music?
Well, if you like bluegrass, the chances are that you'll love it as music in its own right. (Even if some people don't know the songs). If you're an old headbanger like me then there's a strong chance that it will make you laugh too. Play the CD and brighten up your day.
If you'd like to buy this brilliant music - and I wouldn't be surprised if you're completely hooked - see the section on the right.
If you haven't heard this before I'm wondering what your reaction will be. Will you find it hilarious, as I do? You've got to try this out. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Want to listen?
Well, just walk this way...
This is the track that made me buy the CD. What's interesting is that in the video, the scenes you see are of England. This is probably because Hayseed Dixie are (arguably) more popular in the UK and in Europe today than they are in the States. In a way, this is hardly surprising as that's where heavy metal has its roots.
Oh,I know it's terrible but it truly makes me laugh so much.
I love music that makes me happy. What more could you want?
Well, I couldn't stop at one, could I? The more I hear the more I want to hear. And the weird thing is that over the years, I've come to appreciate the music in itself. These guys are actually great musicians - don't think for a moment that they are a novelty act.
What is music for,after all?
People have so many ideas about what constitutes good music,or determines what music they like.Of course, everyone is different and entitled to listen to whatever suits their own tastes.
But I've always preferred music that puts a smile on my face. I don't want to listen to music that depresses me or makes me sad.
If it makes me smile -or even better, makes me laugh - that's good for me.
I mentioned The Blues Brothers above - if you're looking for a musical film that will make you laugh, see my review here.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson