Hayseed Dixie played to a sold out Empire Hall on Halloween night as part of the iconic Open House Festival.
The band performs a mixture of cover versions of hard rock songs and original compositions in a style that is a unique fusion of bluegrass and rock music and are acknowledged as the creators of the musical genre “rockgrass”. The band’s name is a play on the name AC/DC and was originally AC/Dixie, but they were forced by lawyers from Sony Music to change it. Claiming to hail from Deer Lick Holler, Appalachia, the band has played over 1,000 live dates in 29 different countries since 2001.
While Hayseed Dixie initially received considerable morning-show radio play in the US, sold over 250,000 albums there from 2001 to 2003, and toured the US club and festival circuit extensively during that time, Western Europe has shown them the most enduring appreciation.
Our photographer Julianne Rouquette was there to capture the night on photo.