Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Blast from the Past: A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC


Title: A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC (Amazon, Last.fm, Wikipedia)
Artist: Hayseed Dixie (Official, MySpace, Facebook, Last.fm, Wikipedia)

Who would have thought that doing an album of bluegrass renditions of AC/DC songs would be a good idea? The guys in Hayseed Dixie, that’s who. Originally released in 2001 on Dualtone Records (Official, Wikipedia) and re-issued in 2006 on Cooking Vinyl (Official, Wikipedia) the record includes amazing bluegrass takes on the AC/DC classics “Money Talks,” “Highway to Hell,” “T.N.T.,” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” (just to name a few). Here’s what I wrote about this record in my review for The Masses at Midnight

One look at the back cover of this CD says it all... four overall clad gentlemen straight from the hills of nowhere, complete with fiddles, steel guitar, and ZZ Top beards, prepared to give you the boot scootin'-est renditions of 10 of AC/DC's best tunes. This CD is a classic from the cover art, to the songs, to the hilarious liner notes. This CD is a must!
Hayseed Dixie went on to do records covering the likes of Kiss, Queen, Spinal Tap, Motorhead, The Darkness, Sex Pistols, and many others along with original songs. Admittedly I lost track of the band after their third record (Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss, after which they have released five other albums). While the Kiss tribute and their second record A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love (which included the aptly placed covers of Queen’s “Fat Bottom Girls” and Spinal Tap’s “Big Bottom” right next to each other and closed with the hilarious original “I’m Keeping Your Poop”) were both quite good, neither lived up to the AC/DC fueled first album.

In a lot of ways I think of Hayseed Dixie as the bluegrass answer to Me First & the Gimme Gimmes. They are an extremely talented band that happens to do a great job covering songs that others in the genre probably would never touch. A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC is a record that fans of bluegrass, AC/DC, alt country, and just great music should definitely check out.

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