Hayseed Dixie is an American band which began in 2000 with the release of their first album, A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC. 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. The group has played almost every major European folk and rock music festival, including a Main Stage appearance in 2005 at Glastonbury. Attesting to their cross-genre appeal, they are the only band ever to headline English festival stages at both Castle Donington Download Festival and the Cambridge Folk Festival. In September 2005 they held their own festival Loopallu in Ullapool, Scotland, which has become an annual event, though they are no longer involved with it. In June 2007 they appeared on the opening day of the Download Festival and played at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark in July 2007. Hayseed Dixie made a three-night appearance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany in 2011, playing three different sets of material.