Hayseed Dixie - Bouncing Betty Boogie

Sometimes I just get fed up of the straight-faced bunch of poseurs that seem to populate rock and roll in its current incarnation. And don’t even get me started on ‘emo’, ‘indie’, or other sub-genres of shoegazers. Rock should celebrate! This is the best time it’s had since the seventies - it’s as if eighties pop never happened! And there’s no better soundtrack to celebrate to than Hayseed Dixie.

No, stay with me a moment, hear me out. Yes, I said Hayseed Dixie, as in the bluegrass rock n’ roll group who specialise in alternative versions of classic rock songs. Yes, your Dad probably listens to them. So what? It’s great fun, and a cure for all those miserable balladeers in the charts.

‘Bouncing Betty Boogie’ is a simple sort of song. Unmistakably Dixie, it starts with a catchy banjo riff that you’d probably say was genius if it was played on guitar. And come on, who doesn’t love a banjo solo?! If you can listen to this without your toes tapping, you’re a hard-hearted soul who has misunderstood what rock and roll stands for - just not caring, as long as you’re having a good time. And this tune guarantees a good time. All the time.