Weapons of Grass Destruction
songs can be a treat, especially if chosen well and performed as if born for banjo and mandolin. Hayseed Dixie makes some curious selections (“Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Holidays in the Sun”) and some terrific ones. “Devil Woman,” a forgotten Cliff Richard hit from 1976, has new life breathed into it. “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest also makes a winning transition. The brightest original is the ode to obesity, “She Was Skinny When I Met Her.” The band is more impressive going apeshit than sticking to the sheet. A party band in a disciplined field, Hayseed Dixie loses some magic playing it straight.