Recognizing the obvious connection between Aussie arena rockers AC/DC and bluegrass music, Hayseed Dixie rambles wildly through the best-selling band's best-known material.

Recognizing the obvious connection between Aussie arena rockers AC/DC and bluegrass music, Hayseed Dixie rambles wildly through the best-selling band's best-known material. Often hilarious, the concept works better than one might expect, with mandolins, fiddles, dobros, banjo, and acoustic guitar tackling AC/DC's "three chords and a cloud of dust" approach. "Highway to Hell" is a peppy ditty, and, in the Hayseeds' hands, "You Shook Me All Night Long" is a relaxed backporch anthem that thematically transcends borders both musical and geographical. Cerebral exercises like "Let's Get It Up" and "Big Balls" should go over like gangbusters at keg parties, a rousing chorus of "oinks" punctuate a thumping take on "T.N.T.," and the deep sentiment of "Back in Black" thrives in an acoustic setting. Whoever these guys are, they can pick like bandits, and while it's hard to imagine how this project was ever green-lighted, it's still a heck of a lot of fun.—RW