AFTER 11 years as the frontman for bluegrass/rock band Hayseed Dixie, John Wheeler is bringing something different to Salisbury on his solo tour on Friday.

The musician and songwriter, pictured, from Nashville, who now lives with his wife and children in Cambridge, is coming to Salisbury Arts Centre for a night of “jazzpunk folk-funk”.

Hayseed Dixie was dreamed up by Wheeler in 2000 when he thought it would be “something fun” to record an album of AC/DC songs played in a pseudo-bluegrass style. The band has become internationally known and has released ten albums.

“Basically, after 11 years and nearly 1,000 shows we all just decided ‘let’s take a year or two and do something else so if we come back it will be fresh again” said Wheeler.

“We did between 120 and 140 shows every year, with travelling days that takes up three quarters of the year.”

The material for his solo album, Un-American Gothic due to be released in February, was mostly created on tour.

* Wheeler is performing at Salisbury Arts Centre on Friday from 8pm to 10pm.

Tickets cost £12.50, £10.50 for concessions and £15 on the door.

To book call 01722 321744.