THE founder and frontman of 'rockgrass' pioneers Hayseed Dixie will be heading to West Cumbria this autumn.

Guitarist and vocalist John Wheeler will be joined on stage by percussionist Pete Robbins at the Carnegie Theatre, in Workington, on Thursday November 15.

Having spent 18 years on tour around the world with Hayseed Dixie, he brings together a new show that draws from throughout their history.

Featuring songs and stories spanning the career of Hayseed Dixie and John's solo records, the show is by turns humorous, irreverent, sardonic and absurd - just like life on the road.

John's playing a plugged in electric guitar and planning a fully rocked-up live performance.

The creator and figurehead of the world-renowned band, their recordings have sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide and they have performed more than 1,000 live shows in 31 different countries.

The US band, who originate from the Appalachian Mountains, have been regular visitors to Cumbria, and played at the Carnegie Theatre as recently as last July.

Well-known across the globe for their unique covers of famous rock anthems, they have been coming to the UK for more than a decade.

Their legacy on these shores was sparked by an appearance at Glastonbury, but they also held their own music festival in the Scottish town of Ullapool. Transcending genres, they have also starred at the UK's biggest rock event, Download, and many more major European festivals, such as Roskilde in Denmark.

Formed in 2000, originally as AC/Dixie, they reworked the Aussie giants' biggest hits into their own hillbilly style.

Wheeler's solo material follows in a similar vein, but with mostly self-penned songs. He released his own solo EP, Daydreams About Night Things, last year.

He has recently appeared as a special guest on BBC Radio 2 programmes, including the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Simon Mayo Drivetime.

John Wheeler appears at the Carnegie Theatre on Thursday November 15, and tickets are available from the venue's box office now.