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The Killer Hayseeds have been one of the
top drawing country bands in the Midwest for
over 20 years. The large and loyal following the
band has created is a true testament to their
longevity, and their way of connecting with their fans on and off the stage. The band has endured numerous tragedies over the years, namely founding member Ross Florand passed away unexpectedly in July, 2009. Then, less than two months later another founding member, Darin Essery fell from a roof, suffered a severe brain injury and is no longer performing. The band made a few personnel changes over the years until in late summer 2011, remaining founding member Todd Ernster decided that he was unhappy with the current line up and the direction of the band. He then set out on a quest to find the finest entertainers and musicians that would best reflect the high energy, high caliber professional show that made the band not only it's reputation, but garnered it's large fan base since day one. A grueling audition schedule was set in motion, with players both locally and nationally expressing interest in performing in The Killer Hayseeds. Although the search was difficult, the selection process produced one of the finest lineups of young musicians and entertainers ever, averaging under age 30. In addition, Todd wanted to offer entertainment buyers something else, something more than they were getting for the entertainment dollar... the Amped Up concept was born! The Killer Hayseeds Amped Up, a high energy spectacle playing the top current, and most requested country hits packaged into 2-105 minute shows! That's correct, 2 high energy non stop country shows totaling 210 total minutes of music with only one 30 minute break! The reasoning behind this concept is simple: Give the entertainment purchaser more for their money, at the same time by only taking one normal length break, keep the customers and fans dancing and partying until the end of the night. The two long sets are not only successful, but have been received extremely well by venues as diverse as fairs, festivals, casinos, nightclubs, and the concert stage!