Killer Hayseeds



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!


  • “The band did a great job, we received many compliments.” Otis-Blaine Festivals 2015
  • “The event went well, I think the rain earlier in the day scared a few people off but it was a gorgeous night for the band to perform. I know they have played in Oakdale before but this was my first time hearing them and I was in awe! They sounded great and played a lot of songs that the crowd enjoyed. So I couldn’t be happier with their performance. Your recommendations never fail! I would definitely hire them again in the future!” Mike – Oakdale Parks and Recreation 2015
  • “They did a great job, we’d like to have them back next year!” George-Golden Valley Fire Department Dance 2015
  • “They were fabulous!” -Ann Lakeville Business Association 2014
  • “The band was awesome and just a pleasure to work with, thank you Gregg!” Josh-KMS Ride 2014
  • “We are absolutely blown away by their work and performance with our wedding day! We didn’t have to worry about anything and their communication with us was greatly appreciated!! Jesse did a fabulous job with our song requests for our ceremony and the reception was so awesome!! All of our family and friends were absolutely impressed with everything too:) It has been an amazing experience having them part of our wedding day:) and we had a great time!” - Ross Wedding Reception 2014
  • “They were wonderful! Great sound mix, people liked them, really nice people to work with.” Vickie-July Jubilee 2014
  • “They were fabulous, we had a record 400 + for the event!” Mark-Ramsey Foundation 2014
  • “They were excellent and drew their own crowd. They are a very professional band. Todd was amazing to work with and went out of his way to accommodate another band before them. Highly recommended!” Pam-Oakdale Summerfest 2014
  • “The band did great as usual, we are very happy with the band.” Leo, Acorn Days St Francis 2014
  • “The band was awesome. They put on a great performance and even played 20 minutes over their scheduled time.” Patrick-Happy Days 2013
  • “The Killer Hayseeds are a great band!” Jennifer-Almelund Threshing Show 2013
  • ““They were great! They did a terrific job! We are interested in returning them next year!!”
-HOOAH- (Helping Out Our American Heroes)
  • ““The band did very well!! We would recommend them highly!! They were very easy to work with and very professional!”
-Rush City Music Fest
  • ““They could not have been better to work with. They were very easy to work with and willing to work with our schedule that changed minute to minute.
All the band members were extremely friendly and were just a treat to work with The best part is they sound amazing! I overhear so many people rave about the band. My client was thrilled. Thank you for recommending them, it could not have gone better!!”
-Event Lab
  • ““Band did great! People loved them! Turnout was very good, would recommend to other fire departments!!”
-Glencoe Fire Department
  • ““Good, AS always!”
-Mystic Lake Casino
  • ““The band made the atmosphere great. We received positive reviews from the participants, they love them. We highly recommend this band!”
-Buffalo Triathlon
  • ““Drew 900 + and kept them there all night. The band was great. We want to use them again next year!”
-Patriot Lanes
  • “They did an absolute WONDERFUL job for us. Everyone loved them, had a lot of great compliments! Would recommend the band as will be using them again! Thanks again, they were GREAT!” - Gary Dotseth, Dayton Fire Department
  • “They were awesome! We had a great crowd and perfect weather. They were great to work with.” -Mary Jo, Milaca Fine Arts Council 2013
  • “The band was amazing! I heard complements from everybody. I hope that they enjoyed themselves also. All members of the band were very accommodating and patient as we tried to find enough power! Please thank them again for us!!! - Sara, Thompson Days Street Dance 2013
  •  “Everything went awesome, we got a lot of very good comments on their performance.” -Chad LTD Motorcycle Ride 2013
  • “The band was AMAZING! Everyone enjoyed them. Their presence, show, music, everything was amazing!!! We hope they enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed them!” -Sarah, Thompson Days




Sample Song List

  • All About Tonight – Blake Shelton

  • Kiss My Country Ass – Blake Shelton

  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney

  • Save Water, Drink Beer – Chris Young

  • My Kind Of Party – Jason Aldean

  • Tattoos On This Town – Jason Aldean

  • Old Alabama – Brad Paisley

  • Chicken Fried – Zach Brown Band

  • Am I The Only One – Dierks Bentley

  • Sideways – Dierks Bentley

  • Country Girl Shake it – Luke Brian

  • She’s Country – Jason Aldean

  • Hillbilly Shoes – Montgmry Gentry

  • Save a Horse – Big and Rich

  • Fishin’ In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

  • American Saturday Night – Brad Paisley

  • Footloose – Blake Shelton

  • Down In The Boondocks – Little Big Town

  • Who Wouldn’t Wanna – Keith Urban

  • Me And My Gang – Rascal Flatts

  • Fast As You – Dwight Yokum

  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynryd Skynyrd

  • You’ve Got That Right – Lynryd Skynyrd

  • Keep Me In Mind – Zach Brown

  • Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

  • Ticks – Brad Paisley

  • Livin In Fast Forward – Kenny Chesney

  • Drinkin My Baby Goodbye – Charlie Daniels

  • Workin Man Blues – Diamond Rio

  • Redneck Girl – Bellamy Brothers

  • Dust On The Bottle – David Lee Murphy

  • Drink In My Hand – Eric Church

  • Prayin For Daylight – Rascal Flatts

  • Reality – Kenny Chesney

  • You Gonna Fly – Keith Urban

  • Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith

  • Where I come From – Montgomery Gentry

  • Beer In Mexico – Kenny Chesney

  • Colder Weather – Zac Brown Band

  • We Owned The Night – Lady Antebellum

  • Kick It In The Sticks – Brantley Gilbery

  • Love Somebody Like – Keith Urban

  • Why Wait – Rascal Flatts

  • Honky Tonk Stomp – Brooks n Dunn

  • Storm Warning – Hunter Hayes

  • Must Be Country Wide – Brantley Gilbert

  • Let it rain – David Nail

  • Camouflage – Brad Paisley

  • Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

  • Pickin Wild Flowers – Keith Anderson

  • As She’s Walkin Away – Zac Brown

  • Drivin My Life Away – Rhett Atkins

  • It Felt Good On My Lips – Tim McGraw

  • What Was I Thinkin – Dierks Bentley

  • Amy – Pure Prairie League

  • Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show



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