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With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n’ roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today’s diverse Americana music scene.
How does it work?
Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charismo (a home-made tin can contraption) and the occasional trap kit.
Where do they come from?
In the beginning they all lived in Charlottesville, VA, but now the seven members are spread throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and California. For more than a decade, however, they’ve come together to tour the United States, Europe and the U.K. and to record several critically acclaimed albums
Who are they?
The group’s lineup includes:
• Ferd Moyse (strings and horsehair)
• Jimmy Stelling ( thumb picks)
• Brian Gorby (traps and sticks)
• David Sickmen (strings and improvised straps)
The group’s latest efforts, The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 1 and The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 2, deliver original material that draws upon the songwriting talents of its members. These six-song collections are the result of recording sessions held at the decaying but comfortable Sound of Music studios on Broad Street in Richmond, VA before it moved to its new location. The recordings were mastered by Grammy award winner Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering in Takoma Park, MD. As with the group’s previous album, Look Out (Nettwerk Records, 2007), all songs were engineered by Library of Congress archival audio restoration specialist (and all around good guy) Bryan Hoffa.
In the fall of 2000, twelve musicians and a photographer friend left the Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville, VA in a 1964 GMC motorcoach ("The Dirty Bird") and circled the country on a six-week tour of theaters, bars, street corners and alleys.
The Hackensaws have toured with a bevy of diverse acts that were quick to embrace the group’s sound and songcraft, including: The Flaming Lips, Cracker, Modest Mouse, Camper Van Beethoven, The Detroit Cobras, Cake, Railroad Earth, Cheap Trick and De La Soul.
In 2003, the Hackensaw Boys were honored to serve as Charlie Louvin’s backing band on that Country Music Hall of Fame member’s nationwide tour.
Appearances at numerous festivals including Pukelpop in Belgium, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Bergenfest in Norway, Telluride in Colorado, Belfast Folk Festival in Ireland, Floyd Fest in Virginia, Lowlands in the Netherlands, Pickathon in Oregon, and more…
More Recent History
Really good times in places like Seattle, Antwerp, Asheville, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Minneapolis, Knoxville, London, New York, Portland, Utrecht, Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Dublin, Los Angeles, and more…
New 2017 tour dates. More shows to be announced soon. See the full list and reserve tickets here: http://hackensawboys.com/shows/
'Charismo' is one of the Americana Music Association's Top 100 records of the year!
Heading into the studio at WVTF Public Radio and RADIO IQ today for a session on WVTF Roots Down! Look out for a Facebook live stream of us playing in the studio between 2-3pm ET this afternoon...then on to Floyd, Virginia for a show at Dogtown Roadhouse tonight!
We’re looking forward to a hometown C'ville show this Friday with our good friend Larry Keel. Get your tickets to "Home for Thanksgiving Hangover Pickin’ Party" at The Jefferson Theater at the link below. Hope to see y'all there!
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The 1st Place Radio podcast is giving away a pair of tickets to our show at American Beauty NYC in New York City this Friday. Check out the link below and answer a bit of band trivia to grab the tickets. Good luck!
elmoremagazine.com Since 1999, the Hackensaw Boys have been making old-time string band music influenced by their home in the rolling hills of Virginia. The Boys came back strong for this year’s Charismo…
It's been six amazing months since we released our latest album, "Charismo", produced by our friend Larry Campbell! Since its release, we've been traveling the wide world over, playing the songs for anybody who would listen - and a big hell yea to those of you who have! We've received so much positive feedback from many of you and it means a ton to us. With a lot of shows ahead in the upcoming year, we hope to see you sooner than later at any one of them! We'd be honored for you to share this album with your friends and family. Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, CD, or good ‘ol vinyl, whatever your format of choice is. Love for all!
Get your copy of "Charismo":
Amazon - amzn.to/2eCrQAz
iTunes - apple.co/2eyhyCC
Official website - bit.ly/22sDWRh