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For touring musicians, the road is a harsh mistress. It takes an iron will to survive and a hard-headed love for music so deeply ingrained that the mere thought of a missed gig makes you nauseous. For 19 years, the Hackensaw Boys have plowed the asphalt, bringing their raw, gritty version of American roots music to the venues and streets that originally inspired them. Born in Virginia, along the same routes as fellow road warriors/street buskers Old Crow Medicine Show, the Hackensaw Boys have at times operated more as a collective than a band, sometimes boasting up to twenty members. What’s kept them together is a burning hot vision of American roots music brought kicking and screaming into a new age, fueled as much by a rowdy punk spirit as by the traditional masters that first inspired them. The Hackensaw Boys have always had more in common with bands like The Clash, who celebrated the working class roots of their own music, than they did with an overly-polished Nashville mainstream. As evidenced in the Hackensaws’ history, their music fit as easily as the backing band for Charlie Louvin as it did in backstage jams on tour with Modest Mouse or the Flaming Lips.

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  • 12/14/2018
  • Roanoke, VA

Roots stalwarts Hackensaw Boys stop in Rocky Mount to play Harvester Performance Center on Dec 14

Hackensaw Boys will make a stop at Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, VA on Dec 14. In their 20th year as a band, Hackensaw Boys still deliver the spirited, rowdy live show that's come to be expected, performing both old favorites and new tunes, like their take on Blaze Foley's  "Oval Room," out on Free Dirt Records.

On the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, roots music stalwarts Hackensaw...


  • 12/29/2018, Washington, DC, Gypsy Sally's, 9pm View
  • 12/15/2018, Richmond, VA, the Broadberry, 3:30pm View
  • 12/14/2018, Roanoke, VA, Harvester Performance Center, 8pm View
  • 10/05/2018, Lynchburg, VA, Infinity Downs Farm View
  • 09/15/2018, Washington, DC, Pearl Street Warehouse, 8:15 PM View
  • 09/14/2018, New York, NY, Hill Country BBQ - New York, 10:00 PM View
  • 09/13/2018, Harrisburg, PA, Abbey Bar, Appalachian Brewing Company View
  • 07/28/2018, Kemmerer, WY, Oyster Ridge Music Festival View


  • NPR Weekend Edition, Feature story, 04/23/2016, The Hackensaw Boys: Making Old-Time New Again See Text
  • WCSH-TV Channel 6 in Portland ME, Interview, 08/18/2017, Hackensaw Boys and their Charismo come to Portland See Text
  • Country Music, Album review, 02/01/2017, Hackensaw Boys "Charismo"
  • No Depression, Feature story, 07/24/2016, The Hackensaw Boys Bring a Little ‘Charismo’ to Post-Brexit Britain See Text
  • Cincinnati Enquirer, Event preview, 10/06/2016, The genre-bending bliss of Hackensaw Boys
  • Americana Music Association, Mention, 12/19/2016, 2016 Americana Radio Chart Top 100
  • The Burg, Event preview, 10/19/2016, Hackensaw Boys founder David Sickmen talks Bob Dylan, new album ahead of Amherst show
  • Americana Rhythm, Feature story, 06/01/2016, Jamin’ With the Hackensaw Boys