Hackensaw Boys

  • Columbus, OH
  • 05/05/2016
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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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Hackensaw Boys Play Columbus, OH on May 5 As Part of "Charismo" Album Release Tour


On the spring leg of their album release tour, Hackensaw Boys will blaze a trail through the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest, including a show in Columbus, OH on May 5 at Woodlands Tavern. In their 17th year as a band, Hackensaw Boys still deliver the spirited, rowdy live show that's come to be expected, performing both old favorites and brand new tunes from Charismo, which drops April 15 on Free Dirt Records.

Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.

Produced by Larry Campbell--who has lent his talents to Bob DylanLevon Helm, and countless others--Charismo sees the band reeled in and slightly refined, though still as spirited as ever. The songs (all written by longtime Hackensaws David Sickmen and Ferd Moyse) are tinged with an attitude of scrappy resilience, spinning tales and metaphors of everyday, working class struggles and triumphs. With Campbell’s production, the Hackensaw’s somewhat casual, porch-front aesthetic is sharpened around the edges, focusing in on the simple beauty of their melodies and the earnestness in their delivery.

Transcendent of the parts that make up its whole, the record has a collective feel that reflects the band’s rambling history; the Hackensaws have been a home for dozens of musicians over the years, but have steadfastly endured through life’s many changes. With Charismo, the Boys don’t let down on providing their signature ever-present, feel-good energy. It’s the kind of intangible presence that reminds us of our connection to other people and to our history, to the idea that we are a part of something much larger than ourselves.

Charismo 2016 Album Release Tour

April 15 || Gatlinburg, TN || Sugarlands Distilling Company (Album Release Show)
April 16 || Salisbury, NC || New Sarum Brewing Company
April 23 || Forest, VA || Lynchstock Music Festival
April 27 || Brooklyn, NY || Brooklyn Bowl
April 28 || Mifflinburg, PA || Rusty Rail Brewing Company
April 29 || Balin, PA || Spring Pickin’ Bluegrass Festival
May 1 || Syracuse, NY || The Westcott Theater
May 3 || Rochester, NY || Abilene Bar & Lounge
May 5 || Columbus, OH || Woodlands Tavern
May 7 || Berekley Springs, WV || Sleepy Creek Spring Dig
May 11 || Nashville, TN || 12th & Porter
May 12 || St. Louis, MO || The Bootleg (at Atomic Cowboy)
May 14 || Lexington, KY || Willie’s Locally Known
May 19 || Washington, DC || Gypsy Sally's
May 21 || Phoenixville, PA || The Colonial Theatre
May 27 || Crawford, TN || Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s
May 28 || Knoxville, TN || Scruffy City Hall
June 16 || Pittsburgh, PA || Club Cafe 
June 17 || Harrisburg, PA || The Abbey Bar
June 18 || Jim Thorpe, PA || Maunch Chunk Opera House
June 25 || Rotterdam, Netherlands || Pijnackerplein Bluegrass Festival
June 26 || Oostkamp, Belgium || Muddy Roots Europe
June 28 || London, United Kingdom || Boston Music Arms
June 29 || Cardiff, United Kingdom || The Moon Club
June 30 || Newcastle, United Kingdom || The Cluny
July 1 || Easton, United Kingdom || Maverick Festival
July 10 || Deventer, Netherlands || Hoogtevrees
July 13 || Lugano, Switzerland || Lugano Buskers Festival
July 14 || Selestat, France || Le Tigre
July 17 || Jablonec Nad Nisou, Czech Republic || Eurocentrism
July 22 || Luzern Switzerland || Blueballs Festival
July 23 || Krefeld, Germany || Kulturrampe
July 24 || Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands || Zwarte Cross

Dispatch Details

Doors Open: 8pm
Concert Start Time: 9pm
Venue: Woodlands Tavern
Venue St. Address: 1200 W Third Ave
Venue City, State: Columbus, OH
Venue Zip: 43212
Venue Link: Click here
Ticket Price(s): $15
Ticket URL: Click here
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