Hackensaw Boys

  • Floyd, VA
  • 11/26/2016
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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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Americana/Roots

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Jonathan Een Newton
651-315-5929
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Devon Léger
206-557-4447

Hackensaw Boys Play Floyd, VA on Nov 26 As Part of "Charismo" Album Release Tour

HACKENSAW BOYS ON TOUR WORLDWIDE IN SUPPORT OF BRAND NEW ALBUM CHARISMO 

On the fall leg of their album release tour, Hackensaw Boys will blaze a trail through the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest, including a show in Floyd, VA on Nov 26 at Dogtown Roadhouse. 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 recently dropped 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.

"Making Old-Time New Again"— NPR's "Weekend Edition"

"The Hackensaw Boys have an infectious musical spirit that’s pure and delightful. It was a thrill to get to work with these guys." — Larry Campbell

"Before string bands were a “thing” in popular culture, there was the Hackensaw Boys. Before The Avett Brothers were selling out arenas, before Mumford & Sons were becoming the biggest band in music in a given year, before everybody and their brother was growing a beard and wearing suspenders and playing in jug bands, the Hackensaw Boys were mixing bluegrass and old time music with a punk attitude, and reshaping what a modern old school string band could sound like." —Saving Country Music

Charismo 2016/17 Album Release Tour

Nov 3 - Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre
Nov 4 - New York, NY @ American Beauty
Nov 5 - Altoona, PA @ McGarvey's Bar
Nov 13 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Green Flash Brewing Company
Nov 18 - Southern Pines, NC @ Sunrise Theater
Nov 19 - Black Mountain, NC @ Pisgah Brewing
Nov 25 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater #
Nov 26 - Floyd, VA @ Dogtown Roadhouse
Feb 8 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The Ale & The Witch
Feb 10 - Stuart, FL @ Terra Fermata
Jun 24 - Jacksonville, FL @ Cummer Museum

# with Larry Keel

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Ticket URL: Click here
Ticket Phone: (540) 745-6836
Ticket Price(s): Advance: $8; Day of: $10
Venue Link: Click here
Venue Zip: 24091
Venue City, State: Floyd, VA
Venue St. Address: 302 South Locust Street
Venue: Dogtown Roadhouse
Concert Start Time: 9:00 PM
Doors Open: 8:00 PM
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