Hackensaw Boys

  • Cleveland, OH
  • 06/30/2017
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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 Make a Stop at Beachland Ballroom for a Show on June 30 in Cleveland, OH

Hot off their spring European tour, Hackensaw Boys will make a stop in Cleveland, OH for a show with their old friend Pokey LaFarge on June 30 at the Beachland Ballroom. 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 new tunes from Charismo, out now 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.

2017 Summer Tour

June 8 - Buckhannon, WV @ McNemar Home
June 10 - Snowshoe, WV @ Wanderlust Festival
June 24 - Jacksonville, FL @ Cummer Museum
Jun 30 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *
July 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater *
July 2 -  Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern *
July 8 - Fort Valley, VA @ Ritenour Farm 
Aug 11 - Kill Devil Hills, NC @ Outer Banks Brewing Station
Aug 12 - Norfolk, VA @ NorFOLK Festival

* with Pokey LaFarge

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Event Notes: All Ages
Ticket URL: Click here
Ticket Price(s): ADV $20, DOS $22
Venue Link: Click here
Venue Zip: 44110
Venue City, State: Cleveland, OH
Venue St. Address: 15711 Waterloo Rd
Venue: Beachland Ballroom
Concert Start Time: 8:30pm
Doors Open: 7:30pm
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