Hackensaw Boys

  • Harrisonburg, VA
  • 04/20/2019
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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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Roots stalwarts Hackensaw Boys stop in Harrisonburg, VA to play Open Door's Food Truck Fest on April 20

Hackensaw Boys will stop at the Food Truck Fest at Sunny Slope Farm in Harrisonburg, VA on April 20. 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. Proceeds benefit Open Doors, an organization offering aid to the homeless.

On the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, roots music stalwarts Hackensaw Boys speak to America's political unrest in their new single "Oval Room."   Written and recorded by Blaze Foley in the 1980s, the song recalls his list of grievances with the Reagan presidency: "Everywhere he goes, make the people mad / Makes the poor man beg, and the rich man glad." The band was excited to resurrect this protest gem—which was recorded by their friend Thomas Olivier at Studio Americain in Amsterdam—as the words seem more timely than ever. Hear the story in their own words:


Ferd showed us "Oval Room" while we were on tour in Europe and the lyrics were spot on with how some of us were feeling about the negative political climate in our country, and, for that matter, around the world. We immediately knew we wanted to record our interpretation of this timeless song. It’s worth noting that Blaze Foley had Ronald Reagan in mind when he wrote this song in the early eighties, yet we feel the words fit just as well with Trump and other dangerous heads of state around the globe. It’s ironic that Blaze’s melody feels fun and light-hearted. One can’t help but sing along happily to his words—words that, in truth, are so dark and shamefully still relevant today. —Hackensaw Boys

April 19 - Lynchburg, VA @ Academy Center for the Arts
April 20 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Food Truck Fest
May 4 - Washington, DC @ Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival
May 23 - Charlotte, NC @ River Jam
May 24 - Evans, GA @ Papa Joe's Banjo B Que Music Festival
June 1 - Nellysford, VA @ Bold Rock Barrel Barn
June 21 - Terschelling, Netherlands @ Oerol Festival
June 22 - Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival
June 23 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Kids N Billies
June 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
June 26 - Deventer, Netherlands @ Burgerweeshuis
June 27 - Jamburg, Germany @ Nochtwache
June 28 - Altlandsberg, Germany @ Bucholz Saloon
June 29 - Bassum, Netherlands @ Rostock BV
June 30 - Blerick, Netherlands @ Zoks Festival
July 5 - Ommen, Netherlands @ Bostheater Ommen
July 6 - Amelands, Netherlands @ MadNes
July 10 - Vail, CO @ Vail Summer Bluegrass Series

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Event Notes: Proceeds benefit Open Doors, an organization that offers aid to the homeless.
Ticket URL: Click here
Ticket Price(s): $12
Venue Link: Click here
Venue Zip: 22801
Venue City, State: Harrisonburg, VA
Venue St. Address: 1000 Erickson Ave
Venue: Food Truck Fest
Concert Start Time: 12:00pm
Doors Open: 12:00pm
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