The Hackensaw Boys: “Where’n The Hell Did These Boys Come From?”
“The Hackensaw Boys, a rough and ready, nationally-touring bluegrass band bring their high octane brand of roots music to The Green Parrot
with shows beginning at 10 P.M.on Monday, January 30th, and 5:30 and 10 PM on Tuesday, January 31st.
Flat-out, hard-core barnburners, the energetic acoustic string combo
specializing in Appalachian-informed roots music combines fiddle,
banjo, guitar, mandolin, mouth harp, upright bass, and various
percussive curios into a yodel-enhanced hootenanny.
The Hackensaw Boys first began playing their joyful blend of old-time
tinged music in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1999. Their music, while
drawing upon the spirit of the mountains, is sophisticated and
informed by the best elements of punk rock and classic country music.
As one reviewer put it: Imagine the Carter Family meets the Ramones,
and you begin to get the picture.
They’ve toured extensively with the likes of Modest Mouse, the Flaming
Lips, Cake, Cheap Trick, Camper Van Beethoven, De La Soul and the
Detroit Cobras. They’ve done coast-to-coast dates as the backing band
for Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin (of the Louvin
Brothers) and been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition with Scott
Simon.” They’ve shared a New Year’s Eve bill at the Ryman Theater in
Nashville with the Del McCoury Band and played three sold-out nights
headlining at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. They’ve been known to use
four studios, three rock stars and two continents to make one album.
They used to live on a bus and they still enjoy playing in the street.
Who are these guys? Please make welcome Nettwerk recording artists:
The Hackensaw Boys. No, they don’t live on a bus anymore but they’ve
got enough spirit and songcraft to take you for one hell of a ride. In
the words of one reviewer: “The band infuses their grassy tornado with
brazen punk attitude and catchy pop structure while simultaneously
remaining vehemently sincere.”
They’ve survived departures and arrivals, blessings and, most
importantly, each other. Add to this, thousands of nights in hundreds
of clubs from Nashville to Bangor, from Los Angeles to Rotterdam and
you begin to get an idea of the dedication and sheer mule-like
tenacity that is the Hackensaw Boy ethic.