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You see them in the early hours of the morning walking hotel corridors, or boldly traversing rush hour streets. They are sincere, polite but talkative men with instrument cases. They admire the local scenery and appear unfed. By day they seem incapable of action but at night they step onto a stage and with taut fiddle bows, worn cutlery and dirty strings bring you a focused, vibrant and joyful sound. They are the Hackensaw Boys, and they are in your town.
The Hackensaw Boys first begain playing their joyful blend of old-time tinged music on the streets of Charlottesville, VA in the autumn of 1999. Far from limiting themselves to the old-time canon, however, the Hackensaws have been first and foremost a band of songwriters. 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.
The Hackensaw Boys are being recognized as one of the most exciting groups on the diverse Americana music scene and have shared the stage with a bevy of musical heavyweights including Detroit Cobras, De La Soul, Flaming Lips, Charlie Louvin, Del McCoury and Modest Mouse, who's Tom Peloso writes some songs with the Hackensaws.
The Independent Weekly says, “[The Hackensaw Boys] play bluegrass like the rebel music it once was, from the furiously paced "Lonesome Train" and "Cannonball" to pretty ballads like "Sun's Work Undone" and "Herschel's Song." Inspired and skilled musicians, their shows are infused with energy and a generous spirit.”
Joining the Hackensaw Boys are Portland's own rock-infused bluegrass peddlers, 4 on the Floor who consistently amaze crowds at Mt. Tabor Theater with their energetic and engaging performances. In the lounge, Jokers & Jacks who have taken their rich harmonies and well-crafted acoustic performances up and down the West Coast.