Hackensaw Boys

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With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n’ roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today’s diverse Americana music scene.

How does it work?

Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charismo (a home-made tin can contraption) and the occasional trap kit.

Where do they come from?

In the beginning they all lived in Charlottesville, VA, but now the seven members are spread throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and California. For more than a decade, however, they’ve come together to tour the United States, Europe and the U.K. and to record several critically acclaimed albums
Who are they?

The group’s lineup includes:
• Ferd Moyse (strings and horsehair)
• Jimmy Stelling ( thumb picks)
• Brian Gorby (traps and sticks)
• David Sickmen (strings and improvised straps)

What’s new?

The group’s latest efforts, The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 1 and The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 2, deliver original material that draws upon the songwriting talents of its members. These six-song collections are the result of recording sessions held at the decaying but comfortable Sound of Music studios on Broad Street in Richmond, VA before it moved to its new location. The recordings were mastered by Grammy award winner Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering in Takoma Park, MD. As with the group’s previous album, Look Out (Nettwerk Records, 2007), all songs were engineered by Library of Congress archival audio restoration specialist (and all around good guy) Bryan Hoffa.

Group History…

Ancient History

In the fall of 2000, twelve musicians and a photographer friend left the Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville, VA in a 1964 GMC motorcoach ("The Dirty Bird") and circled the country on a six-week tour of theaters, bars, street corners and alleys.


The Hackensaws have toured with a bevy of diverse acts that were quick to embrace the group’s sound and songcraft, including: The Flaming Lips, Cracker, Modest Mouse, Camper Van Beethoven, The Detroit Cobras, Cake, Railroad Earth, Cheap Trick and De La Soul.
In 2003, the Hackensaw Boys were honored to serve as Charlie Louvin’s backing band on that Country Music Hall of Fame member’s nationwide tour.

Recent History

Appearances at numerous festivals including Pukelpop in Belgium, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Bergenfest in Norway, Telluride in Colorado, Belfast Folk Festival in Ireland, Floyd Fest in Virginia, Lowlands in the Netherlands, Pickathon in Oregon, and more…

More Recent History

Really good times in places like Seattle, Antwerp, Asheville, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Minneapolis, Knoxville, London, New York, Portland, Utrecht, Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Dublin, Los Angeles, and more…

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Live radio alert! Today we'll be at the WMNF studio in Tampa from 4-6pm Eastern time. If you're local, tune in to 88.5 FM or stream online everywhere else at www.wmnf.org. We'll be hanging out and playing some tunes on Thursday Afternoon Traffic Jam on WMNF Community radio before our FREE show at New World Brewery tonight!

April 2017 tour with The Tillers!
More info at: hackensawboys.com/shows

Hackensaw Boys Live in Philly, PA @ World Cafe Live - 2/26


Philly: we’ll be in town on Feb 26 to play World Cafe Live! Get your tickets at the link below. Looking forward to it!

worldcafelive.com 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 r

Hackensaw Boys Daytrotter Session Aug 3, 2016


We're happy to share the Daytrotter session we recorded back in August...check out the three-song set below!

daytrotter.com Hackensaw Boys Horseshack Davenport, IA Aug 3, 2016

Hackensaw Boys Live in Lancaster, PA @ Lancaster Roots & Blues -2/25


We’re looking forward to playing Lancaster Roots and Blues Fest in Lancaster, PA on Feb 25. See the full lineup and get your tickets at the link below!

lancasterrootsandblues.com Get tickets to Hackensaw Boys live in Lancaster.

Hackensaw Boys Live in Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub - 2/11


Orlando: we’re heading your way for a show at Will's Pub on Feb 11! More info here:

willspub.org Get tickets to Hackensaw Boys live in Orlando.

Hackensaw Boys Live in Stuart, FL @ Terra Fermata - 2/10


We’ll be at Terra Fermata in Stuart, FL on Feb 10. Reserve your tickets at the link below and we’ll see you soon!

terrafermata.com Get tickets to Hackensaw Boys live in Stuart.

We’re excited to announce that we’re joining forces with our friends The Tillers for a tour in April! We’ll make our way through the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, USA. Check out the full schedule below:

April 19 - Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage *
April 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
April 21 - Washington, DC @ The Hamilton *
April 22 - Thomas, WV @ The Purple Fiddle *
April 23 - Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern *
April 25 - Chicago, IL @ Martyrs’ *
April 26 - Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter *
April 27 - St. Louis, MO @ OFF BROADWAY MUSIC VENUE *
April 28 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi *
April 29 - Newport, KY @ The Southgate House Revival *

* with The Tillers

Tickets & more tour dates: http://hackensawboys.com/shows

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Band Members

Current Touring Lineup as of 2015:

Brian "Nugget" Gorby - Charismo, Drums (2010-Present)
Ferd "Four" Moyse - Fiddle (2004 - Present)
David "Shiner" Sickmen - Guitar (1999 -2005) (Re-joined 2012)
Jimmy "The Kooky-Eyed Fox" Stelling - Banjo (1999-2007) (Re-joined 2014)

Past Touring Members:

Shawn "Plantain" Galbraith - Banjo (2007-2012)
Robert "Mahlon" Bullington - Mandolin, Guitar (1999 -2011)
Tom "Pee Paw" Peloso - Fiddle, Bass (1999-2004)
Robert "Uncle Blind Bobby" St. Ours - Banjo, Fiddle (1999-2003)
Justin "Salvage" Neuhardt - Charismo, Spoons, and Drums (1999-2010)
Jesse "Baby J." Fiske - Bass, Accordion, Harmonica and Guitar (1999-2011)
Jimmy "The Kooky-Eyed Fox" Stelling - Banjo, Fiddle (1999-2007)
Philip "Jigsaw" St. Ours - Washboard (1999-2001, 2008)
Phil "Slate Hill Phil" "Tater" Gianniny - Guitar (1999-2001) [b.1975 - d.2006]
David "Big Roy" (Sorry Buddy, we know you never liked that name) Goldstein - Accordian (1999-2004)
Chris "Sawzall" Johnson - Fiddle (1999-2001)
Charlie "The Lover" Bell - Dobro (1999-2004)
Drew "Pokey" LaFarge - Mandolin (2006)
William "Bear" Gage - Guitar (1999)
John Miller - Bass (2012-2013)
Ward "Spits" Harrison - Guitar (2005 - 2013)
Ben Townsend - Fiddle/Banjo (2012-2013)


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New Frontier Booking - peter@newfrontiertouring.com
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