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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Hackensaw Boys Live in Raalte, NL @ Ribs & Blues - 6/4


We're looking forward to playing Ribs & Blues Festival in Raalte, NL in Jun 4. Get your tickets right here:


Hackensaw Boys Live in Drachten, NL @ Jun fan Peije


You can catch our show at Festival De Jûn fan Peije in Drachten, NL on Jun 3. Hope to see you there!

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Hackensaw Boys Live in Scheveningen, NL @ Buiten - 6/2


We'll be playing Strandpaviljoen "Buiten" in Scheveningen, NL Jun 2. Grab your tickets right here:

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Hackensaw Boys Live in Veenhuizen, NL @ Coco Maria - 6/1


Looking forward to stopping by Coco Maria in Veenhuizen, NL for a set on Jun 1. Reserve your tickets here:

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Hackensaw Boys Live in Tilburg, NL @ Paradox - 5/31


You can catch our set at Paradox Tilburg in Tilburg, NL on May 31. Grab your tickets below and we'll see you soon.

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Hackensaw Boys Live in Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat - 5/30


Looking forward to a show at Patronaat Haarlem in Haarlem, NL on May 30! Reserve your tickets right here:

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Hackensaw Boys Live in Ottersum, NL @ Roepaen - 5/28


We're playing Roepaen Podium in Ottersum, NL on May 28. Grab your tickets now at the link below. See you soon!

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Hackensaw Boys Live in Diksmuide, BE @ Muzieclub 4AD - 5/27


Diksmuide, BE - you can see us perform at Muzieclub 4AD on May 27. It's our only show in Belgium on this tour! Get your tickets here:

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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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