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 17 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. Now with their new album, Charismo (April 15, 2016 on Free Dirt Records)–their first studio album in almost a decade–the Hackensaw Boys have a new lineup and a new lease on life. Led by founding member, guitarist and songwriter David Sickmen, they’re back on the road with new songs, determined to get their fans back on the dancefloors they remember so well.
- NPR Weekend Edition, Feature story, 04/23/2016, The Hackensaw Boys: Making Old-Time New Again See Text
- No Depression, Feature story, 07/24/2016, The Hackensaw Boys Bring a Little ‘Charismo’ to Post-Brexit Britain See Text
- Americana Music Association, Mention, 12/19/2016, 2016 Americana Radio Chart Top 100
- The Burg, Event preview, 10/19/2016, Hackensaw Boys founder David Sickmen talks Bob Dylan, new album ahead of Amherst show