For almost two decades, the Hackensaw Boys have plowed the asphalt bringing their raw, gritty American vernacular sounds to the music halls and streets across the world. Twenty years later, the group continues their burning hot vision of American roots music into a new age, fueled as much by a rowdy punk spirit as by the traditional masters that first inspired them.

The music began in 1999 when four friends from Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley found their collective ways to the roots music hub of Charlottesville. They didn’t waste time getting going, playing a show on the street the day of their first practice. The group let the good times roll and started adding like-minded people until their ranks reached twelve players for their first US tour. As with the folk and punk traditions which form the foundation of their sound, they’ve always operated more as a collective than a band. Helmed by founding member David Sickmen, the Hackensaw Boys have always had more in common with bands like The Clash, who celebrated the working class roots of their own music, than they did with an overly-polished Nashville mainstream sound.

Throughout the 20 years of the bands existence Hackensaw Boys have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many amazing and diverse artists, such as the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Rambling Jack Elliot, Cake, Cheap Trick, De La Soul, and many more. Once, they even served as legendary country singer Charlie Louvin’s backing band for a tour. The band’s most recent recording, Charismo (2016), was produced by Grammy award-winning producer Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, B.B King) in upstate New York. Thankfully, there’s no sign of the band slowing down anytime soon. Currently, the band has brand new studio material in the works and many shows lined up in Europe and the U.S.

The coming year, 2019, is shaping up to be a fine year indeed and whether listening to one of their studio recordings or witnessing a live performance, one thing is guaranteed: a first-rate time will be had by all.

Current Lineup:

David Sickmen

Caleb Powers

Chris Stevens

Beau Dodson

Thomas Olivier

Past Lineup:

Robert St. Ours

Tom Peloso

Ferd Moyse

Robert Bullington

Jesse Fiske

Justin Neuhardt

David Goldstein

Charlie Bell

Phillip St. Ours

Phil Gianinni

Chris Johnson

Ward Harrison

Shawn Galbraith

Brian Gorby

Pokey LaFarge

John Miller

Ben Townsend

Ben Jacobs

Matthew Kuester

Brian Farrow

Jon Goff


Honorable Mention:
William Gage
Aaron Farrington

The Hackensaw Boys have an infectious musical spirit that’s pure and delightful. It was a thrill to get to work with these guys.
— Larry Campbell

The band infuses their grassy tornado with brazen punk attitude and catchy pop structure, while simultaneously remaining vehemently sincere.
— Pitchfork

Before string bands were a “thing” in popular culture, there was the Hackensaw Boys. Before The Avett Brothers were selling out arenas, before Mumford & Sons were becoming the biggest band in music in a given year, before everybody and their brother was growing a beard and wearing suspenders and playing in jug bands, the Hackensaw Boys were mixing bluegrass and old time music with a punk attitude, and reshaping what a modern old school string band could sound like.
— Saving Country Music