Hackensaw Boys w/ Gallows Bound
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.
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
The group's lineup includes:
Ward Harrison (strings and thumb picks)
Ferd Moyse (strings and horsehair)
Ben Townsend (strings and horsehair and thumb picks)
Brian Gorby (traps and sticks)
David Sickmen (strings and improvised straps)
John Miller (strings and coat rack)
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.
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.
More recently, they have made 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
I first met Aaron, the guitarist and bass drummer of the band, in 2006, when I first moved to our fair city [Winchester, VA]. He, and much of his band of the time, Anarcoustic, lived across the street from my apartment. After a few chance encounters in some of my favorite local hangouts, we teamed up to work on an album, which lead to another album, and a really great friendship. Over the years their lineup changed, and eventually they decided to call it quits as a folk-influenced punk band and reform, retaining some members and swapping others, as Gallows Bound.
As Gallows Bound, they have transformed into a band drawing on old country, folk, bluegrass, and roots music. It was hard to believe, before hearing them for myself, that the band I knew to play such loud punk music could be able to pull off something like they described to me, but within seconds of the beginning of "Empty Flask and Empty Heart" I was completely sold. As a group they look to the past, to the roots of the music they love today, and put traditional instruments and beautiful melodies together with the heartache and struggle they've always tackled in their songwriting. The[ir] songs  show the wide range of their talents, going from the dark "Empty Flask" to the brilliant, wordplay filled "Jesus", to the uplifting "Love Fury".
- Doug Stanford, Aux Send
Bright Box Theater (View)
15 N Loudoun St, Suite 100
Winchester, VA 22601
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