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Hackensaw Boys

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The Hackensaw Boys first began playing their joyful blend of old-time and bluegrass string-band music on the streets of Charlottesville in the autumn of 1999. When the weather turned cold, the boys took to the warmth of the Blue Moon Diner, a favorite purlieu specializing in good food, hot coffee and warm camaraderie. A steady stream of shows in the cramped but cozy diner solidified the group’s sound and attracted new members. In July of 2000, the boys spent a sweltering day in the Coles’ family parlor playing to a reel-to-reel machine and a couple of torpid hounds. The electrically magnetized tape from that session became their first disc – Get Some – a high-octane collection of original and traditional material. Invigorated by the overwhelmingly positive response to their first album and aided by the acquisition of a 1964 GMC touring coach, affectionately dubbed the Dirty Bird, the Hackensaws steadily increased their touring radius. Not content to limit their rambles, however, and too foolish to think seriously of the ramifications to their collective personal hygiene, the Hackensaws embarked upon a six-week independent national tour during the summer of 2001. Hundreds of nights later after playing in hundreds of clubs from Nashville to Bangor, Los Angeles to Tampa, and everywhere in between, you begin to get an idea of the dedication and sheer mule-like tenacity that is the Hackensaw ethic. All of which is to say that the Hackensaw Boys get around. So remember, if you’re in a dark alley somewhere, whether it be Europe or the Everglades and you smell something funny – don’t worry, it might just be a Hackensaw.

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