The Hackensaw Boys make old-time music a group effort. The six-man band shares some of the harmonies, some of the leads and the ability to know when to shut up, according to the group’s website.
The band formed more than a decade ago in Charlottesville, Va., but is now spread out over West Virgina, New York and New Orleans.
The group’s lineup includes Ward Harrison (strings and thumb picks), Ferd Moyse (strings and horsehair), Ben Townsend (strings and horsehair, strings and thumb picks), Brian Gorby (traps and sticks), David Sickmen (strings and improvised straps), John Miller (stand up strings and fingers).
The Hackensaws have toured extensively and internationally with diverse acts including The Flaming Lips, Cracker, Modest Mouse, Camper Van Beethoven, The Detroit Cobras, Cake, Railroad Earth, Cheap Trick and De La Soul.
They’ve appeared at 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 and Pickathon in Oregon.
The band released a live album, “For the Love of a Friend,” in April. The album can be heard for free on the band’s website, www.hackensawboys.com
The group released “The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 1” and “The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 2,” six-song collections from recording sessions held at the Sound of Music studios on Broad Street in Richmond, Va. last year.
The band plays a free show at Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room on Thursday night.
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