When: Wed., May 20, 9 p.m. 2015
rock, 9 p.m.
The Hackensaw Boys first went on tour in 2000 in a 1964 GMC motorcoach dubbed The Dirty Bird. “To be honest, our first tour was the best time we’ve had,” vocalist and multi-instrumentalist David Sickmen says. “We had 12 guys in the band, and it was a rolling party. It had a certain look and feel about it that was a big part of who we are.” These days, Sickmen is the only remaining original member of raucous Charlottesville, Va.-based folksters. Oddly enough, that evolution has been pretty much trouble-free. “Whenever somebody wanted to step down, they hand-picked the next person,” Sickmen explains. “So, basically it’s always been the original members in some way or another.” Sickmen himself took a five-year hiatus from the band, and it took him a year and half before he could stop thinking about it every day. Since he’s gotten back in the grind, the group has been working on a new album Charismo, in honor of a makeshift instrument (a sculpture of cans and hubcaps) they used on the album. Produced by Bob Dylan bandmate Larry Campbell, the rock-meets-country record will drop at the end of the summer. For now, the Hackensaw Boys are focused on making the most of their time on the road. “To me, a live performance needs to be celebratory,” says Sickmen. “It’s about not being at work and out having fun. It should be a time where people that have to work nine-to-five jobs and do things they aren’t excited about have a chance to get away, party, dance, drink some beer, forget about their shit, and have fun.” —Kalyn Oyer WEDNESDAY