The Hackensaw Boys to play at 123 Pleasant Street
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2011 23:11
Virginia-based Americana/bluegrass favorites The Hackensaw Boys are set to take the stage at 123 Pleasant Street tonight. Opening for The Hackensaw Boys will be The Trainjumpers.
The Hackensaw Boys are a seven-piece Americana band firmly rooted in traditional string band sounds.
Despite this influence, they strive to maintain an original sound and accomplish it through contributions from each band member.
"We play original material provided by different members of the band," said Shawn Galbraith, banjo player for The Hackensaw Boys. "There are some traditional elements to our sound for sure, but we always try to maintain some uniqueness."
Gailbraith said this band-wide effort is made apparent in each of the its toe-tapping tracks.
Each member contributes vocals, which results in incredibly complex and beautiful harmonies, and each of the seven different instruments fall perfectly into place with no single one overshadowing another.
Making their sound even more diverse, The Hackensaw Boys are not afraid to slow things down and break away from the traditional upbeat tempo of Americana music.
"We've got some fast songs, some slow songs," Galbraith said. "It's just all about writing music we like and having a good time for us."
Make no mistake, though, if you were looking forward to a fast-paced jam band to groove to, The Hackensaw Boys have you covered there, as well.
"We're a great band to tap your toe to, do some dancin'," Galbraith said.
A band that has played the 123 Pleasant Street stage multiple times in the past, The Hackensaw Boys promise to bring the fire and energy crowds thirst. Tonight's performance will showcase this passion in all of its musical glory.
Opening up for The Hackensaw Boys tonight is Ohio Valley rock and ska band The Trainjumpers.
Boasting a sound that is part classic rock, part reggae and part ska, The Trainjumpers are truly unique in today's music scene.
The band's core sound brings to mind classic acts like Dire Straits, but The Trainjumpers put a spin on this by introducing reggae-feeling time signatures and grooves.
On top of this, the band utilizes saxophone work throughout every song, which adds yet another dimension to an already distinctive sound.
The Trainjumpers, like The Hackensaw Boys, are veterans of the 123 Pleasant Street stage and will bring their exclusive sound with them tonight in what promises to be an energy-filled show.
For those looking for a great end-of-the-week release and wanting to kick off Thanksgiving break with a bang, 123 Pleasant Street is the place to be.
The show starts at 10 p.m. and there will be a $15 cover charge.