Energetically playing bluegrass and roots music with all the abandon of a rock band, Virginia’s Hackensaw Boys took their name from the way they tended to hack and saw at their instruments. After establishing themselves locally, the group got their first national exposure in 2002 as part of the Unlimited Sunshine Tour, holding their own alongside eclectic tourmates like Modest Mouse and De La Soul.

The Hackensaw Boys are back with their new self-titled album. Known for their energetic live shows, the band have been operating as a sort of musical collective for over two decades now, carving a songline that traverses all genres of American roots music. Hackensaw Boys is full of classic, catchy Hackensaw sounds while achieving a new level of unapolegetic honesty and vulnerability via frontman Sickmen’s well-honed, salt-of-the-earth songwriting.