The music band The Hackensaw Boys was formed in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The band prefers such genres as country, folk, bluegrass, alternative rock, and folk rock. In the past 20 years, the lineup went through serious changes. More than 20 members came and went. Today, only one member from the original lineup is still with the group. It’s David Sickamen. In 2005, he left the band but then came back in 2012.
The initial lineup of the band featured such musicians as Rob Bullington, Robert St. Ours, Tom Peloso, and the abovementioned David Sickmen. All of them participated in different projects before deciding to form their own group. The idea came to the musicians when they were discussing their music in a café.
For several months, The Hackensaw Boys traveled to different towns in Virginia, giving concerts. The musicians rehearsed on the streets because they didn’t have enough money to rent a studio. In 2000, new artists joined the band. Eventually, the small group turned into a 12-member band.
Musicians embarked on a tour. They traveled in a small van, which they called The Dirty Bird. The tour wasn’t official. The artists gave concerts on the streets. Sometimes, they performed in small bars and nightclubs.