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The Hackensaw Boys


  1. 1.
    Don't Bet Against Me
  2. 2.
    Oval Room
  3. 3.
    Oh, Girl
  4. 4.
    Kiss You Down There
  5. 5.
    Sun's Work Undone
"Charismo" is The Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear.
The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 19 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.
Produced by Larry Campbell – who has lent his talents to Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others – "Charismo" sees the band reeled in and slightly refined, though still as spirited as ever. The songs (all written by longtime Hackensaws David Sickmen and Ferd Moyse) are tinged with an attitude of scrappy resilience, spinning tales and metaphors of everyday, working class struggles and triumphs. With Campbell’s production, the Hackensaw’s somewhat casual, porch-front aesthetic is sharpened around the edges, focusing in on the simple beauty of their melodies and the earnestness in their delivery.
Transcendent of the parts that make up its whole, the record has a collective feel that reflects the band’s rambling history; the Hackensaws have been a home for dozens of musicians over the years, but have steadfastly endured through life’s many changes. With "Charismo," the Boys don’t let down on providing their signature ever-present, feel-good energy.<br>


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