All Ages, Blues, Folk, & Country

Drew Emmitt Band

When: Sun., March 9, 8 p.m. 2008

The Hackensaw Boys are one of the few young bluegrass bands that actually come from bluegrass country. They got together in Charlottesville, NC, as a bunch of college kids playing for fun. The band's ragged acoustic energy and original tunes owe as much to punk and the singer-songwriter tradition as they do to bluegrass and country, but the pickin' and harmonies are all first rate. They may sound like they just stepped out of some sepia back porch portrait at times, but their lyrics deal with present-day topics like greed, exploitation, pollution, and other crimes against nature and humanity. One of their trademark tunes, "Kiss You Down There," may be the loveliest song ever written about oral sex. They've opened shows for indie rockers and served as the back-up band for country legend Charlie Louvin, and draw crowds peppered with punks, roots rockers, and jam band afficandos impressed by their free-flowing arrangements. The Hackensaw Boys co-headline with the Drew Emmitt Band on Sunday, March 9 at the Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco). 8 p.m. $15.

j. poet

Price: $15

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