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Good news. We have finally got our line-up announced. Hopefully you have seen it and if not here is the flyer with the full roster on board.



Tickets can be purchased here:

Early Bird tickets finish up on April 7th so go ahead and get them while they last.

We are still accepting Sponsors and Arts and Craft Vendors. If you are interested please send us an e-mail to 

Stay tuned for more info as it surfaces.


Hey Hey folks,

It’s a new year and we are back in action. The river cleaning has taken a slow halt due to a halt in funding but we are getting back into the music biz so that we can get back into the trash biz. Here is a brief announcement of things to come this year at Riverside Festival. WE MOVED VENUES. Please remember this. Don’t show up at Watermelon Park the day of the event because we won’t be there. This is for the best. We moved to Brunswick Family Campground in Brunswick Md. It’s right up the road about 10 miles so I don’t wanna hear any whining from the lot of you lol. This year we can sell alcohol!!! Which doesn’t mean you can’t bring your own, but the places you can drink your own will be restricted. We will be selling alcohol by the stage so now you can drink and listen to music without being hassled!! Are you happy about that? I thought you might be. Here is a preliminary Press release of things to come.  We will also be introducing rock and roll back into the line-up this year. Everything is going to be  better I promise.

2014 Shenandoah Riverside Festival


Date: June13-15


Where:Brunswick Family Campground

100 S. Maple Ave Brunswick



EARLY-BIRD” Prices and Dates:

(Feb. 1 thru April 7)

* Weekend Pass = $45

“Regular Ticket” Prices and Dates:

(April 8 thru June 5)

* Weekend Pass = $55

*Saturday ONLY Pass = $35



Who: The Best Bluegrass/ Folk/ World Music in

the land Featuring Artists; TBA



“This is Earth Korps Inc 5th annual

Fundraiser for pollution removal of

the Shenandoah River. Since May

2010 Earth Korps has removed and

recycled over 30 tons of

trash from our water systems with

the help of many volunteers and

the success of this great event”

For more info please visit



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Shenandoah Riverside Festival At Watermelon Park

July 05, 2013 at 4:47 AM


Shenandoah Riverside Festival

Watermelon Park, Berryville, Virginia

June 14-15, 2013

by Reed A. George



For the second consecutive year, I spent a beautiful weekend in June by the Shenandoah River, listening to great music and convening with friends. The Shenandoah Riverside Fest is hosted annually by Earth Korps, who puts heroic efforts into cleaning up the river. So, we’re doing something good for the river while we enjoy it in the summer sun.


Here was the lineup from this year’s show:


Friday June 14th

5:30-6:30 Banana Express

7-8 Circa Blue

830-10 Lonesome River Band

10:30-11:30 Hackensaw Boys


Sat: June15th

12:12:45 Porch Pickers Brigade

1:15-2:00 Travelin Hillbillies

2:30-3:30 Stoney Creek

4-5 Lonesome Highway

5:30-6:30 Dry Mill Road

7-8 The Woodshedders

8:30-10:00 Russell Moore and Third Tyme Out

10:15- Holy Ghost Tent Revival


Unfortunately, I had other commitments on this weekend, so had to drop in and out a couple of times, and did not get to camp. I did get there early on the 14th to see Banana Express, a great young band from Winchester, Virginia, and saw all of the Friday night acts.



Banana Express


The Lonesome River Band has been together for 30 years. They have an impressive recording history, and are a blast to see on-stage.








The Lonesome River Band



Wrapping up the Friday lineup, the Hackensaw Boys really threw down some tunes. This was my first exposure to the band, but certainly won’t be my last. They kept the crowd moving non-stop throughout their set. Percussionist Brian Gorby wins the strangest instrument contest, with his collection of stuff to beat on, known as a “charismo.”







The Hackensaw Boys




Dancing to the Hackensaw Boys


My coverage of Saturday was more spotty. I did catch the Lonesome Highway, and The Woodshedders.



Lonesome Highway


The Woodshedders are local favorites in the area, and hosts of the annual Watermelon Park Festival in September. They really put on a good show for us on this beautiful Saturday afternoon in June.










As always, the audience was kind, into the music, and had a good time.




What a great way to spend the weekend. Let’s hope Earth Korps continues the traditions – hosting this wonderful festival by the river, and doing good things for the environment!




Check out more of Reed’s photos by clinking to the link to his gallery below





– See more at:

Hey folks, 

We are about 3 weeks out from this thing. Which is going to be amazing this year. I am looking for a handful of volunteers to help with the show. If you are interested I need you to give a young lady by the name of Michele Jenkins a call at 540 622 4328 for details or e-mail her at . This is a great opportunity that will allow you total access to the show and the ability to work off your ticket! Giver her a call quick because we don’t need many.

Hey folks,

We’re coming to the tail end of the countdown for the 2013 Shenandoah Riverside Festival and I hope you have your tickets lined up already because this word going around this year is that this thing is going to be a monster. Here is the story on another one of our great bands  lined up called Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, based in Greensboro, NC, has swept away audiences over the past five years and built a reputation for energetic, tightly crafted music with meaningful lyrics presented in signature memorable, passionate performances. It is this music that moved Chris Hillman from The Flying Burrito Brothers to exclaim “Man! You guys have really got something,” as he watched from offstage at the Loveless Café in Nashville. This feeling manifests itself in the band’s second full length album,Sweat Like the Old Days. Listeners will find the group maturing away from their blend of Dixieland- and ragtime inspired folk rock into a more electric, horn and rock driven sound. 

Their first release from 2008, So Long I Screamed, is indicative of the national folk explosion taking hold of musicians at that time. Essentially an acoustic album, it has the ring of bluegrass, yet has all the sensibility and infectious energy of rock; an album chock full of driving horn sections, rich harmonies, and catchy melodies. This progression continued the next year with their second release, Family, enlisting A-list musicians to supply additional talent to their expanding electric sound. Here, the band allowed the tape to roll well before and after each take, and this laidback approach not only calls to mind the quality of an Alan Lomax field recording from the 1930s, but also invites listeners into the loose and raucous affair. Again, I did not write this!

“Since 2009, the band has played 300 dates per year up and down the East coast and as far west as Chicago and Austin, headlining festivals like Shakori Hills, Bele Chere, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots. Withstanding the loss of their founding bassist in the fall of 2011, the band has nursed their sound after months in the studio into an even more concentrated rush of electric joy that may surprise listeners accustomed to vintage Ghost. Their third studio album, Sweat Like the Old Days, which was released in September 2012, reveals a group of songwriters producing mature, thoughtful lyrics atop lush arrangements. It is a wholly original sound, unshaken by change, which signals a bright and enduring future for years to come.”

Hey folks,

I thought it would be neat over the next few weeks as we wind down to the festival to showcase some of our great talent, give you a little back ground on them and put some links to some songs up here. One of our great acts this year is the Hackensaw Boys.

Mind you this is per Wikipedia. I didn’t write this.

The Hackensaw Boys are a string band based in central Virginia, first formed in 1999. The band has drawn on many musical influences, but are best known as a secular gospel collective of east coast musicians dedicated to songwriting, Old-Time Music, Bluegrass Music, Country Music, Rock and Roll Music, live music played in expected, as well as unexpected venues in expected, as well as unexpected ways, recorded music, and are “Known best for rowdy, energetic live shows,”[1] the group is mainly a touring and live-performance act in the U.S. and Europe. The Hackensaw Boys have recorded and released five full-length albums and three EPs in that time. They have performed at prominent U.S. festivals including All Good Music Festival,[2] Bonnaroo,[3][4] Telluride,[5] andFloydFest. They have also performed at various festivals in Europe, including Bergenfest in Norway and The Open House Festival in Belfast.[6]

The Hackensaw Boys were founded in the Fall of 1999[7] by Rob Bullington, Tom Peloso, David Sickmen, and Robert “Bobby” St. Ours who were all living in Charlottesville, Virginia at the time.

Prior to forming Hackensaws, Sickmen and Bullington met in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the early 1990s. At the time, Bullington was playing in a band called Fried Moose.[8][9] Bobby St. Ours, along with brothers Phillip and Johnny, played in the Harrisonburg-based Route 11 Boys with Ketch Secor and Chris “Critter” Fuqua. Peloso formed a band with some friends in the same decade called Chigger, in which he played the doghouse bass and was the lead singer. Sickmen played in a band called Pieboy with future Hackensaw Boy, Ward Harrison. Fuqua and Secor would go on to found Old Crow Medicine Show in 1998. All had performed as young musicians on the open mic stage at the Little Grill diner in Harrisonburg, as well.[10] The Little Grill stage was also graced by future Hackensaw Boys, Ferd Moyse (no relation to Fried Moose), and Shawn Galbraith in 2004. At that time, the two were performing and touring with old-time string band outfit, The Blooms, from Black Mountain, NC, along with Jeremy Odom (guitar, vocals) and Emily Moberg (fiddle, bass).

The Hackensaw Boys formed in August 1999, when Sickmen, Bullington, Peloso, and St. Ours met at Miller’s restaurant in Charlottesville to watch Fuqua perform with the recently formed OCMS. Sickmen and Peloso had previously been talking about other possible music projects.[11] The four decided at that time to form a new group that would become known as The Hackensaw Boys.[11] They would develop their sound busking on the streets of Virginia.[7]

“Actually, at one point, I didn’t have a bass, and so Dave [Sickmen] had a ‘63 Buick Wildcat that he traded for a standup bass.”[12]

[edit]”The Dirty Bird”

In the Fall of 2000, an enlarged group of twelve musicians departed from Virginia in a 1964 GMC motorcoach,[7] nicknamed “The Dirty Bird”, on the six-week Get Some Tour of “theaters, bars, street corners and alleys.”[13] The bus had been given to the group by Charlottesville developer Oliver Kuttner, together with a second one dubbed “Ramblin’ Fever,” which went to Mark S. Hahn, then owner of the Blue Moon Diner.[14] Hahn briefly served as manager for the group.[15] The Dirty Bird currently lives in Charlottesville with Christian Breeden.


“We’d been around the country once on our own and then Cake picked us up for a tour after we opened up for them. And then that sort of spawned them picking us up for that package tour . . it sort of thrust us into the world of big arena touring. So we were like, ‘This is easy! We can do this.’ And then it’s not always like that. Before that, and even since then, we play a lot of small-scale, half-attended bars in random cities all over the countries and so did all those bands.”[15]

Rob Bullington

The group took part in the Unlimited Sunshine Tour the first two years. The 2002 tour included headliner CakeDe La SoulThe Flaming LipsModest Mouse, and Kinky. In addition to Cake, the 2003 tour featured Cheap Trick, “garage rockers” The Detroit Cobras, and “country legend” Charlie Louvinof the Louvin Brothers. In 2003 they served as Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin’s backing band on one of his last nationwide tours.[13] They opened for Modest Mouse twice (a group founding member Tom Peloso eventually joined). The group continued to gain “a following as it traveled.” It has performed with such major acts as CrackerCamper Van Beethoven, and Railroad Earth. A tour in Europe featured events inBelgium and the Netherlands.[7] Overseas they have performed in such cities as AntwerpAmsterdam (Paradiso), LondonDublinBrussels,[16] andUtrecht. In the U.S. they have played venues in major music towns like Seattle, Asheville, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Knoxville, New York, Portland, Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The tours included appearances at the Bonnaroo Music Festival (2003 and 2004),[3][4] Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado (2003),[5] All Good Music Festival (2004 and 2006),[2] FloydFest in Virginia (2003), and Pickathon in Oregon. Appearances at European music festivals includePukkelpop in Belgium (2005) and Bergenfest in Norway (2007 and 2008).[6]

A European tour Summer of 2012 includes: Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, and the Czech Republic.[17]


They came up with nicknames for each other because it seemed all of the old country and blues performers had them. This became a big part of their act. Original members included Robert “Mahlon” Bullington (1999–2011), Thomas “Pee Paw” Peloso (1999–2004), David “Shiner” Sickmen (1999–2005; rejoined 2012), and Robert “Uncle Blind Bobby” St. Ours (1999–2003). Phillip “Jigsaw” St. Ours played washboard in both Hackensaw and Old Crow early on (1999–2001), and then for Hackensaw in (2008). Other early members included Jesse “Baby J.” Fiske (1999–2011), Phil “Slate Hill Phil” Gianniny (1999–2001; d. 2006),[18][19] and Jimmy “Kooky-Eyed Fox” Stelling (1999–2007). Others to join the ever-evolving group have included Chris “Sawzall” Johnson (1999–2001), Justin “Salvage” Neuhardt (1999–2010), David “Bellows Lugusi” Goldstein (1999–2004), Charlie “C.B.” Bell (1999–2004), and Shawn “Plantain” Galbraith (2007–2012). Ferd “Four” Moyse joined in 2004, Ward “Cousin Spits” Harrison in 2006, Brian “Nugget” Gorby in 2010, and Ben “JuJu” Jacobs in 2012. Additional contributions came from William “Bear” Gage in 1999 and Drew “Pokey” LaFarge in 2006.[20]

[edit]Band name

The Hackensaw Boys derived their name “from the actions you perform on a mandolin (hack) and a fiddle (saw).”[21] Says Bullington “it was one of those jokes that sort of sticks . . and after about a week and you’ve played six or seven shows during the course of that week, you have no choice but to keep the name.”[12]

Ferd Lionel "Four" Moyse, IV on fiddle and David Sickmen on guitar at New World Brewery, Ybor City, Tampa, Florida on January 26, 2012.


The first two Hackensaw Boys albums were released by the Valley Entertainment label: Get Some in 2000 and Keep It Simple in 2002.

“Our guitar player wrote ‘Keep It Simple’; there’s been some times where things seem to get so complicated with this whole thing. He wrote this song and played it over the phone, left a message, kinda sayin’, ‘Let’s not forget where we came from, let’s remember to keep it simple and not let things get away from us.’”[11]
—Tom Peloso

Keep It Simple, is packed with vigorous, pitchy bursts” notes Amanda Petrusich in her Pitchfork review, noting the album “doesn’t perfectly reflect the band’s fast-and-fierce live show . .

“. . but it offers a solid glimpse of their proclivity for catchy melodies, classic harmonizing, and stringy noodling. Somehow, the band infuses their grassy tornado with brazen punk attitude and catchy pop structure, while simultaneously remaining vehemently sincere; tracks like “Dance Around” feature prototypically bluegrassian lyrics (“Dancin’ with the girls/ That’s a mighty fine thing/ You ain’t gotta buy no wedding ring”) without mocking the traditions from which they came.[22]

Get Some was recorded by Rhoderick Cole in his Charlottesville mansion. Keep It Simple was recorded in Sickmen’s apartment in Charlottesville’s Linen Building, also by Cole who did the sound engineering on both recordings. Give It Back, released in 2004, was self-produced.

The group signed with the music label Nettwerk for the 2005 release of “Love What You Do”. Their second release for Nettwerk Records, Look Out! in 2007, was a “celebratory but defiant sound culled from old-time mountains, backstage doorways and punishing drives through the evolving American landscape” according to Isthmus/The Daily Page.

“In many ways (Look Out!) is a return to classic Hackensaw form, the punk-amped, old time foot-stompers and ragged harmonies that gained the band its reputation in the live setting when it formed seven years ago. One of the best additions is fiddler Ferd Moyse, who tears through the opening ‘Look Out Dog, Slow Down Train!’ with blazing fury.”

Another reviewer concurred, stating the album “is the Boys at their best, a perfect medium between their raw early years and the more polished sound of their previous release.”[23]Bullington states Look Out! “was definitely an attempt to capture sonically and as beautifully as possible, the sound of the Hackensaws onstage.” The group went into the studio “with the defined intention of . . trying to capture the live performance as best as we possibly could. And I think we totally succeeded in doing that.”[15] The album “got to No. 6 on the Americana music charts” and “contained nine originals including a couple from the sometimes Modest Mouse, sometimes Hackensaw Tom Peloso.”[24]

Following the release of Love What You Do and Look Out!, The Hackensaws departed from Nettwerk Records to release two independently produced six-song EPsThe Old Sound of Music, Vol. 1 and The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 2 These two collections are “recommended for anyone who feels that time, popularity and (maybe) Don Was has watered down Old Crow Medicine Show, The Hackensaw Boys bring the Appalachian string band roots with punk rock flowers hard and raw.”[25] The albums resulted from recording sessions held at the Sound of Music studios in Richmond, Virginia. They were mastered by Grammy award winner Charlie Pilzer. As with Look Out! in 2007, all songs were engineered by Bryan Hoffa, archival audio restoration specialist at the Library of Congress. The titles, bestowed by Ferd Lionel Moyse IV were inspired by the fact that these were the last two recording projects to come out of the old Sound Of Music facility, which has recently moved to a new building in Richmond. The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 1 and The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 2 are available for sale at live Hackensaw Boys shows, in select record stores, and can be purchased and downloaded in digital form from The Hackensaw Boys[26] official website.


Brian Gorby on charismo with The Hackensaw Boys, Legacy Credit Union Stage--Birmingham, Alabama June 15, 2008.

A distinctive aspect of the Hackensaw live-performance experience is the percussion instrument known as a “charismo”. Invented and played by Justin “Salvage” Neuhardt, who also performs on spoons and the musical saw, it is described as “a home-made tin can contraption.”[13] Calvin James Pynn of The Tartan (Radford University) notes, “Neuhardt’s charismo” is the “most notable” of their instruments:

“. . a homemade percussion instrument made from tin cans, license plates, a hubcap, and book bag straps, and then mercilessly beat with wire-brush sticks. While old-time music is generally marked by its strict absence of percussion, the charismo has an almost symbolic presence in The Hackensaw Boys’ music and live shows, and is an irreplaceable aspect of their sound.”[27]

In an interview with Scott Simon of N.P.R. Neuhardt himself explains how it came to be:

“Q: Salvage . . now you say you play a pile of junk? A: That’s right. Q: We’re looking at your instrument now has . . like, half a dozen tin cans, a punctured aerosol can . . A: A coconut milk can, tea can, breath mints, bike bells . . Q: Hubcap is that? A: Hubcap, yep, found on the border of Colorado. Most of it has just come from where ever we’ve been, and various recycling centers around the United States. Q: So you keep adding to your instrument? A: Well, I, uh, usually just make ’em and break ’em, and then make a new one. It’s kind of ever-evolving, sort of ever-changing.”[12]

According to photographer Ryan Romero, who saw Neuhardt play his contraption on the streets of Los Angeles, it is an “incredible homemade multi-percussion objet d’art slung across his chest made up of upside down cans tied together with rusted wire.”[28] Romero reported in 2010 that:

“He’s made 76 of these beauty’s so far. He’s exhibited them in galleries and sold ‘em in music shops.”[28]

Neuhardt can be seen playing his charismo in this video: “Live your life – Brock & the Brockettes & the Hackensaw Boys.”

[edit]Musical style

“When we typically do our shows, there’s the raucous and the wild show and then we hop off the microphones and do acoustic songs. That is the testing ground for the new material. There’s not as much pressure under the microphones and the lights. That is where we sneak stuff in. . . it’s one of our favorite times of the show . . If you don’t have a porch, we bring the porch to you.”[24]

Ward Harrison
“Like the name dictates, the Hacksensaw Boys are all about finger picking banjos, fiddles and baritone harmonies run through the punk rock blue grass ringer. They are as likely to hit home with hippies as rockabillies, or anyone who wants to raise a glass and stomp a hole through the ole wooden dance floor.”[29]
HerohillReview of Look Out!

“I don’t get that fired up that many other times in my life like when we play our songs. It’s remarkable how it can transform you that way, especially when you see old people get up and shuffle around dance style. I’ve seen some people make fools of themselves in a most delightful way. We play at ridiculous tempos, screaming and hollering, seemingly doing musically questionable, possibly atrocious things by pop culture standards, but if you’re there and involved with it there’s raw excitement. You can’t package that.”[30]

Jesse Fiske

As founder Bullington puts it “we can play an old folks home in the afternoon and then play for a bunch of punk rockers, or whoever else might still be up and ready for a good time, or some music at midnight. They all seem to enjoy it equally.”[15] Fellow founder Sickmen claims “the original intent of the band . . was to bring old-time Appalachian country punk rock.”[31] Band member Jesse “Baby J.” Fiske questions the importance of assigning a specific style: “We’re not really an old-time band either. As long as we speak to someone, it doesn’t really matter what the genre is.”[7] The group largely performs original material, with a traditional feel. As Shawn Galbraith, banjo player, puts it: “We play original material provided by different members of the band. There are some traditional elements to our sound for sure, but we always try to maintain some uniqueness.”[32] “I don’t think many people would call us a traditional oldtime band,” states Sickmen: “I’d say our songs are about ninety percent originals. Then we have some old-time songs we play in our own way.”[31]

“As always, the band has been touring across the country like a pack of mad dogs, delivering the old-time, front-porch sounds of the Blue Ridge Mountains through a filter of punk angst.”[33]
—Jedd Ferris, The Daily Progress

[edit]Awards, honors, distinctions



Hey folks,

We are trying to expand our reach this year and do some real damage on the war against pollution in the Shenandoah River Watershed. I am seeking a few talented individuals who would want to take on the part of coordinating and executing river cleans in their neck of the woods. For more info please send an e-mail to There are many perks to this job including free passes to all of earthkorps concert series events so don’t be shy. If you have a few hours a week or a month that you would like to dedicate to your community and the environment just shoot us an e-mail and we’ll get you started. Thanks!


Set Times Posted!!

Hey folks,

How is life treating you? Well it’s been doing just fine to us. We have been knee deep in Bluegrass preparing to bring you the best show yet! We have just released the set times for the 2013 Festival and they can be sen at on the home page near the bottom. Also our Early Bird ticket sales stop this Sunday the 7th! I would go ahead and get yours while they are still at the discounted rate. Things are looking great for this year and we can’t to see all your smiling faces there and enjoy the family fun, music and new accommodations that Watermelon Park was nice enough to have put in before our event. See you in the crowd!


Hey all,

I just wanted to give you a quick run down of another one of our award winning bands that will be attending the Shenandoah Riverside Festival this year. They are the legendary Lonesome River Band. Here is a quick bio on them, which I am going to borrow from the internet and also a link to one of their great songs on Youtube. Remember that our early bird tickets are for sale right now at and also remember that all of the proceeds from this event to towards the continued removal of physical pollution from the beautiful Shenandoah River so f you cannot make it, but want to be a part of this cause you can always buy a ticket anyway or go to and donate!!


The Lonesome River Band is an American contemporary bluegrass band. The band has released 15 recording projects since its formation 1982. The band has experienced numerous personnel changes over the years, and has not included an original member since Tim Austin left the band in 1995 to focus on Doobie Shea Studios.

Recently, band member Sammy Shelor was the recipient of Steve Martin‘s excellence in bluegrass and banjo award. Shelor was presented with the award on the Late Show with David Letterman. Following the presentation of the award, Steve Martin performed with the Lonesome River Band. For more info go to

Check out this link for a great song!


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