Mahlon (Robert) of The Hackensaw Boys plays the mandolin, guitar and banjo and is a native of Hagerstown, MD where he grew up studious and a little overly absorbed in books. Upon his move to Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1991, Mahlon began playing electric guitar with alt-country groovers Fried Moose. After falling from a barn roof in Chuchville, VA, banging his head against the walls of the District of Columbia, and recklessly engaging in graduate activity at the University of Virginia, he developed a keen awareness of his own inherent clumsiness. Rather than dwell on the negative, however, Mahlon chose to see the bright side of things and forsook the amplifiers and stratocasters of his youth to take up the mandolin and music bequeathed him by his great uncle a founding member of the Roanoke Jug Band (1927-30). Consistently voted most reasonable of the Hackensaws, Mahlon currently divides his time between Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia.