All three nights of our New Year’s run at Martyrs are going to rock and Jan 1st is no exception.  Read about one of our founding members below and get the full package here (saving you $7 AND including a free signed poster) OR buy tix for the individual shows here!

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To this day Ryan Hinshaw is still part of the HHP team.  Back in the early days it was not uncommon to look up into the rearview mirror and see him dutifully studying tort law in the back seat of the van.  Ryan helped the band become a full fledged business through his legal expertise and has never stopped keeping us organized by balancing our books and giving sound advice.

When he wasn’t studying, Ryan was on stage belting out ballads and tearing it up on the fiddle.  He is truly a force and talent to be reckoned with.  Check out this video of him owning the Beatles classic Helter Skelter. We may just play this tune again on the first….

Currently Ryan Hinshaw (Esquire) is an associate at Norvell IP llc, where he manages a global portfolio of intellectual property for some of the world’s best-known brands.  He’s married to his beautiful wife Hadley (who we met at a early show of the bands) and has three boisterous boys, Liam (4), Owen (2) and Theo (9 months).   Despite all of those things that surely keep him busy, Ryan still manages to play music on a regular basis with his band the Bourbon Aristocracy.

We’ve already had a chance to rehearse with Ryan and the pieces fell into place beautifully.  Don’t
miss him with us on Friday!

Big changes are on their way to the Henhouse Prowlers in the coming months and we wanted to share it with all of you. All of this comes with some mixed emotions, of course. Our stalwart friend and collaborator, Dan Andree, is leaving, and we’ve invited the incredible dobroist Todd Livingston to become a new member on the team. Please read below for individual member thoughts:

Words from Ben
Jon and I have been so lucky with this band. It’s crazy. We’ve had a bevy of amazing players over the last 12 years and they’ve all helped shape our sound and stage presence. Dan Andree is his own beast, however. The things we’ve learned from him and shared with him are now indelible parts of the Prowlers. Besides, we all know the power of his fiddle and voice is staggering. Still, with all of that comes something else that’s harder to put a finger on. When you see the sights we’ve been lucky enough to see (The Sahara Desert, Ural Mountains and Congo River) and share the experiences we’ve been lucky enough to live (play music with Russian, African, American and European musicians), you form a bond. It’s truly bittersweet to see a guy you consider your brother move on, but you have to respect it. As with all ex-Prowlers, this isn’t the last time you’ll see Dan on stage with us, and we all know that it most certainly is not the last time you’ll see Dan Andree in the spotlight. Please join us in celebrating Dan over the next month, as well as wishing him luck in his future adventures, of which there surely will be many.

Also, it bears mentioning that we’ve felt extremely connected to Dan’s family and we will not forget the help and love they’ve given us over the last four years. Good people, good friends, good times.

As we continue our amazing adventures, we are thrilled to introduce Todd Livingston (dobro) to the band. Those of you that have seen us over the last three months surely noticed a red haired monster on the resonator guitar sharing the stage with us. We first met Todd many years ago at IBMA and both Jon and I expressly remember thinking that we’d love to have a musician of his caliber in our band one day. That day has come (it’s still hard to believe) and we’re excited to make it official. Todd already brings a force to the stage that gets us fired up and his passion for being part of the team is contagious. We can’t wait to see the growth his talents and strengths will bring to the band. Welcome aboard, buddy.

Words from Dan
Friends Near and Far,
After a life-altering 4 year tenure with the Henhouse Prowlers, I have made the decision to move on from the band. My time with the Prowlers has taken us to Russia, 5 countries in Europe, 10 countries in Africa, and all over the United States. I will forever be transformed and deeply moved by these experiences and eternally grateful for those who put me here.

Thank you to Ben Wright and Jon Goldfine for being the example to aspiring musicians everywhere of how to build and sustain a business out of your love, and for inviting me to play a part. Thank you to Vanessa Robinson, Max Knoedelseder, Starr Moss, and Grant Ziolkowski—the co-workers and friends of a lifetime. To all the past members of this band that helped to grow and shape it into what it is today, thank you for lending each of your personal stones to the foundation on which we all now stand. To Aaron Dorfman and Todd Livingston, I wish you even greater heights and many happy returns as you carry on the good fight. And to the friends and now family that have taken me as kin along the past few years, I am honored to have been welcomed and accepted by all of you and will continue to be overwhelmed by your love. I will be seeing you all again down the interweaving paths of our lives, you can count on that. “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

PS – My final shows with the band will be three nights at Martyrs’ in Chicago for New Year’s Eve, Eve/Eve, and Day (12/30, 12/31, & 1/1). Come out and let’s party!

Words from Todd
Herb Brooks, the infamous “Miracle On Ice” head coach of the 1980 gold medal winning hockey team, once said, “Great things happen because of great opportunities.” I’ve made my living the last 10 years playing as a side musician. I’ve played all sorts of gigs within many different musical styles, but always using the dobro as my creative voice. I had been aware of the Prowlers for some time and was a fan of their playing, singing and writing. Upon Ben reaching out to me, I had this feeling in my gut that it was time to be part of something bigger and in more of a “team” type role. I can’t begin to express the excitement I have about joining the Henhouse team! Hopefully my excitement will show in my playing!

Can you believe it?   We’re supporting Yonder on their fall tour in the midwest and the east coast!  The only show we’ll be missing is Boston (we’ll be in Denver that night at Buckles, Boots and Bluegrass) so make sure you get out and get down with us!  It’s a HUGE honor and we can’t wait.

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Fans and Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that we announce our dear friend and guitarist, Starr Moss, will be leaving the band in August to attend grad school in Madison. While we couldn’t be happier for his growth and career choice, we will miss him as both an outstanding guitarist and a great friend.

We’ve spent almost four years with Starr on the road and he’s helped shape the band with his powerful musicality and his gentle and kind presence. In that time we’ve recorded three albums, been all over the world, played hundreds of shows and met thousands of people. These are the kinds of memories and experiences you never forget and Starr will ALWAYS be welcome on our stage.

There will be several chances to catch Starr with us before his departure at the end of August, including his last shows on August 16th at the Irish American Heritage Festival in Milwaukee and the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest in Chicago. These shows are not to be missed as we will both be bidding Starr farewell, and welcoming our new guitarist on stage to begin the next era. Please come out and celebrate a great man, musician and friend with us.

A message from Starr

Dear Friends and Fans-

A few weeks from now will be my last show with the Henhouse Prowlers.  I will be moving on to pursue a graduate degree at UW-Madison.  This was not an easy decision to make, considering what an unbelievable ride this has been!  Joining this band three and a half years ago, I would never have dreamed of going to the places we’ve gotten to visit.  Words can’t describe how grateful I am for these experiences.

I can’t think of a better group of people to have shared these experiences with.  It’s been a blast traveling and making music with these guys and these friendships go beyond music.  I wish them the absolute best and I’m excited to see where their travels will take them next.

To all the amazing people I’ve gotten to meet along the way- thanks for your support and friendship, and I hope to see you all again soon!

*Photo Credit J. Scott Shrader Photography

We are taking off across the sea for a month in Africa with the US State Department, American Voices, and American Music Abroad! Follow along with us on a Google Earth Virtual Tour…

1. Download the Google Earth Plugin HERE

2. With Firefox or Internet Explorer (It won’t work on Chrome or Safari [ironically]), start the tour HERE

3. If you’re saying to yourself right now…I didn’t come here to be put to work with all this clicking…..enjoy the homemade video tour narrated by our very own Ben Wright below.

We have got a lot of wheels in motion here at Henhouse Prowlers headquarters, guys and gals! After putting down 13 original tracks for an exciting album to be released this year, it’s about time we get back on that horse and ride.

First up is a shotgun tour through Colorado, the West Coast, and many points between. As always, our full schedule can be found on our calendar HERE

Then, just after the pending nuptials of our bass man Jon, we’ll cut his honeymoon short with a two week trip to Russia through the U.S. State Department!  We will be sure to post many updates and pictures in real time, so if you don’t already follow us on Facebook, you can do so HERE

And to bring it all back home (literally), just two days after we get back from Ural Mountains, we will be back at Martyrs’ on April 24th!  The event info can be found HERE

Wherever you are in the world, we hope to catch up soon! It certainly is nice to start thinking about Spring a’comin!