About the Henhouse Prowlers
Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.
Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.
The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa, as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.
The Prowlers in School
While not on stage performing or on the road touring, the Henhouse Prowlers have long been avid instructors on their respective instruments in the Chicago area. Recently, the Prowlers have found a way to simultaneously merge these two key components of their careers as musicians.
In April 2011, the quartet debuted its comprehensive bluegrass curriculum to elementary and intermediate schools throughout Evanston, Illinois. Through four weeks of hour-length assemblies and performances in the schools, they perfected their group instruction of the basics of bluegrass and the importance of this music in American cultural history.
The presentation introduces basic concepts of music theory, the Americana approach to telling stories through songs, and the history of bluegrass as a narrative of different cultures sharing and evolving in the southeastern United States. Each assembly is very interactive, inviting the students to sing along and ask questions as they arise. The Prowlers have taken their presentation on the road to schools in upstate New York and North Carolina. Their dynamic blend of music education, bluegrass performance and the ability to share their passion for the profession with the next generation is a perfect daytime supplement in the classroom to their cross-country evening performance schedule. If your school or music department is interested in this opportunity, please contact the band for references and availability.