Chicago, IL -- Henhouse Prowlers are proud to announce the release of their 4th studio album, Breaking Ground, an anticipated follow up to the critically applauded 2011 release Verses, Chapters and Rhymes. As the title track might suggest, Henhouse Prowlers continue Breaking Ground on a bluegrass journey that started in their Chicago home over 10 years ago. Over the years, Henhouse Prowlers have never wavered in determination and drive, gaining a reputation for highly original, tradition-inspired bluegrass built on a strong foundation of intricate harmonies and electrifying stage energy.
Breaking Ground was produced by Grammy nominated musician Greg Cahill of Special Consensus at IV Labs in Chicago. Greg also broke out his banjo, performing on Ravenswood Getaway and Rosebud Rounds the Yard. Other guests on the album include Josh Williams of Nashville (Tony Rice Unit, Travelin’ McCourys, Allison Krauss) on guitar, Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass) on dobro, and former Prowlers member and Grant Ziolkowski on mandolin. But what shines most is the obvious cohesion of a band that has perfected their skills over years of playing together on the road and at home. On Breaking Ground the band finds its sweet spot showcasing their strongest lineup yet. Founding members Ben Wright (banjo) and Jon Goldfine (bass) anchor the band with newer members Dan Andree (fiddle) and Starr Moss (guitar) rounding out the sound perfectly.
Henhouse Prowlers are true collaborators. Breaking Ground includes songs written by every member of the band with solos and vocals shared perfectly. The band also collaborates on original arrangements of 2 covers, the traditional "Pretty Polly" and a surprising take on "Ain’t Too Proud To Beg."
After eight years of hard work and a relentless tour schedule, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have gained a reputation for their highly original, tradition-inspired bluegrass built on a strong foundation of intricate harmonies and electrifying stage energy.
The Henhouse Prowlers use traditional bluegrass as a base, and make it their own by providing a show that’s danceable throughout with uptempo drive and bouncing mid-tempo grooves, all while covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire. Their reverence for the forefathers of bluegrass is palpable as they push the music forward on their own path.
The Prowlers wear the Bill Monroe mantle with spit and polish. They perform — and conduct media interviews — in suit-and-tie and work in a tightly choreographed, one-mic stage setting, which adds a dynamic dimension to their shows. Combining passion, confidence, and flair with instrumental and vocal prowess, the Prowlers deliver bluegrass with an edge.
The official album release party will be in Chicago, IL on August 24th at the Old Town School of Folk.