Henhouse Prowlers have released the title cut from their album Lead and Iron
Chicago based band Henhouse Prowlers have released their second single and title cut from their album Lead and Iron (September).
The Bluegrass Situation premiered their music video (see below) on Wednesday morning. The song was written by the band’s mandolinist, Jake Howard, who also sings the lead.
Fans can stream or purchase Lead and Iron here.
I wrote this song from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child in a school shooting. I found myself thinking about the quote that no parent should have to bury their child. That quote always hit me hard and I couldn’t imagine the pain of losing a child, especially from a school shooting, a place meant for peace and learning. I wrote this one at the end of last summer, I wonder if it was a way for myself to mentally preparing for the next school year and the potential of another deadly shooting (the potential which seems to come true every year) – Jake Howard.
The band also features Ben Wright on cello banjo, Chris Dollar on guitar/vocal, and Jon Goldfine on bass/vocal.
It’s hard to write and perform music about real tragedy without it sounding trite or patronizing. I’m very proud of the Henhouse Prowlers for tackling such a heavy subject with class and humility, and really digging deep with a compelling track. I sincerely hope that this release sparks conversations that can lead to meaningful change – Stephen Mougin. producer.
I realized what this song was about halfway through listening to it on a rough demo Jake sent us in October last year and it immediately gave me chills. There’s something about the perspective of it all that continues to rock me when we are rehearsing it. That line about ‘first words spoken and tying shoes’ hits hard – Ben Wright,
For more information on Henhouse Prowlers and tour dates, please visit their website.
About Henhouse Prowlers:
Founded 17 years ago with the simple desire to play original and powerful bluegrass, this quartet now finds themselves at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education. On stage, the group’s enthralling performances give audiences a sense of how much they love what they do. On record – including their 2021 release and ninth full length album, The Departure – the band explores their collective life experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band bends and squeezes the traditional form into a sound all their own.
Working with the U.S. State Department and under their own nonprofit, Bluegrass Ambassadors, the Prowlers have toured over 25 countries across the globe. The group’s experiences with people and musicians across Africa, Asia, Europe, and The Middle East have shaped the band’s world view and broadened the group’s direction towards bridging cultural gaps with music, educational programs and workshops. Using traditional American music as a foundation, connecting folk music and cultures the world over, the Prowlers incorporate international elements into their already robust repertoire of unique traditional American music.
Whether performing live or presenting workshops, and wherever they are, the Henhouse Prowlers find and spread the commonality we share as human beings through the universal language of music. You can feel it at every show.
About Dark Shadow Recording:
Dark Shadow Recordingis a full-service studio and record label led by award-winning Stephen Mougin, located on a hilltop that surveys Music City’s electric skyline. The label produces and turns out music from some the industry’s most promising artists in the Bluegrass, Americana, Country, and Folk genres – Becky Buller, Rick Faris, Stillhouse Junkies, Laura Orshaw, Henhouse Prowlers, Full Cord, Rick Lang, Jana and Stephen Mougin.