Henhouse Prowlers, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
In the 14 years since the Henhouse Prowlers inception, the band has forged its own path through
bluegrass music and across the globe. On stage, the group's enthralling performances give audiences
a sense how much they love what they do; while on record, the band manages to explore their
collective life-experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the
undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional
form into a sound all their own. With over 175 shows a year, the quartet has managed to tour more
than 25 countries, often going to places traditional American music has never been. Tours in Siberia or
the Middle East are not uncommon since the Prowlers started working as cultural ambassadors with
the US State Department in 2013. These global experiences have pushed the band in new directions
musically, with songs from Africa and Asia on several albums, but they have also moved the group to
start a new educational outreach program for both school children and festival-goers alike. Bluegrass
Ambassadors is the Henhouse Prowlers new non-profit organization that uses traditional American
music as a foundation to talk about folk music and culture's all over the world. The Henhouse Prowlers
released two albums in 2017, including "Live from Kyrgyzstan" in March and the brand new studio
album "Separation Man" in November. This year holds two European tours for the band and even
more untold adventures as the Prowlers continue to bring their own blend of bluegrass and world
music to hearts unknown.
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Now these boy will take you through the hills of ol’ Kentucky, bearing the stores, traditions and liquor that date back a century. This old-time band delivers with an intensity that would knock the sock’s right off of their forefathers feet.
Hailing from the back woods of Pewee Valley, Kentucky. Whiskey Bent Valley pay’s homage to their southern kin.Songs from the tobacco fields to the rivers, iron skillets to moonshine stills, upbeat and professional, this band posesses the skill to honor history and preserve the instruments, their style and every authentic nuance of the day. With their sense of fashion, From overalls to string ties, straw hats to silk vests, along with a turbo charged performance, their approach breathes fire into this vintage genre.
Incorporating time honored treasures from such icons as Roscoe Holcomb, The Stanley Brothers, and fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell, or a roster of original compositions including crowd-pleasers “Graveyard Blues” or “Shady River” the band puts on a timeless, energiezed show, Playing everything from ballads, breakdowns, sea shanties, and swamp stomps. Audiences from children on their parent’s knee to packed saloons past midnight ,and finding favor with the older generation as well makes for a wide range of appeal.
The boys take cues from parents and grandparents who have tapped into folk country and bluegrass through festivals, radio and endless collections of vinyl recrodings. Band founder Col. Mason Dixon hails from a long line of musicians and will tell you it’s not so much in the whiskey as it is the DNA. Each member’s family performs and enjoys the indigenous music of the appalachian foothills and pastures of Kentucky.
Appearances on a wide range of radio and tv programs, state fairs ,square dance’s and festivals have brought them an active fan base for this region. Often times the boy’s bring a delicious yield of their summer crops to gigs in bushel baskets for the taking. Going even more down to earth, they are making their cd packaging “green.” All of their records are made from industrial hemp paper and recycled cardboard with environmentally-friendly, vegetable-based inks.
No matter whats chillin’ in your mason jar, sour mash or sweet tea, come on out for a live show where the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys will be pounding out the swing dancing, foot stompin, hard driving tunes that are guaranteed to tickle your innards.