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Yahoo! Live – Recordings From House Of Blues – Chicago

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Check out theses live recordings from our past show at the Chicago House of Blues show provided by Yahoo Live!

We had such a great time with all of you during this show and it was great to stream it on Yahoo Live! so that many could tune in from their couch! With the fall tour ending, we can’t help but reminisce on the great times we had with you who joined us throughout the tour! Next stop…Strings and Sols followed by our amazing 4 night run at the Boulder Theater, featuring Special Guests, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Stanley Jordan! We hope to see you at one of our last shows of 2015 and don’t forget about our Winter 2016 tour dates starting January 22nd, 2016!

I’M LOST – LIVE FROM HOUSE OF BLUES

INSULT AND AN ELBOW – LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES

LOVE BEFORE YOU CAN’T – LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES

DRAWING A MELODY – LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES

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Henhouse Prowlers Joins Us For Our Fall Tour

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We had a two great nights at Railroad Earth’s Halloween Hangtown Ball to kick off our Fall Tour and we’re just getting started! We are excited to have the ever-talented and accomplished Henhouse Prowlers joining us for the rest of the upcoming Fall Tour.

If you have heard of them before, then you already know this is arguably the best “two-for-one” show with a line-up filled to the brim with talent. For those of you who aren’t familiar, let us fill you in on why you’ll want to come early to our upcoming shows!

Henhouse Prowlers is composed of:

Ben Wright – Banjo and founder of Henhouse Prowlers

Dan Andree – Violin

Jon Goldfine – Bass Player/Vocalist and founder of Henhouse Prowlers

Aaron Dorfman – Guitarist

Todd Livingston – Dobro

Learn more about the band

“After 11 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.”

– Reverb Nation

Henhouse Prowlers – The Bluegrass Ambassadors of the U.S.

Also, besides being incredible talented and providing a great live show, HenHouse Prowlers have done some International travels on behalf of the our great nation! Since 2014 the Henhouse Prowlers have been working closely with the US State Department as ‘Bluegrass Ambassadors’.  The band has been to 11 countries so far and there are more on the horizon.  Three of the tours included 10 countries in both East and West Africa, as well as a two week stint in Russia in May of this year.  These excursions include performances and collaborations with local musicians as well as workshops on subjects ranging from the history of bluegrass, instruction on individual instrument and running a band as a business.

A Ben Wright recounts their travels to Africa, “A two week stint in Nigeria ended up with the band performing the African mega hit “Chop My Money” with Peter Okoye of P-Square.  Peter and his brother Paul are without question the biggest stars on the continent and it goes without saying that sharing the stage one of them was a mind-blowing experience.”   Check out the video below and article from pri.org:

This incredible video of Henhouse Prowlers playing for a group of Ugandan musicians who lose it once they realize that HenHouse were singing their song in the Ugandan language!

 For more on the band check out their website

Come see us on our Fall Tour – details here

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Enjoy This Grateful Dead Cover of “Shakedown Street”

 

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This past May, our friends at Jambase celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, by teaming up with Telefunken to produce the Songs Of Their Own video series. They began with a list of 100 Grateful Dead original songs (exclusively their tunes, not covers they often played) and tapped many of their favorite artists to record a cover version either at the JamBase office in San Francisco or at one of the many venues around town and beyond. No song was allowed to be covered twice, and we were honored when they asked Yonder Mountain String Band to cover “Shakedown Street”.

As Ben Kaufmann said, “Lets play a song, that everyone can like, whether you are 2 or maybe even as old as 26, may even as old as Jake Jolliff. Lets play a song called “Shakedown Street.”

Well…what do you think folks? Did they pass the audition?

In the next couple of months we will be asking our Kinfolk what covers they would like to see this Fall Tour. We invite you to take part in this conversation and much more by signing up for our exclusive emails.

So turn this one up, sip on your Sunday morning cup of joe, and let these vibes take you to another place and time on this beautiful Fall day.

Check out our new website…

We are all excited to be showing off our new cyber home to you.  There are a few new bells and whistles in addition to our standard fare.

~ You can find our very own message board complete with a Band Blog (and yes, there are already posts there) in the Community section.

~ There are some links that we all recommend you check out under the Community section.

~ We have a more organized new photo archive section and set list archive.

~ You’ll also find a fancy new audio player filled with some live and studio tunes that we will keep updating every month.

~In the store, be sure to check out the great sales happening to celebrate the big news!

ENJOY!!!  ~YMSB