Chicago based band Henhouse Prowlers release their second single and title cut from their album Lead and Iron (September). The Bluegrass Situation premiered the accompanying MUSIC VIDEO on Wednesday morning. The song was written by the band's mandolinist, Jake Howard, who also sings the lead.
Jake shares: "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).”
The band is completed by Ben Wright on cello banjo, Chris Dollar on guitar/vocal, and Jon Goldfine on bass/vocal.
Producer Stephen Mougin shares: "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."
Ben Wright, one of the founders of Henhouse Prowlers, says: “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.”