When great musicians with a great attitude get together to play, a great sounding product is the natural result. These guys have each played with some of the most well-traveled, top-billed bluegrass groups in the Midwest and are always grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with each other.
Former guitarist and vocalist for Chicago’s well known "Henhouse Prowlers", Aaron Dorfman has traveled the world playing guitar; from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan, Ireland to Pakistan and a whole host of incredible places in between. With a flatpicking style strongly inspired by Bryan Sutton, David Grier and Doc Watson alike, Dorfman strives to inject as much energy as possible into the music he creates, writes and performs.
Recently off tour with one of the Midwest's most well known and successful Bluegrass jam bands, "Cornmeal", Phil Roach plays traditional old time music and is a seasoned classical violinist as well. Also a former member of the popular "Giving Tree Band", Roach has toured and performed all over the US for tens of thousands of people.
With an unmistakable progressive three finger banjo style, Pete Smith sets the bar high for all Chicago banjo players. A central figure in many Chicago-based groups including "Growler", "Leadfoot", "The Grateful String Band", as well as a frequent sideman for Jim Peterik, Pete Smith's talent and creativity knows no bounds.
An eclectic bassist who performs with a wide variety of ensembles ranging from Old-time music to Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Country, and Latin Folk music, Eli Broxham graduated from DePaul University in 2016 with a degree in Classical Bass Performance. Lauded by his peers for his fearless attitude about improvisation, Broxham leaves a distinguishable mark on each group he performs with.
"I'd never heard of Whitney Houston until I saw 'Bluegrassify'... thanks for the great pickin', boys! Yee-haw!!"
- Uncle Jedd