Press

"The new Chicken Wire Empire record is a technically proficient, well-crafted mixture of modern original songwriting and time earned classics. They seem to have taken on some wonderfully exciting elements of modern progressive bluegrass while also retaining their original character, born of their greater Milwaukee town roots."

-Adam Greuel of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

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"Impressive musicianship and compelling narratives."

-Milwaukee Record 7/2019

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"This modern bluegrass band combines musical chops with skillful songwriting."

-Milwaukee Magazine 5/2019

"The band is a tight unit instrumentally with a lot of intertwined picking between members. The vocals and harmonies are strong, and they play with a high-energy blend of traditional and modern approaches to their music."

-Bluegrass Unlimited 5/2019

"Chicken Wire Empire... bridges traditional bluegrass with aggressive jam band tendencies."

-Isthmus 4/2019

"A local band ‘Chicken Wire Empire’ is releasing a song about Milwaukee."

-Fox 6 News 3/2019

Named one of "Five Wisconsin Bands to Watch in 2019"

-Journal Sentinel 3/2019

 

"Chicken Wire Empire Shakes Up the Boundaries of Bluegrass"

-Shepherd Express 3/2019

Nominated for a Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for Bluegrass/Americana Artist 2019

-Journal Sentinel 2/2019

 

Named in 57 "MILWAUKEE RELEASES (PROBABLY) COMING YOUR WAY IN 2019"

-Milwaukee Record 1/2019

 

"Between intriguing lyrics, rich harmonies, and excellent musicianship, Chicken Wire Empire climbs to even higher ground in its sophomore release." 

-Milwaukee Record 12/2018

Chicken Wire Empire original "Still in Love" 

-premiered by Bluegrass Situation 12/2018

Madison WI performance chosen as an Isthmus Picks

-Isthmus 12/2018

"What Moves Mountains," Chicken Wire Empire: Coming out the first day of 2019 — as if daring other artists to make a more spirited album this year — the progressive bluegrass band's latest is so infectious it had me hollering out loud by the time fiery finish "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" was blasting from my car speakers. 

- Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/2018