The Native Howl is a four-piece band. Their music is “Thrash Grass,” a blend of rock, bluegrass and experimental genres that give it a uniquely rustic and surprisingly heavy sound while their lyrics embody a folk-like, storytelling style.


Alex Holycross (Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals) had been briefly producing Jake Sawicki’s (Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica) solo project at C.A.D. Studios until they decided to join forces as The Native Howl in 2013. “The Revolution’s Dead” was recorded and released, and the duo started performing live and incubating the music that would soon form their 2015 release “Inukshuk”.

Soon after, long-time friend and C.A.D. Studios ally David Robinson joined on bass guitar, followed by Clean as Dirt drummer Josh Lemieux. The quartet performed in cities all over the Midwest.

In September 2015, upon David Robinson’s friendly departure from the group, Mark Chandler (formerly a metal and classical guitarist) was asked to step in on bass guitar. Chandler had studied classical music at Oakland University with Holycross, and had been playing shows in his band Ancient Chaos with Clean as Dirt (Holycross and Lemieux).

In March of 2016, “Thrash Grass” was released, redefining the band’s live image and musical intensity. The Howl continued to hone their performance abilities and compositional aptitude.


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Band Members

Alex Holycross
Pianist, Strings, Vocalist

Jacob Sawicki
Harmonicist, Strings, Vocalist

Josh Lemieux
Drummer, Vocalist

Mark Chandler
Bassist, Vocalist

Official Website

Record Label

Clean as Dirt Records


The Revolution’s Dead EP – 2013

Inukshuk – 2015

Leavin’ My Home Single – 2015

Thrash Grass – 2016

Award and Accomplishments

  • Top 10 on Bluegrass Billboard Chart for 8 weeks in 2017

  • #4 on Bluegrass Billboard Chart 2017

  • Nominee in both best Rock group and best Rock album for 2017 Detroit Music Awards

  • Blue Water Music Awards Album of the Year 2017

  • Blue Water Music Awards Best Import 2017

  • 700K views on YouTube Music Video for Thunderhead

Notable Performances of 2017

  • Fall 2017 United States of Thrash Grass Headlining Tour

  • Sioux Falls SD, Denver CO, Lincoln NE, St Louis MO, Lexington KY, Memphis TN, Tupelo MS, Ashville NC, Valdosta GA, New Orleans LA, Austin TX, Conway AR, Chicago IL

  • Arts, Beats and Eats Royal Oak, MI (400,000+ attendants)

  • Bridge Jam Festival Fayetteville, WV (2,000 attendants)

  • The Pecan Festival Florence, SC (50,000 attendants)

  • Stoned Meadow of Doom Festival Sioux Falls, SD (500 attendants)

  • Pickin’ in the Pasture Southern VT (500 attendants)

  • Nor’Easter Festival Headliner Mio, MI (1,000 attendants)

  • Dunesville Music Festival Headliner Lake Ann, MI (1,000 attendants)

  • Folk in the Woods Music Festival Headliner Jeddo, MI (Sold out – 500 Capacity)

  • Otus Supply Parliament Room Ferndale, MI (Sold out – 300 Capacity)

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