The Native Howl took the stage at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades. It would be a night with their distinct fusion of bluegrass, rock, and folk known as “Thrash Grass”. The band unleashed their signature sound, blending the twang of banjos and acoustic guitar with the raw power of thundering base and drums. From the moment they struck the first chords, the crowd was entranced, drawn into a whirlwind of foot-stomping rhythms and infectious melodies.




There was a band in the early nineties called Bone Pony that mixed rock, country, and bluegrass that I really liked for their originality on mixing music genres. The Native Howl updated a sound from the past and has added their spin of mixing genres what normally wouldn’t be together and taken it to a whole new level that works well with today’s finicky musical palette.



The Native Howl’s setlist was a rollercoaster of music diversity that seamlessly transitioned from soulful ballads to high-energy thrash-folk anthems. Lead vocalist Alex Holycross’s gritty yet soulful voice and the band’s skilled instrumentation created a journey that kept the audience on the edge of their seats (if this venue basically wasn’t more of a standing room only). Songs like “Can’t Sleep” and “Harvester of Constant Sorrow” showcased the band’s versatility, with moments of quiet introspection giving way to thunderous, foot-stomping choruses.




Ace of Spades was filled with applause and cheers and Holycross informed the crowd that the band appreciated all the energy they were receiving back this night. The connection between the band and the audience was undeniable. The Native Howl didn’t just perform; they invited the crowd into their world, fostering an intimate yet exhilarating experience. The Native Howl solidified they’re a force to be reckoned with their “Thrash Grass” and the music world better be ready for an emerging new music genre.


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Stage Setlist 12/05/23

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