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 November of 2019, Joshua Lemieux left the group on good terms and the band's longtime friend Zach Bolling (also in Chandler's group Ancient Chaos) stepped in as the permanent drummer.
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.
In October of 2017, the band embarked on their first U.S. tour. The Spring of 2018 saw a long West Coast tour, followed by two additional U.S. tours in the Summer of 2018 that covered most of the mainland U.S.. The much anticipated third full length album, “Out of the Garden and Into the Darkness” released on July 27th 2018. It debuted at number three on the Bluegrass Billboard Chart and number 50 on the New Artist Album Billboard Chart.