Chicago, Illinois, USA

Hayward blends Bluegrass, Americana, and Pop influences into a versatile sound balancing plush harmonies and stomping instrumental breaks, originals and standards, male and female voices, heartbreaking ballads and honkey tonk barn burners. There's something for everyone!


Several of us grew up picking together year after year during Summers on the shores of Little Spider Lake in Wisconsin's Great North Woods. Our pure joy in playing music with each other is infectious and immediately reels the audience in. With six rotating lead singers, our versatility keeps things moving in fresh and interesting ways. At a Hayward show you're likely to hear a stomping instrumental followed by an aching ballad followed by a bluegrass interpretation of an unexpected pop nugget.

Set List

We can play several sets without repeating a tune in virtually any venue due to our acoustic nature. We've played everything from weddings to gallery benefits to costume cabarets, to club gigs, to kids shows in the pumpkin patch!