The couple met at the Naperville Bluegrass Festival in 2014. Ben was attending with Starr Moss, Prowlers guitarist at the time, and noticed an attractive young woman playing banjo in a jam. He tells us that he wasted no time finding out who she was.
“I nudged him with my elbow saying, ‘Who IS that?!’ Starr casually said something like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s Cassie. I’ve been seeing her at jams for a while.’ I remember so clearly being miffed at him for not telling me sooner that there was such a classy and beautiful banjo player in town.”
Cassie plays banjo and reso-guitar with Fox Crossing Stringband, a very successful all-female bluegrass group in the midwest, while Ben is the banjo player and a vocalist with Henhouse Prowlers, who tour extensively all over the world.
When he isn’t out with the band, Ben manages their non-profit organization, Bluegrass Ambassadors, and works with American Voices, who organizes and administers cultural programs for the US State Department. Cassie is a non-profit director for a scholarship foundation in Chicago.
They chose to be married in Beaufort as Ben’s dad lives there.
Ben and Cassie live now in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Congratulations and best of luck to the bluegrass newlyweds!