Henhouse Prowlers 12.8.16
Words & Photos By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
The Swing Station is a renowned, but often overlooked honky-tonk venue in the Colorado music scene. With shows nightly, this establishment represents a throwback to a bygone era of roadhouses and biker bars. These days though if you ride your pedal bike in you get a buck off any Colorado drafts and the chances of a brawl are slim. The Bar SS, as it was previously known, gives a home to locals and traveling musicians alike. Most Bluegrass fans found themselves across town at the Aggie to see the Travelin’ McCourys, but those looking for a more intimate affair headed to the outskirts. I arrived adorned in my Sexfist shirt and was immediately confronted by HHP’s road manager, Allison, who informed me that I had won a prize. She handed me a koozie before returning to her post at the merch stand. We were already off to a good start.
The Henhouse Prowlers treated us to two sets starting promptly at 9 PM. Never one to be confined to a set list, the Prowlers play spontaneously and from the heart. This means that no two shows are ever the same and anything can happen. They warmed us up early with the title track from their latest album Still On That Ride. Ben Wright’s rambling banjo snapped the band to attention on the darkly poetic ill-fated love song “Caroline.” Dorfman came to the ribbon mic for the appropriately twangy “Nashville Here I Come.” Fans danced feverishly to the Bluegrass version of Shel Silverstein’s “The Cover Of A Rolling Stone.” The Prowlers have become known internationally for putting a traditional Bluegrass spin on Nigerian pop tunes. One such track “Chop My Money” was a huge highlight during the first set. Goldfine returned to mic for the traditional “Take Me Back To You” into the shadowy and brooding “Uncle Bubba.” They closed with an unbelievable version of Hendrix’s “Fire.”
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