Henhouse Prowlers 9.28.17
Words & Photos by Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
The Henhouse Prowlers have made regular stops at The Swing Station over the years. It's an alternative to the limited options available in Fort Collins proper. The band’s lineup has solidified with founding members Ben Wright on banjo and Jon Goldfine on bass still driving the bus. Last year when they moseyed through Colorado, mandolin and fiddle player Kyle O’Brien was a newly anointed member of the group with a gleam in his eye. Now a year later he has trotted the globe performing bluegrass on multiple continents with the Prowlers. The group is rounded out by guitarist and singer, Andrew Dorfman.
They got the show going early with a perfect rendition of the lovelorn original “Why Is The Night So Long.” For those that don’t know, The Henhouse Prowlers are a modern band wrapped in tradition and nostalgia. Their sound is reminiscent of the great bluegrass bands of yesteryear while their writing is utterly current. Their blend of traditional bluegrass, contemporary covers, and authentic writing is why fans get hooked early. They went into the call and answer song “Hey Boys / Hey Dorfman,” which got the crowd warmed up quickly. Banjo extraordinaire, Ben Wright, took the lead on “Caroline” while Jon Goldfine took on vocal duties for the song. Newcomer, Kyle O’Brien, treated us to the cavity inducing love song “Honey Bee.” The band exploded with a grass-tastic version of The Grateful Dead’s “Mr. Charlie” which got everyone’s attention. The Henhouse Prowlers would be remiss if they didn’t regale us with tales from their jaunts to Africa, Europe and beyond. They talked of travels before ripping up the Nigerian pop classic “Chop My Money.” Dorfman treated us to some spectacular yodeling before Jon shut down the first set with a beautiful rendition of “Lonesome Road.”
This band is an ever-evolving experience and you may not see the same members perform in the band twice. However, they always come prepared and following their travels through social media is simply awe-inspiring. They are truly musical envoys bouncing around all parts of the globe at any given moment spreading their love of folk, Americana, and bluegrass. Their dedication to touring is why they have so many fans from so many places. They ended the show as they do most nights, on the floor with the rest of the crowd. Without any amplification, these four troubadours got down on our level and just jammed. They treated us to the spiritual “Ain’t It a Shame” before calling it a night. The Henhouse Prowlers have been sharing their love of music for almost a decade and a half with no sign of slowing down. If they come to your town, make it a point to go and find out what the lyrics to “Chop My Money” are about. You won’t be disappointed!
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