Back Forty

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Funk, Americana, Bluegrass, Jam bands Country, Freestyle, Rock, Dance, Alt-Country, Alternative, Singer songwriter, Newgrass, Blues, Southern rock, Pop, Indie, Progressive Rock, Jazz, Psychedelic rock, Folk and Traditional, Free Jazz, Funkgrass More...


Ann Arbor MI United States

Sounds Like

Phish, Grateful Dead, Old Crow Medicine Show

Digital Location


Member since: 05/22/2012 Year Founded: 2001


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Back Forty

Ann Arbor



  • Original material: 23 hrs : 45 min
  • Cover material: 23 hrs : 45 min
  • CDs released: 4
  • CDs sold: 5000
  • Digital songs sold: 500
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 300
  • Largest crowd: 8,000
  • Have sound: Full PA


Back Forty is a major staple of the Michigan music scene. They have played festivals for crowds of over 5000, and regularly pack clubs in Michigan. Starting as a sparse acoustic duet over 7 years ago, the sound has evolved into a full-on electric band, while still maintaining it's acoustic roots. With their unique blend of tradional intrumentation combined with wild improvisation, Back Forty can go from bluegrass to psychedelic rock in zero seconds flat. Their sound has been compared to fellow musicians Phish, Grateful Dead, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Railroad Earth, but Back Forty are no copy-cats. Priding themselves on strong original material, the band has 5 song writers, each with there own unique style. Recently, Back Forty has added the Funkbrass Horns to supplement many of their shows, expanding on their already full sound. Come join us out on the Back Forty, we guarantee a good time!

Andy Benes - Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
Colin Murphy - Electric Fiddle, Vocals
Dan Ripke - Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Friesen - Bass
John Yax - Drums & Percussion
Funkbrass Horns:
Alan Diez - Trumpet
Bill Kuntz - Trombone
Mike Porenta - Tenor Sax

2004 - Back Forty
2006 - Down Home Funkgrass
2008 - Big Orange Tent
2011 - Play A Little Music, & Drink a Little Booze

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