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  • Writer's pictureZachary Epps

The Freddi Henchi band was a funk and soul band that gained prominence in the 1970s.

The Freddi Henchi band

Formed in Boulder, Colorado, the band was known for their energetic performances, charismatic frontmen, and a vibrant blend of funk, soul, and rock influences.

The core members of the band were Frederick "Freddi" Gowdy (vocals) and Henchi Graves (vocals and guitar). They were both charismatic and dynamic performers who brought a unique energy to their live shows. The band's music was characterized by its infectious grooves, catchy melodies, and a mix of original compositions and covers of popular songs.

Freddi and Henchi's music was deeply rooted in the funk and soul traditions of the era, and their performances were often accompanied by tight horn sections, driving rhythms, and soulful vocals. Their live shows were legendary, and they quickly gained a reputation for getting audiences up and dancing with their lively and engaging performances.

One of the band's most well-known songs is "Funky to the Bone," which showcased their ability to create irresistibly groovy tracks that got people moving on the dance floor. The song's catchy chorus and infectious rhythm captured the essence of their music and made it a favorite among funk and soul enthusiasts.

Freddi and Henchi's music was influenced by the likes of James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and other funk and soul legends of the time. While they never achieved mainstream superstardom, they left a lasting impact on the music scene, particularly in the Boulder area and within funk and soul circles.

As the 1970s progressed, the band continued to tour and perform, building a loyal fanbase. However, like many bands of the era, changes in the music industry and personal circumstances eventually led to the band's dissolution.

Freddi Henchi and the Soulsetters may not be as widely recognized as some of their contemporaries, but their contribution to the funk and soul genre, along with their energetic performances, left an indelible mark on music history. They serve as a reminder of the vibrant and diverse musical landscape of the 1970s and the local scenes that often produced hidden musical gems.

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