Kyle O'Brien 

Musician, Performer, Teacher
Visual Biography
The Early Years 
Kyle O'Brien 

Kyle grew up in Evergreen, Colorado, the son of public school teachers and musicians, Dan and Janette O'Brien.

Growing up the O'Briens would take Kyle and his sister, Maura (three years younger), to musical gatherings such as Walnut Valley in Winfield, Kansas, the Annual Country Music Festival in Ainsworth, Nebraska, the International Bluegrass Music festival in Guthrie Oklahoma and Rockygrass in Lyons, Colorado. 

Kyle soaked up lots of music at an early age, learning to play the fiddle, mandolin and guitar around the ages of 5-10 years old.
"The Family that entertains famlies" - Evergreen Canyon Currier O'Brien Family
OBFB Discography 
Over the course of 5 years, the O'Brien family recorded:

Kyle's Big Hit
CD and Board Game
A Time To Remember
Old Cars & Old Guitars
The Bluegrass Quartet 2009

While in high school, Kyle O'Brien and his friends Patrick Dethlefs, Robert Collins and Kyle's sister, Maura created The Bluegrass Quartet.

The BQ won their high school's battle-of-the-bands competition in 2009 and recorded their debut album, Mouse-grass the same year.
College Years
University of San Francisco

Choosing to head westward for his higher education, Kyle O'Brien enrolled at USF, located above Haight Street and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. 

Between studying classic literature, theology, politics and getting involved with the honor's society, Kyle also found time to explore the music in San Francisco, including world-class Jazz, Blues and Rock & Roll. 

His Junior year, Kyle took an opportunity to study abroad for three terms at the University of Oxford, Blackfriar's College. While at Oxford he studied philosophy, psychology, rowed for his college and played on the University of Oxford volleyball team. 

Kyle graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2013.
The Earl Brothers
Shortly after moving to California, Kyle O'Brien joined the well-established Bay Area bluegrass band, The Earl Brothers. He would play in the band for the next 6 years.

Hillbilly Trance The Earl Brothers
The Earl Brothers perform at Wintergrass festival in Bellevue, Washington 2016 Kyle O'Brien
Kyle O'Brien teaches a mandolin workshop at the Northern Lights Fest, Saskatoon, Canada
After graduating from USF, Kyle O'Brien found himself playing music with Misisipi Mike (sic), country singer-songwriter and guitar player.

The two soon became close friends, bandmates and roommates for several years in the Mission district, San Francisco.
Kyle O'Brien and Mike perform at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Kyle O'Brien and Mike joined west coast country band, The Easy Leaves, taking several tours including trips to Alaska and Tennessee.

While with The Easy Leaves, Kyle performed live at KEXP, at Nelsonville Music Festival, Outlaw Music Festival and Bandit Music Festival.  

Kyle recorded on several of The Easy Leaves albums, including Wheels & Fresno.
The Easy Leaves perform at Nelsonville Music Festival, Ohio
Kyle O'Brien meets his hero, Emmylou Harris, at Nelsonville Music Fest, Ohio
The Easy Leaves perform at Great American Music Hall, SF
Kyle O'Brien performs with Nikki Bluhm
Lucia Comnes Band Kyle O'Brien also joined Lucia Comnes' Irish band, performing with her both in the Bay Area, CA and on a tour of Ireland in 2016.
Kyle O'Brien and Lucia Comnes play in a pub in Ireland
Seeing the cliffs of Mohr for the first time and Kyle O'Brien meets Hozier in Dublin
Kyle O'Brien and Lucia Comnes play the Ruby Sessions in Dublin, Ireland
Henhouse Prowlers
Henhouse Prowlers

While on tour of Ireland in 2016, Kyle O'Brien got a call from Jon Goldfine from the Henhouse Prowlers, bluegrass band based in Chicago, IL. 

Within a month, Kyle was performing with the Prowlers in Illinois, and soon after, all around the world.
The Henhouse Prowlers are widely considered bluegrass' hardest working and furthest traveled band. 

During Kyle's O'Brien's three-year tenure with the band he would travel the US extensively, as well as participate in six tours of Europe (totaling 6-months), in countries such as Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Poland. 

The band also worked with the State Department several times during Kyle's tenure, making tours of Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia Uzbekistan, Cambodia & Brunei as a bluegrass ambassadors.

In November 2016, the United States' State Department sent The Henhouse Prowlers on a cultural diplomatic trip to the country of Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia, Kyle's first of several diplomatic trips abroad. Kyle O'Brien.

The Henhouse Prowlers performance at the Dostuk Music Fest, Kyrgzstan
The Henhouse Prowlers perform with native Kyrgz dancers, Kyrgzstan

The Henhouse Prowlers perform in Islamabad, Pakistan
Hamza Akram Qawwal 

While in Pakistan Kyle O'Brien got the chance to meet and perform with Hamza Akram, representing the 26th generation (800 years) of the Qawwali tradition within their musical family.
The Henhouse Prowlers visit school girls in Pakistan
Newspaper article on the Henhouse Prowlers tour of Pakistan
In 2017 The Henhouse Prowlers accepted an offer to travel deep into Siberian, Russia as musical ambassadors for the State Department. 

They traveled to Russia directly after finishing a tour of Europe, and began traveling and performing with local bands and on local media outlets. Kyle O'Brien
Henhouse Prowlers in Russia
While visiting a remote town in Siberia, Russia, we were treated to a feast of tea and pastries from our hosts, Russian babushkas, many of whom had worked in coal mines most of their lives and now lived together in a supportive community.
Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival
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The Henhouse Prowlers were invited to perform at the 2019 Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, representing the United States. One of the largest musical and cultural festivals in Central Asia, Sharq Taronalari is held every two years in Samarkand’s Registan Square since 1997, this festival brings together talented singers, dancers, and musicians to celebrate art from around the world.
The Henhouse Prowlers perform in Samarkand’s Registan Square, Uzbekistan
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Kyle O'Brien teaches a workshop for a music school in Uzbekistan
Cambodia Henhouse Prowlers
Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and is the largest religious monument in the world, Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire by King Suryavarman II, now a "Hindu-Buddhist" temple.

While on Tour of Cambodia, Kyle O'Brien explored this ancient temple complex and can be seen here guessing which way the river is flowing behind him.
Henhouse Prowlers perform for a community square in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Teaching a music workshop in Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia with Henhouse Prowlers Kyle O'Brien
Back at home in the US, the Henhouse Prowlers began Bluegrass Ambassadors, a non-profit with a mission to bring music from their travels into classrooms and educate children about music around the world. 

With Kyle's support the band brought their educational programming into schools in Chicago, Colorado, and even places such as Germany and the Czech Republic. Kyle O'Brien
Bluegrass Ambassadors teaching in Buffalo, New York 
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Bluegrass Ambassadors teaching in Saratoga, Wyoming Kyle O'Brien
Bluegrass Ambassadors teaching in Chicago, Illinois 

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Kyle O'Brien teaches mandolin at Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival
Kyle O'Brien gives some mandolin advice to a young student in the Czech Republic
While with The Henhouse Prowlers, Kyle O'Brien recorded on two albums: Live From Kyrgyzstan and Separation Man
Kyle O'Brien met Chance McCoy (of Old Crow Medicine Show) while on tour with The Henhouse Prowlers in Mepel, Netherlands. The two stayed in touch, and months later Chance agreed to produce a record of Kyle's original music. 

In March, 2020, Country Pie was recorded at Chance's home-studio in rural, West Virginia.
Making breakfast in West Virginia with Chance Kyle O'Brien
Chance laying down guitar on Country Pie Kyle O'Brien
Honey Bee
Slippery Slope
Good Old Me
The Fighter 
Fox In THe Henhouse
Wish I Was Tougher
Country Pie
Rolling Stoner
Good Time Old Time

Country Pie, produced by Chance McCoy, was released as a full album in 2022

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Kyle O'Brien on tour with Chance McCoy in 2021 supporting the Dead South

•9/18 Mars Music Hall
Huntsville, AL
•9/19 The Mill & Mine
Knoxville, TN

•9/20 Iron City Bham
Birmingham, AL
•9/25 Gateway Arch National Park
StLouis, MO
•9/26 Des Moines Water Works
DesMoines, IA

•9/26 Des Moines Water Works
DesMoines, IA
•9/27 The Sylvee
Madison, WI
•9/29 House of Blues Chicago
Chicago, IL
•9/30 The Fillmore Detroit
Detroit, MI
•10/1 Old National Centre
Indianapolis, IN
Kyle O'Brien with Chance McCoy supporting The Dead South, Des Moines, IA
Kyle O'Brien with Chance McCoy supporting The Dead South, The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
Kyle O'Brien with Chance McCoy supporting The Dead South, House of Blues, Chicago, IL
Back Home 

After nearly ten years living outside his home state, Kyle O'Brien moved back to Colorado to be closer to family. 

Having traveled to more than 20 different countries and touring thousands of miles, Kyle turned his focus to performing and teaching near where he grew up in Evergreen, Colorado.
The Wrecklunds at Rockygrass, Lyons, Colorado
The Wrecklunds at Rockygrass, Lyons, Colorado
The Wrecklunds perform at Evergreen Lake Concert Series, Colorado
The Wrecklunds perform at Hops & Drops, Evergreen, Colorado
Kyle O'Brien performs with The California Honeydrops at Hops & Drops, Evergreen, Colorado
Kyle O'Brien performs with Lech Wierzynski of The California Honeydrops
Kyle O'Brien records a fiddle tune video on a frozen Evergreen Lake
Pine Tree Music Community Through Music 

Drawing from his experience and passion for teaching music, Kyle O'Brien started a music education non-profit of his own, the Pine Tree Music Project. The project's mission is to provide music exposure and education for students, families and seniors in the Colorado area. 

Today, the Pine Tree Music Project serves schools, libraries, senior-centers in the Evergreen mountain area, with hopes to expand further into Golden and Lakewood in the future.
You can learn more at
Some things don't change...

Nearly 20 years later, Kyle O'Brien and his mom, Janette, perform together again for the Country Pie cd release party. Thanks mom!
Kyle O'Brien is still performing and teaching in Colorado, writing songs and working on new projects. You can reach him at or