Thursday, December 1, 2016
Howdy Home Fries and guests! Today’s blog is a little different, as I will be talking about a couple of exceptional collaborations with great friends of Home Free, Peter Hollens and the one and only, Chris Rupp. Two incredibly talented men on their own, then you add our fave five guys of Home Free and you get nothing less than soul riveting music that will send chills right down to your cowboy boots!
Home Free’s video of How Great Thou Art recently went viral and this gospel trend sounds remarkable with these perfectly harmonious men. Their new collaborations with old friends is no exception and building on that viral uplifting climb they are soaring on.
What Child Is This, is one of the more divine Christmas carols. Chris Rupp and Home Free take this song to a heavenly level. It was so good to see Chris together with Home Free, it just felt right. They made a simple video with a striking background in the caves. The shadows are superb! But the vocals, oh my, the vocals. The men of Home Free, past and present, never disappoint and this song and arrangement is an absolute example of their jaw dropping, spine chilling vocal gifts. Chris makes your heart flutter and brings you full into the song. The harmony sounds like it just happens with little to no work, yet its complex and performed without flaw. Austin fills my ears with pure delight when he chimes in with unequaled expressive energy. We all love Tim’s ground shaking bold bass, but his voice in this song is almost beyond my words. To be able to sing low and high, sweet and profound, spiritually and amazingly low here, takes my breath away. These six men bring indescribable depth and passion to this song. Thank you, Chris Rupp for sharing this with Home Free! The Home Fries miss you, but we are very proud of what you’ve accomplished on your own and with 7th Ave. All the best to you and congratulations on this brilliant video.
Amazing Grace is a song that pulls at your heart strings, it’s powerful and gripping. But grab hold of your boot straps, because this version of the song will take you to a peaceful place that you’ll never want to leave. Peter Hollens is always a treat to hear and has many videos of his own as well as one with Home Free. When Peter picks a song this emotional and adds five more men that possess more talent than a human should be allowed, you get a hymn that can fill your very being with goodwill and tranquility. It was done so beautifully. Each man added his own unique essence to the song. The video itself gives just enough ambiance to enhance this virtuous song. I enjoy Peter’s work and it’s great to see him work with Home Free again. This is an impeccable arrangement of Amazing Grace and should do that viral thing in no time. Gorgeous, gentlemen, simply gorgeous.
It was great seeing some fresh new collaborations and I couldn’t have asked for better companions for Home Free than Chris Rupp and Peter Hollens. These two songs are not available on a Home Free CD, right now. However, you can get them on Chris Rupp's A Little Bit of Christmas CD and Peter Hollens' A Hollens Family Christmas CD’s that have recently been released. And don't forget that Home Free has recorded their Full of Cheer Christmas CD as Full of (even more) Cheer with their new baritone/bass, Adam Chance. It's worth a listen to and features How Great They Art and a new studio recording of Colder Weather. Below are links to all their websites, where their Christmas and other CD's can be purchased.
I love Christmas music and a good spiritual song and I love the way these men have brought them back in style and with their own very special style!
Home Free website: http://homefreemusic.com/
Chris Rupp website: http://chrisruppofficial.com/
Peter Hollens website: https://peterhollens.com/
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Welcome my wonderful followers. I know I missed a review for SOLD! However, I may let my 9 year old daughter write that review since she loves that video, so stay tuned!
Every now and then you see or hear something that moves you more than you thought it could. Well Ring of Fire by Home Free did over two years ago, followed by I’ve Seen. Today it’s How Great Thou Art. Such a powerful song on its own. A song that you can’t help but stop and listen to (with your eyes closed), so you don’t miss anything. And yes, where I am extremely partial to Home Free, when you hear them vocalize in perfect angelic harmony this spiritual message, you will understand why these men have become so popular.
Each man of Home Free brings his own unique and incredible style to every song they perform, but How Great Thou Art takes this to a whole new level. Dare I say to the heavens? Adam, our beloved vocal percussionist sings and I think it’s fair to say, “and the crowd went wild.” So many Home Fries have been talking about how much they love Adam’s voice. Well, he is a Rupp, after all. Austin does what he does best, sing with passion and nothing short of perfection. I can’t say enough about how far this young man has come and the Home Fries adore Austin and are enchanted by his voice. Rob, well, that “voice of angel”, elevated his fans right up to the clouds. The newest daddy of Home Free sings with grace and love and so beautifully. Chance, with his smooth vocals, gives the harmony a rich, uplifting sound that helps fill this song with devoutness. Tim, then there’s Tim. From Mom to O Holy Night to Die a Happy Man to How Great Thou Art, Tim has shown us that he has a soft, gentle side to his big booming deep voice. And there’s nothing sweeter than a man with a magnificent bass sound, sing so silkily and elegant. All this talent, all this sigh-provoking beauty, harmony that sends chills down to your soul and words that give your heart a reason to love and worship make for an immaculate video and song.
If you haven’t seen Home Free’s video of How Great Thou Art (do you live on the moon?), you need to watch it! My fave five deliver a flawless performance alongside the exemplary scenery of The Alps behind them. The scene where the six foot plus tall men of Home Free are so tiny amongst the great mountains, says so much! I felt the true meaning of the song right there. Saying I love this video/song just doesn’t seem to cover it. But, I’ll say it anyway, I absolutely love How Great Thou Art, by Home Free.
FifGen you captured God’s great earth with amazing precision. Simply gorgeous! My words are just my opinion, but the number of views this video has and the attention is has and continues to receive, shows that my opinion is shared by many others.
You can find this song on the Full of (Even More) Cheer, Home Free’s re-release of their Christmas album Full of Cheer. You can pre-order your copy at Walmart.com or at HomeFreeMusic.com. I can’t wait to see them on their A Country Christmas tour!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Hey my wonderful Home Free blog junkies, I’ve missed blogging more this summer! And while my life has been the proverbial roller coaster lately, Home Free have been crazy busy professionally and personally! It’s hard to keep up with them sometimes. I mean just this summer they’ve had videos galore, an amazing birthday concert, engagements, babies, concerts in Europe, a TV appearance and more videos! Damn, I’m tired just writing it out! I’m still enjoying “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”. Just the other day, while getting ready for school, my eight year old daughter says, “suns come up,” and we both broke into “I got cakes on the griddle. Life ain’t nothing but a funny, funny riddle…” There is nothing better than sharing classic music like this, with the younger generations.
In August (my birthday month), they came out with two new videos. One for the lovers and one for the partiers. Even though there was a collective heart break when Tim announced his engagement to his sweet girl, Jenika, the Home Fries wish them all the happiness in the world. And this video of “Die A Happy Man,” is a wonderful tribute to them and their love. This song is sexy and thought provoking (made my think of someone). Chance took it and really gave it soul and love, I closed my eyes and just listened to his smooth voice. Then he announced his own engagement! Yeah, love is the air for Home Free! But back to the video for “Die a Happy Man”, it’s charming and cute to see these two just being together and enjoying each other. And the song, well the song just makes you want to be in young love. Great song, wonderful voices bringing it to life by Home Free and a delightful tribute to love and Tim and Jenika. Home Free’s pure talent is so apparent and spectacular in this song, it’s definitely a must hear! Kudos for this little gem, it’s guaranteed to make you smile.
Then we shift over to a different kind of song and video with “Snapback”. I had never heard this song, so when we got the teaser about the new video, I went out and gave it a listen. Fun song with a beat that’s hard to resist. But, as has happened so many times, then Home Free got a hold of it. Yes, I am in love with Home Free’s version of this song! They sound full and rich. The video, well now, let’s not lie, we all enjoyed the view of our guys! We all enjoyed the diving amusement and silliness (Adam’s little surprise at the end, lol!). However, I think the video was truly stolen by, yep, you guessed it, the froggy float!!! He’s so cute and so is Tim when he jumps in with froggy. So, a little end of summer jollies from my fave five guys, to a great song! I often play “Snapback” three or four times when it comes on my playlist, just because it makes me happy and I can’t sit or stand still!
That was a bit of a quick rundown of these two videos, mainly because they have another one coming out soon, so I decided to get caught up before the next one. Which we all know will be another Home Free amazing song and video! They just can’t do things any way but AWESOME!
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Friday, August 5, 2016
Howdy faithful followers! Welcome back to the foolish prose that runs through my mind about these endlessly talented and respectful men of Home Free. I never did blog about Tim’s birthday bash, but it was a once in a lifetime concert that I will take with me to my grave. I felt 25 again and I wish the night had gone on forever. I didn’t have near enough time to talk to all the wonderful fries I met for the first time and the music took me to my happy place. So instead of a play by play, I will just say Thank You Tim Foust and friends for an evening that made me feel incredibly alive and blissful. I had planned this long, emotional and sappy blog about My Church, but my perspective got lost in my absolute love for the song. So, I had to take a step back and re-think the whole write up. In the meantime, my fave five released another new video!!! So now I’m three events behind and life has been crazy, but a good crazy! So I will try to plow through the harried thoughts in my head and share my opinion of My Church and Thank God I’m a Country Boy. Sounds like our boys are getting spiritual and I know the Home Fries are loving every note of it!
My Church, this song is brilliant and brings back a world of “stuff”! All good “stuff” and I really can’t get enough of it! I have heard the original and Maren Morris does a beautiful job. Her unique, smoky voice gives the song an inspirational edge. Well, you know what’s coming, I’m sure. That’s right, then Home Free got a hold the song. Honestly, I’m running out of ways to say how deep, rich, passionate and flat out ridiculous their voices sound. Nothing, and I mean nothing, can slow these guys down. Every time I think ‘how are they going to out do this?’, they do! Their spin on My Church is almighty and riveting. I’ve mentioned before how each of these guys, on their own has impressive talent, and when you put them all together, their music is without flaw. The video was one of their simple, but moving videos that gives you just enough to look at without taking away from their pure and unblemished voices. I’ve always enjoyed how you get to hear all of them highlighted in most of their songs, and My Church is one of the best. You could feel the words of this song, from their hearts. This one was definitely on a replay loop for several days. Oh, and damn nice car, Nate! So, standing ovation for My Church, gentlemen! Without a doubt, top notch vocals and exceptional choice of theme for the video.
Thank God I’m a Country Boy. OK, I was my daughter’s age when this song came out. Yes, I did like John Denver, but didn’t appreciate him until I was a little older. When I saw the song title in the Patreon message I said, “Oh, this is going to be fun!” Goofballs, they are such goofballs. Loveable, adorable, gifted goofballs! Of course, the guys sounded harmoniously perfect and gave it the unbeatable Home Free style, not to mention the spirited yodeling! But I have to give this one to the video! No, those aren’t cakes on the griddle and should Tim really have an axe? Did anyone else think of the Beverly Hillbillies while watching this video? What are they raking? Never mind, I don’t want to know. Austin’s city life was highly amusing, but the boys without him was even funnier! Home Freemont, LOL! Beer and farm tools, SMH (could end badly). And should Tim have lighter fluid? Maybe in the next video, Chance or Rob should handle the dangerous items (Adam’s hands are usually busy air drumming). Love it! The faces they make are priceless, another part of their one-off charm! This is one of those videos you must watch over and over to focus on one guy each time, to fully absorb their expressions. And yes, thank God they are country boys! We wouldn’t want them any other way!
Thank God I’m a Country Boy is definitely a knee slapping, spoon tapping, goofy video that Home Fries are going to enjoy sharing and watching over and over again. My Church got attention from everywhere, as well it should! Two more winning videos by Home Free!
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Now, back to watching the new video!
Now, back to watching the new video!
Thursday, June 30, 2016
No time to waste on pleasantries. Home Free has taken amazing, phenomenal, emotionally moving, patriotic chills and love to whole new level with song and video. I’ve seen videos where they just stand or sit there and manage to grab a hold of your heart and soul with their remarkable voices and incomparable style, but this song and video just surpassed all of them.
I don’t even know where to start, but this will get me going in the right direction…this cover of God Bless the USA by Home Free is spine chilling, spirit lifting, heart-pounding and gut wrenching. Their presentation is simply unparalleled. I know I may be biased, as I adore Home Free and what they do with music, but I truly believe this video will stun all those that watch it.
The scenery alone is striking and brought that proud smile to my face. This song has always been one that makes people stand up and sing with pure honor and dignity. Lee Greenwood captured the true sense of patriotism with this magnificent song and Home Free maintained that finely tuned attitude and gave it even more life and essence. It’s almost impossible to find the right words to describe how I felt the first time I heard them sing this song live. Now they’ve made this video and I’m speechless and affected right down to my core, but thoughts are exploding, like fireworks, in my head. I have seen Home Free live seven times and it was only at the last concert in Tulsa that I snapped my first picture during this song. I had a sense of disrespect if I took pictures and didn’t stand and sing from my heart during this song. After seeing this video, I know now, I did the right thing not taking pictures during this song. Bravo, Home Free, Bravo. This video should be your pride and joy. I know Ring of Fire changed your lives, but this video will change many lives. Thank you!
Now that all the glory has been shared, I really need to get a few “holy smokes” out of the way. First, it was great to see Chris and his beautiful cowboy hat. I thought it was perfect that he got to sing ‘the lakes of Minnesota’ and that Rob joined him. Chris, Rob and Austin sound spectacular together in this song (like every other song, but this one stands alone). But then, OH MY, TIM!!!! To give Tim “across the plains of Texas’ was just fitting, but the way he sang that line made my heart stop beating. I think I shrieked a bit. Of course, being a Texan myself, I couldn’t ask for a better representation of Texas than the mighty bass voice of one Mr. Tim Foust, y’all. The emotion in the faces of all the guys was very apparent and put me in a very happy place, especially Austin and Rob. But the drum playing by Adam toward the end, where he played the air snare drum, gave me shivers. That was absolutely Adam Rupp perfection.
I know I get all gooey when I talk about these guys and I know I’m not alone in my thinking, but of all their videos, this one rattled my bones. I love all their videos. Sure, some more than others, but their fun personalities and ridiculous talent wins out every time. This video has me “falling in love” with Home Free all over again. So pure, exquisite and picturesque. Not to mention these fine gentlemen are easy on the eyes (you knew I would go there eventually). Home Free you amaze me and I hope this video goes viral and gets the attention is truly deserves. God Bless the USA!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Hello my faithful followers. I know it’s been a while, but I have been working hard at a new career and other changes in my life. Of course, I’m not the only one facing changes. We can now give an official open armed Home Fry welcome to Mr. Adam Chance as the new member of our beloved Home Free vocal band. And before I go into this new video, let me just say Chance (I will be calling him Chance) has more than exceeded my expectations and I wish Home Free 2.0 great success and fun in their upcoming endeavors. I can’t wait to them live, again!
I know Try Everything had Chance also, but there were still good-byes to be said and partying to be done. Now we can throw Chance under the Home Fry bus, which is full of over-whelming love and sibling like kidding, so let’s get to it! Home Free released a surprising cover of Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling! This video/song caught me off guard. I had not heard the original and as many Fries would agree, I might be disappointed in the original after hearing Home Free’s version. I know Fries have apologized to original artists because they like Home Free’s version better, in the past. And, in my opinion, they have done it again. Don’t get me wrong, I like JT’s version of this song, but my fave five a cappella geniuses have, again, taken a great song and filled it with so much depth, soul and an over-abundance of pure talent, that you can’t help but like this version more than the original.
Austin and Rob rock this song! Beautifully executed vocals and some sweet moves too. I don’t want to get in trouble with my honesty here, but Austin’s moves were making me replay scenes, over and over again (electric wavy, oh my)! Tim’s bass was just bassilicious! Yes, I just said bassilicous, am I wrong? #yeah Chance was everywhere and built this striking, robust harmony that fills your ears with bliss and he had some killer sounds! And then there’s Adam. This man gets more astonishingly good every time I hear him do his “Adam Thang”. If he gets any more realistically drum sounding, people are going to be looking for the drums hidden in the video instead of the chicken! But rest assured, it’s all Adam Rupp, 100%! Put all this bewildering vocal skill together and the song is full of flavor, richness and energy!
Oh and let’s not go any further without mentioning the dance moves seen in this party on tape. So, go Chance with the booty shake. I giggled, out loud, more than once! Tim was having too much fun. The bench dancing was a treat and a little backside shimmy to boot. Adam’s moves are getting every bit as good as his beatboxing. I often watch videos and just watch Adam all the way through, so I can see every move. Austin was a boogie master! This seems to be his type of song, you could tell he was having a blast. And Rob getting down with his bad strut! There were several other dance appearances that made me giggle, *cough Buegs cough*, and want to get up and dance myself. A festive get together like only Home Free can do and great dance song made even better with a style that only Home Free can deliver. I got this feeling, down in my bones and my funky fave five guys just put into full swing. And let’s give a shout out to Satchmo (he needs to negotiate for a bigger role)!!
Whether they are doing down home country songs or breaking down the barriers with hip shaking dance tunes, Home Free will rock your world with their unique sound and amazing talent! Love the fun and love Home Free. This video will have you snapping your fingers, moving your feet and wiggling your seat! You won’t be able to take your eyes up off it, either! So check it out and share the heck out of it!
Friday, May 6, 2016
I sit here, with plenty to do, but find myself continuing to think of Home Free, and in particular, Chris Rupp. The five gentlemen of Home Free have been such an incredible and positive influence in my life the past two years. The good news is Home Free will continue to make me laugh and appreciate amazing music, the bad news is they will do so without Chris Rupp.
I like to find the positive in every situation and as sad as Chris leaving is, the positives are far greater! For starters, Home Free will live on and that makes Home Fries unbelievably happy. We can still count on the road trips with the windows down and Home Free playing, Tim’s ground rumbling bass notes, Austin’s earth shattering wails, Rob’s sweet angelic or rapping vocals and Adam’s mind blowing beat boxing. Soon I’ll be able to add Chance’s specialty. Next, Adam Chance is getting an opportunity to perform with a vastly talented and entertaining group of guys and I, for one, am very excited to see what he brings to the stage. We’ve heard him sing and he fits right in. He has come down to meet the fans and won our hearts. So all in all, Home Free is going to be fine and the fans are excited to see what the new kid has to offer.
Now, for Chris and his positive. Well, in my opinion, Chris has so much talent I’m sure there is only positive here. I mean he plays piano and guitar, sings, writes songs, arranges and has a dynamic stage presence, plus, he’s just a nice guy! He has worked so hard for so long on Home Free and now they are well on their way. I’m am so happy that Chris has decided to turn all his work and effort into something for him. He deserves this opportunity. I bought his Shine CD and I love the music! Country Reigns and Moving On are my favorites and for two very different reasons. Country Reigns is just good stuff, period! Moving On, for me personally, took three incredible losses and gave them new perspective and light. It’s impressive when a musician can bring out such a wide range of emotions. Chris does that beautifully. Then there’s Drinkin' with Me for a little fun and Shine for a little dancing and so much more. His first CD is already a great success. I’m so happy for him and very proud of him. I have often had feelings of pride when it comes to the men of Home Free and this bittersweet time is no exception.
Thank you to Chris for the decisions you’ve made over the years. Your choices have given so many of us, Home Fries, some of the best times of our lives. I mean I’ve been to concerts in my youth and even dabbled in music and writing in my lifetime, but to be able to sit back and take in all the fantastic music and unforgettable mishaps of these down to earth guys, is priceless. The Home Free style has always been unique, lovable, fun and full of vocal genius. So, again, Thank You Chris for your decisions. I wish you all the best, all the happiness and all the positive vibes you could possibly handle and more. You'll forever be in the hearts of Home Fries! Good (hat)guys do finish first!
The big positive for us fans....well, now we not only have new songs and videos to look forward to from Home Free, but Chris Rupp too (maybe both together too)! Double the fun for us! I can’t make it to the Patreon party next week, so I’ll throw my good luck and good-bye hugs and wishes here. Bring on the next generation of Home Free and Chris Rupp! #totesexcited #notears #TryEverything #MovingOn
Party down Home Fries, watch out for each other and have a terrific time!