Friday, March 18, 2016

Take a chance on me! Home Free, Chris and Chance

As I sit here taking in the news Home Free just dropped on the fries and seeing all the comments, I can’t help but think one thing, change is inevitable and it goes down much easier, if you make the best of it. Here we have four sides to look at, and I see great potential in all four sides.

First, and foremost, Chris Rupp. He is young, talented, eager and a workaholic. These are the perfect characteristics for a solo artist that is ready to make that big leap. After hearing Chris’ CD, Shine, I have high hopes that he will do amazing on his own. Will we miss him? Well, hell yes! That smooth voice that make the ladies swoon, that wonderful cowboy hat and, of course, his great interaction with his fans. It’s so easy to adore Chris. He started Home Free and we will always be eternally grateful for that fateful decision. And now he makes another fateful decision that will lead to more great projects. More fantastic music from him and a new sound in Home Free. Chris, your talent has no end and you deserve to be able to spread that talent in a way that makes you the happiest. I wish you the best of everything in all that you do. And remember, the fries love you and we are behind you 100% too.

Next, there’s Home Free. This vocal band has given so many people so much joy and pure entertainment. I don’t see THAT changing at all. Yes, change is hard, but it’s not the first time Home Free has changed. Where I don’t know much about Matt Atwood, I do have a copy of Live from the Road by Home Free. I miss hearing Austin wail in his beautiful voice during Life is a Highway, but Matt has a great voice and his personality fits Home Free just as well as our guys do. I love that CD and Matt’s contributions. But I also love Crazy Life and Country Evolution. There was change, and it all turned out good, damn good. The members of Home Free are willing to take this “Chance,” and I’m happy to go along for the ride. So many possibilities for Chris, Home Free and Adam Chance.

Adam Chance. Most of us have heard of him, maybe seen Street Corner Symphony in concert or caught him in a Home Free video, but we all might not know that much about him. Take some time to listen to him sing. Get to know him as a performer and then imagine his rich voice blending in with the four remaining, and heavy on the talent, Home Free guys. If change is coming, let’s support and applaud it with open arms. So welcome aboard, Adam2 or maybe I should just say Chance.

And lastly, the Home Fries. I know many of you are very shaken by this announcement and admittedly so, the announcement is a bit rattling after following them the last eighteen months. But bands make changes all the time and we as fans have to decide whether we will continue to support them or walk away. I know the Fries will support Home Free and welcome Adam Chance as well as support Chris in his new endeavor. Fries are so full of positive vibes, love and encouragement. Once the shock wears off and we hear Home Free 2.0 (post Sing Off members), the Fries will embrace the change. So keep an open mind, be ready to be pleasantly surprised and hold on tight! It will be worth it, in the end.

Home Free has already won my heart. Chris Rupp, as a solo artist won me over big with Movin’ On and Country Reigns. Now let’s see what our guys can do with this “Chance” to win our hearts, all over again. Until Chris officially leaves, though, I’m going to play the hell out of Crazy Life and Country Evolution. Then I’m going to brace myself for Home Free, the next generation. Plenty of good things to look forward to, if you ask me!


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The men and boys of Home Free in perfect harmony

Good morning Home Fries and visitors! It’s a beautiful day here in North Texas, so I thought I’d do a little writing before getting into the busy part of the day. Home Free just released their latest video and the one common hashtag being used to describe it is #totesadorb!

We all know the guys of Home Free didn’t grow up together, but this was a fun way of imagining how they met. Good Ol’ Country Harmony is such a great song and another Tim Foust original. It will leave your toes tapping and you singing it the rest of the day. And if you like the song, you should hear it live, the audience really gets into this song. The video was the perfect addition to this upbeat song. 

The Home Fries love our fave five guys, but I think many would agree that these five new young guys did a great job! Each one of them embraced their “older selves” and gave this video the same fun, groovy Home Free feel we all look forward to seeing. The young Rupp brothers were perfect, I can see them always up to something…something musical, that is! And young Rob…can you say flawless and amusing mini-me? This kid was awesome! Now young Tim was terrific, love the brow action practice session in the mirror, but was Tim ever shy? Then there’s young Austin (giggles), he is so adorable, just as current Austin, and the weight lifting is quite amusing! I give these five young versions of Home Free a large Fry approval! 

Now let’s go over some of the band name suggestions. The Christopher Rupp Project and The Adams Family were priceless! I can imagine those names did cross the minds of the brothers and both fine names (insert winking emoticon and laughing emoticon here). Robster Bisque, bwahahahaha! Brilliant and hysterical, that’s our guys! Then throw in some typical a cappella names, In Treble, Bari-Toned, Pendle-Tones and Aca-Holics before they get to Home Free. Most of us know the story of how they got the name Home Free, but I have to admit, this process is just darlin’! 

If you haven’t seen this video yet, you really need to go watch it! The song itself is worth the watch, but the video is sweet and charming (just like Home Free) and you’ll love it! You can hear Good Ol' Country Harmony on Home Free's Country Evolution CD, available on iTunes and Amazon.