Thursday, July 6, 2017
Well howdy Home Fries and curious readers! I know I haven’t been writing much lately, but life has had some interesting plot twists for me and I’m still recovering. Home Free, however seems to be on a roll. New videos, a new tour and more milestones! But it seems to me they did something recently that has just blown away their fans. Both the fans that were there to witness this phenomenal show of talent and love for their fans and those of us that got to see the video of this completely soul staggering performance.
I wasn’t at this outdoor concert but on June 17th Home Free was performing at the Kearney Amphitheater when a rather big storm was building around them. The city personnel told everyone to get under the pavilion, three songs into the Home Free concert. They were escorted off the stage to a safe place. Many of the fans, however, stayed behind to wait out the storm, which included a walk in the rain to the pavilion. An estimation from one of my friends that was there, was that there were close to 1500 people at the concert and about 700-800 left, the rest stayed. Approximately twenty minutes later, here comes Austin, Tim, Rob, Chance and Adam on that same walk in the rain and they stand up on a picnic table. We are very thankful that security stayed with our boys and kept them safe. Tim explained that the storm was not going anywhere, but they wanted to come out and share one acoustic song for the fans that stuck around. Austin begins to tell everyone, as loud as he can, to gather close and they will perform probably their most successful song, so far. He tells everyone to get close and be real quiet. And among lighting, thunder and rain, on a picnic table and no mics, these five men proceed to sing How Great Thou Art. Do you have chills yet, because I do!
I’m watching this video and I can barely hear the pitch pipe and the guys humming. I fear I won’t be able to hear them. Silly me! They came in with sweet harmony and then there came the thunder. You know what I mean, Tim. His strong booming voice gently brings this off mic beauty into full blown perfection. That big voice softly gets the crowds attention and even the storm outside couldn’t be heard. I sat back in my chair and took a deep breath as Tim resonates the gorgeous words. The harmony is soulful and dulcet.
Without knowing how this was going to affect me, Rob started singing. To say I got chills and my heart fluttered, is just the beginning. When Rob sang, I cried, plain and simple. His voice was pure, saintly and simply divine. We all knew how beautiful Rob’s voice is, but in this setting with no mics and bad weather and the fans so close, he made me cry. I was so taken aback by the sheer exquisiteness of his vocals. Beyond words.
I think Austin could do every concert without a mic. So much power this young man possesses. Power, talent and emotion. Every time he hits that one note on “soul” in the chorus my stomach would quiver and I’d close my eyes and take in his magnificent voice.
So at this point, I’m a mess and the song isn’t even half over. Then Adam gets his solo and I couldn’t help but smile like a proud mama. You know that feeling when your kid gets a small solo in a choir concert. Adam is so known for this remarkable vocal percussion talent that when he sang with such a pleasing voice, I was full of pride.
Oh, but their voices weren’t the only thing that was amazing that night, as they get close to the end of the song and sing the words “…I shall bow in humble adoration…” the lights go out briefly, the thunders rolls and the lightning flashes, as if the skies and the powers that be, approve. But the guys never break, they keep this lovely hymn going.
And then Rob brings this song home with a stunning note and they end on a brilliant chord. My heart is thumping, I have chills, I’m smiling and crying, I’m completely overwhelmed by this single performance. However, when they finally finished the roar of sheer astonishment and gratitude from the crowd was deafening and staggering. I was almost as moved by the crowd’s reaction as I was by Home Free singing. Almost! What an incredible treat for the fans that braved the storm and what an incredible group of men to come back out in that storm to share their greatest success, off mic, with their dedicated fans.
My fave five guys of Home Free never cease to amaze me. I can’t wait to see what they do next. I’m certain whatever it is, it will make someone’s day, fill someone’s heart and make someone smile from ear to ear. They can quiet a thunder storm or simply make it the ideal background for a song like How Great Thou Art. I’m a little jealous of those that got to hear this live, but I’m grateful for those that shared their experience with us.
Before I leave you, let me make mention of one other man that needs to be recognized. I was told that this concert at the Kearney Amphitheater was dedicated by Home Free to Mr. Ed Haney. Ed was not just a fan, he was THE fan! I never got to meet Ed or his wife Lisa, but everyone knew them and loved them. Ed passed away shortly before this concert and he will be missed by so many people, Home Fries and non-Home Fries alike. He was an important and adored figure in the Kearney school district. His concert photos of Home Free were the best and I can only hope to be half as good as he was, some day. Ed now has the best seat in the house for every concert. Here’s to you, Ed.
Home Free your gift to your fans was soul riveting, thank you!
Here’s a couple links to videos from this surprise acoustic version of How Great Thou Art.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Hey y’all, I’m back! Home Free has gone and done it again. I had to take time out of my busy schedule and watch a new video, over and over, so I could blog about how much I love it! Darn the luck! Think a Little Less, what a song. This song just does something to you when you hear it. And, of course, Home Free puts their unique spin on it, then adds their boyish charm to the video and BAM, another video to make the fans go…Oh My!
The song, alone, makes women swoon and guys want to hold their ladies a little closer. Home Free’s video makes me feel like I just went on the dream date of a lifetime! So much fun, all of them. Dinner was romantic and yummy (pretty flowers but Rob is better); the movie and popcorn were just right (and a hidden Reese’s, yum), the carriage ride was a fairy tale come true (the blanket was a nice touch), the underwater sea life tunnel was incredible (Austin in the bubble, too cute, and turtle!) and the drinks and conversation or song were the perfect ending (the head nod at the end by Chance, sigh). I hope we get a second date! Oh wait, well I still had an amazing time! Their smiles can make your heart flutter.
Chance sang this song with sheer smooth splendor. He is provocative, suave and inviting. Can I just say, with more simplicity, wow. My fave five guys of Home Free did a fantastic job with their dates and with this song. These guys have harmony in their blood, talent from their souls and an aura of pure adorable with some to spare. I don’t know how they continue to make videos that the fans crave and pick songs that they give their style and make better. Their one of kind sound gives music so much depth and emotion. I know I’m not alone when I say that Home Fries sit at the edge of the seat when they see a Patreon email or post from Home Free with a new video. Some of us even pull over on the side of the road to watch it, because we can’t wait until we get where we’re going first. Great job on the song gentlemen and super cute video!
So, quick funny story, my anniversary it coming up soon and I think I need to play this video repeatedly, in my husband's presence, to send a message. Otherwise we’ll spend the evening watching the NFL draft, which is not a date I saw in this video. #poorlychosenweddingdate #hubbydidmentiongoingdancing #twosteppineven #thinkalittleless
I’m getting a little antsy about when I will get to see Home Free in concert again, but I’m certain it will happen, this year! #subliminalsuggestionComeBackToTexas #NOWplease But, in the meantime, I’m going to watch this video, again!
Check out Home Free on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFuNYrqAcsmSjgqYMvxOqw
Monday, April 10, 2017
It’s time, once again to dive into, yet another, Home Free video sensation with over a million views since March 31st. But first, I think we can all agree that Blue Ain’t Your Color by Keith Urban is a very seductive song and Keith is a wonderful fit for this beauty. Now enter Home Free and their unique style and music of unmatched depth. They take this sultry song and turn up the heat!
Rob’s sweet voice has wow'd us with songs like Honey I’m Good, Colder Weather and 9 to 5. However, this song takes the number one spot on the “holy smoke that boy can sing” list for Rob! His suave, silky tones gave me heart shivers. I love it! IMHO, he also ties Adam for the best dance moves. Rob was killing it in this baby. He had me at “I can see you over there…”
After melting with Rob’s charming start to this song, then comes Chance and it starts all over again. His smooth, alluring voice and engaging almost sad delivery was simply irresistible (was he singing to me?). I found myself starting the song over after Chance’s solo, just to hear Rob and Chance get things started again and again. This performance by Chance definitely hits you in the heart strings.
Of course, what sets Home Free apart from other performers is the all-encompassing musical talent they bring. From the sweet harmony of Austin, Rob and Chance, to the low hums and thumps of Tim to the always unbeatable percussion of Adam, whether it’s foot stomping or simple yet significant. This song has every last bit of this unrivaled Home Free awesome (as I call it). Not to mention those adorable dance moves that they guys had to learn. They’ve come a long way since the Sing Off. Their hard work paid off though, they looked quite fetching, especially with those splashes of blue!
Videos such as this, is what keeps the Home Fries, their fans, coming back for more. More harmony, more bass, more vocal percussion, more sultry voices and more of the fun, talent and delight that Home Free produces. Seeing them live is the ultimate adventure, though. I missed them in Texas this Spring, but I’m very hopeful they come back in the fall. You can see their tour dates on http://homefreemusic.com/.
If, for some reason, you haven’t seen Home Free’s video of Keith Urban’s Blue Ain’t Your Color, stop what you’re doing and watch it NOW!
The video above has the following links to purchase this song from iTunes or stream from Spotify: