Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Artist you should be listening to: Home Free

The musical thunderbolt. Partly inspired by an episode of The Golden Girls, this is what I've taken to calling those times when you basically love a singer or band from the very first time you hear them. I don't know about the rest of you, but it generally takes me a while to love an artist. Even if I like them from the beginning. The love usually comes in later. Usually. My assumption is that it's like this for most people most of the time. Which makes getting hit by the musical thunderbolt so powerful. It's like the stars have perfectly aligned themselves to bring you the perfect act at the perfect time.

To date I have had this happen six times. Rascal Flatts was the first. Little Big Town, Eric Church and Chris Young were the next three. Then there was Parmalee and now? Now there's Home Free. I've always said I was a sucker for harmony and I think this kind of proves it. It's been about a month since I first found out about Home Free, but they've already made a pretty significant impact on me. I'm loving music in a way I haven't in a long time thanks to these five guys. So let's talk about them.

First the basics. Home Free is an a cappella country group. You know what that means, right? No instruments. The exception to this being a song on their Christmas album that features a guest violinist. But everything else you hear? Just their five voices and the occasional hand clap. These guys were not only featured on NBC's fourth season of The Sing Off; they won it.

The line up. I find it slightly ironic that the last time I was hit by the musical thunderbolt was with Parmalee. Why? Because both they and Home Free include a pair of brothers, one of whom is responsible for the drums and percussion. Parmalee has the brothers Thomas and Home Free has the brothers Rupp. Chris and Adam Rupp to be exact. So what are their roles in the group, you ask? Find out after the break.