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During the holiday season, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the chaos of our own lives. Nick Hoffman from the Farm took some time out of his schedule to pair up with FM 106.1 in Milwaukee for “Random Acts of Gratefulness.” Set to the Farm’s new song, “Be Grateful,” if this video doesn’t bring a smile to your face, we just might have to call you the Grinch.
THE FARM‘s first single “Home Sweet Home” is currently climbing the country charts, and the Warner Music Nashville band will be streaming a special performance and Q&A session for their fans tomorrow, June 26th at 5:00PM CST. THE FARM is made up of Nick Hoffman (vocals, fiddle), Damien Horne (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Krista Marie (vocals, guitar). Their self-titled album will be hitting stores on July 17, 2012, but make sure to check out www.thefarmmusic.com and don’t miss this exciting live stream!
Country music songwriting trio THE FARM made a big announcement on their Facebook page last night. Their debut album will finally be released on July 17th to both digital and physical music retailers. Their self-titled album will feature their current single, and the first song they ever wrote together, “Home Sweet Home.”
Here’s a little bit on what the group had to say about this big piece of news:
“Dreams do come true….
We poured our hearts and souls into this music… A SPECIAL thanks to Country Radio, our co-producer: Danny Myrick, all the great songwriters that we co-wrote with, Warner/Elektra Records, New Revolution, our managers & agents and especially to ALL THE FARM FANS for your support!!!”
Read the announcement on their Facebook page here and wish the group luck! You’ll be seeing a lot more from them this year, and they were chosen as one of our Ones To Watch for 2012. Read our exclusive interview with Damien Horne, Nick Hoffman and Krista Marie right here on Keepin’ it Country.
Here at Keepin’ it Country, we value songwriting and real country music. Country music has always been about the song writing and story telling, and our next act in our “Ones To Watch” feature is the shining example of that. I had the chance to sit down with THE FARM shortly after their Grand Ole Opry debut. THE FARM is made up of three song writing best friends: Krista Marie, Nick Hoffman (who has been part of Kenny Chesney‘s band for years,) and Damien Horne. The three sat down together in 2010 to write a song, and then, as they share in our interview, the rest became history. Find out exactly how the trio decided they were “all-in” and why we think we’ll be seeing big things from the group over the next few years.
Krista, Nick, and Damien share what it was like to play the Grand Ole Opry, how hard it is for Krista to work with two boys every day, what Nick learned from Kenny Chesney, and what fans can expect from their debut album expected out later this year. THE FARM is Keepin’ it Country’s Ones To Watch for 2012:
Today’s picture of the day is Elektra Nashville country music trio THE FARM backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. The group played the Opry stage on April 6th, 2012 – which was exactly two years from the date the trio formed after an impromptu writing session in Nashville. It was that first song together that is currently serving as the trio’s lead single. “Home Sweet Home” is in the top 25 country singles currently being played on country radio.
The group originally made their debut as a songwriting trio on the Opry stage back in February, when I had the chance to sit down with them for an interview which will appear on our site later this week. THE FARM is made up of Nick Hoffman (fiddle, vocals), Damien Horne (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Krista Marie (vocals, guitar). They performed with a full band on their April appearance, with both their first single “Home Sweet Home,” and “Be Grateful” which will also appear on their debut album.
PHOTO: Krista Marie; Danny Myrick (Co-producer; Co-writer “Home Sweet Home”) Nick Hoffman, Damien Horne.
THE FARM will be releasing their debut album on All-In Records/Elektra Nashville later this year.
Country music trio The Farm will finally be making their Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday, February 10th. It’s an exciting accomplishment for any country music artist, especially this group. Krista Marie shared her excitement:
“One of the very first things I did after moving to Music City, was visit the Grand Ole Opry. It was so exciting and intimidating to stand on the stage where all the legends have played. The last time my grandmother came to visit, she said, ‘I can’t wait until the day that you are playing here. I won’t miss it.’ It’s now two years since she passed, but I know that she will be there, and have the best seat in the house. I’m honored to be sharing this special moment with my amazing partners, Nick and Damien.””
Damien Horne believes that the moment has a special place because of who he is:
“Playing the Grand Ole Opry is a dream of all dreams, as an artist, a fan and an African American. I am honored and humbled by this opportunity.”
Nick Hoffman is just as excited as his two partners. He had the last word on the big moment:
“Being invited to play the Grand Ole Opry is, simply put, a dream come true. As a fiddle player, one of my earliest inspirations was and still is the great Opry star Roy Acuff. When I first saw him spin his bow and play that fiddle on TV, I knew that Nashville was the place for me. All of my heroes are Opry Stars. I still spin my bow around on stage as a bit of a tribute to Mr. Acuff. It’ll be one of the great moments of my life to stand where they stood.”
Although it hasn’t been released to radio quite yet, the debut single of The Farm is creating quite the stir among social networking sites, like Twitter. The group, made up of Damien Horne, Krista Marie, and Nick Hoffman (who plays fiddle and guitar for Kenny Chesney), was signed to Warner Music Nashville in April of this year. The single isn’t set to release to radio until next month, but I couldn’t help but give it a listen. And I’m real glad I did.
The #Road2FarmAid, announced last week, is one of many ways that Farm Aid is connecting with fans as it gears up for its annual benefit concert on Sept. 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The #Road2FarmAid, which officially launched Aug. 28 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, invites stories from people who are attending the Farm Aid 2013 concert and anyone wanting to share their own vision for strong farm and food communities. Participants who tag their photos and videos on social media sites will be eligible to win a grand prize of two front-row tickets to Farm Aid 2013, which sold out after just four days. Details about photo and video contest eligibility are available at farmaid.org/contest.
”Everybody has a role to play in the Good Food Movement – each one of us can take action to support family farmers with our food choices and at the ballot box,” said Jennifer Fahy, a spokesperson for Farm Aid. “The #Road2FarmAid is an invitation to engage in a conversation about family farmers and the good food they produce. It’s a celebration of family farm agriculture with an added bonus: people can win some cool prizes!”
Farm Aid also announced today that Jamey Johnson, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Lenat, Insects vs. Robots and The Blackwood Quartet have joined the already star-studded Farm Aid 2013 lineup.
A webcast from Farm Aid 2013 will air Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 11 p.m. EDT at farmaid.org. The webcast will feature artist performances and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2013, including interviews with artists, farmers and fans; demonstrations from the HOMEGROWN Village, where concertgoers engage in interactive exhibits about farming and food; a look at Farm Aid’s signature HOMEGROWN Concessions®, which brings family farm food to concertgoers; and a peek into the production side of things, showcasing what it takes to produce this major music, food and farming festival.
The Farm Aid 2013 concert will also be broadcast live on Willie Nelson‘s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (56) and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com, on Sept. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. EDT. The live broadcast will also include behind-the-scenes coverage and backstage interviews with host Dallas Wayne.
In addition, for the first time, concertgoers will be able to access the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2013 mobile app, which will be available soon for iPhone and Android devices. Fans will be able to view the entire Farm Aid 2013 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day.
Farm Aid 2013 is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Family Insurance, Horizon Organic, American Harvest, Rudi’s Bakery, Organic Valley, Applegate, Greener Fields Together, EcoScraps, PLOTSAVER and Taste NY.
The weather may have been cool but the music was most definitely hot. Yesterday, (09/16) a crowd of a few thousand gathered at Ottawa Stadium for a great cause, as well as great music.
Farm Aid Ottawa, put on by DNA Presents, featured performances by great Canadian country talent to raise money that would go directly to farmers to assist them with inflated feed prices and buying seeds for next year’s crop.
Early in the afternoon, Jordan McIntosh, Gail Gavan and Ambush took to the stage to perform a few of their songs. Shortly after, Jason Blaine‘s presence became well known as several female fans spotted him beside the stage asking for pictures. A group of girls immediately assembled to wait for pictures with the country star who took the time to talk to and take pictures with each one of them.
Country music’s own Luke Bryan has just announced plans for a fourth annual Farm Tour. The latest edition will kick off in October, with eight concerts planned in the Southern United States. Four of those dates will be in his home state of Georgia. The tour’s first date is in Claxton, GA. Tickets for the first four dates are on-sale today through lukebryan.com/farmtour.
Each date includes a tailgate and coolers are allowed at the shows. Here’s the dates for Luke’s Farm Tour 2012:
Oct 3 – Claxton, GA – Longneedle Farm
Oct 4 – Clemson, SC – Campus Beach
Oct 5 – Auburn, AL – Adams Farm
Oct 6 – Valdosta, GA – TBA
Oct 10 – Villa Rica, GA – TBA
Oct 11 – Athens, GA – Tucker Plantation
Oct 12 – Tallahassee, FL – TBA
Oct 13 - Macon, GA – Midway at Central City Park