The Grand Ole Opry brings country music legends like Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, today’s superstars like Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, and up-and-coming artists together on one stage creating unforgettable shows every week. Into The Circle introduces the newest Opry performers as they make their Grand Ole Opry debut and step into the circle for the first time.
The classic story of how a band all started by playing around with a fiddle may seem unheard of these days, but The Farm – made up of Nick Hoffman, Damien Horne, and Krista Marie – are here to let us know that things like that still happen. The instant harmony, almost instant band, and three blended voices, which produced their current single “Home Sweet Home,” all started when three musicians and a songwriting friend were playing with a fiddle riff, just to see where it might lead. That riff became the hook for their first radio single.
The group is rooted in interlocking voices that have long been a trend and important blend in country music history. From Alabama to Restless Heart (on the Opry March 23) to Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum, this group adds another distinct sound to the music. The three found their way to Nashville by different paths, have had different musical influences, and in some ways consider themselves a representation of the melting-pot mentality.
“There are a lot of bands out there that you could take a member out and not know the difference,” Nick says. “This is not one of those bands. Usually you write around a guitar hook. Instead, I kind of play fiddle like most people play guitar. That’s how we ended up writing ‘Sweet Sweet Sunshine,’ ‘Home Sweet Home’ and several of the other ones that are on the record as well. We started with a fiddle hook, and then it just kind of went from there.”
The group stepped into the Opry circle for the first time Friday night (February 10) for their Opry debut. And somehow, one tweet from the group said it all. They tweeted “3 dreams coming true! What a night at the Grand Ole Opry” with the photo on the right.
“One of the very first things I did after moving to Music City was visit the Grand Ole Opry,” Krista tells keepinitcountry.com. “It was so exciting and intimidating to stand on the stage where 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 has the best seat in the house. I’m honored to be sharing this special moment with my amazing partners, Nick and Damien.”
And we’re looking forward to the next time they are back. Click here to download their single, “Home Sweet Home,” and keep a watch for their debut album set to be released Fall 2012.