Dive Bar Saints World Tour
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Getting around the endless debates about instrumentation and eras in country music, the five members of Home Free are all about what has always, inarguably been at the core of country music: the human voice.
That Home Free is country music’s only real a cappella group is a novelty that, on-the-radio or on-record, might have a way of tricking the ear. In concert, of course, it’s a different story. All-at-once, from first row to last; audience’s jaws drop at the first listen of all those voices in action, followed by nodding, dancing (even crying) as the Home Free’s powerful musical storytelling unfolds.
Home Free are returning with their fourth studio album, Dive Bar Saints, and that most critical element remains intact. Listening to the leadoff track, “Remember This,” you might wonder if they’ve finally just given in and added instrumentation to their previously all-vocal catalog. Not to worry; that’s just an illusion. “We're completely a cappella. At all times,” Tim Foust assures us, laughing that the question still comes up. Foust is the bass player of the group… the bass voice player, that is. When asked if they might ever consider giving Nashville’s finest studio musicians some employment, “Never say never,” he says, “but that's what sets us apart. I mean, when we collaborated with Charlie Daniels, we let him play his fiddle, but that's about it.”
Dive Bar Saints is their first album since they took full control of their recording career. Home Free had been on a major label ever since finding national fame winning NBC’s “The Sing-Off” a cappella competition show in 2013, after more than a decade on the road. On Dive Bar Saints, ten of the twelve tracks are newly penned songs—the greatest amount of original material they’ve ever included on an album—with two band members stepping up in a big way as featured co-writers.
To some of Home Free’s fans, making an album of almost exclusively new tunes, might be seen as a shift away from what the fans have come to know and love—the only country group in the world that delivers joltingly fresh, new all-vocal arrangements of well-known songs from in and out of the genre. The group asked the fans if they’d mind an album of predominantly unheard songs, and those devotees made their own voices heard: The “covers” part isn’t what we care about most — don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Between the one-of-a-kind nature of the group, their established global appeal, and the types of theaters they usually play, Home Free are not exactly what you would call a “bar band.” On this Dive Bar Saints World Tour, the group will be playing about a hundred shows in sixteen nations, triumphantly returning to the UK for the fourth time and for the first time, hitting other European countries like Italy and Switzerland. The U.S. leg of the tour will be capped off by a special two-night stand at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium. All to say: very few actual honky-tonks are on the itinerary.
Founding member, Adam Rupp, provides the group’s percussion sounds and beatboxing, which makes for some of the most show-stopping live moments, but also some of the subtlest undercurrents. Other members shifted slightly through years of touring, leading to the current lineup, most of whom went on “The Sing-Off” and subsequently signed with Sony for a string of four albums that all debuted in the country top 10. “The Midwesterners are definitely outnumbered by the Southerners now,” says Foust. “So there's a lot more ‘might could’ being said in the group....That's an expression we have in the South that I didn’t realize was unique until I started working with people that weren’t from the South.”
Points out Lundquist, whose surname may be a giveaway that he is not one of the Southerners, “Tim Foust joining the group in 2012 was a game-changer for Home Free, big time. When he actually made that switch and he became a full-time member, we exploded after that. He’s a big reason why we are where we are today.” Without taking that much credit, Foust acknowledges that he “shared more country with the group, and that led to us covering some Josh Turner, which was fitting for my deeper voice.” Austin Brown, who’s also a Southern guy, joined in 2013. Then Adam Chance, the group’s baritone and newest addition, joined in 2016.
Says Brown about Dive Bar Saints, “We’re so excited about this record, not just because we’ve got ten original songs on it...but because there’s such a dynamic range. There are faster party songs and slower, more intimate songs.”
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