Life as it unfolds... by country music song writer Ben Krahne

Hot Talent: Picking Favs from New Country Singers

Rising stars on the country music scene seem to come and go with a regular rythm.  From single song bursts of fame to those who stick around on the country Top 40 for years, this isn't unique to a single genre of music. Currently, there are quite a few new voices and faces breezing into Music City stardom. We've got a nice sampling new country singers, from sexy standalone song writer to trios and full bands.

Some I like better than others. I think the unique sound of The Farm is awesome. That fiddle is hot and really makes the music these guys make stand out from the crowd. This unlikely assortment of band members can really jam out incredible tunes without the presence of a drummer, though the percussion is there mechanically.

My favorite track of theirs is Fresh Off The Farm. It goes completely against the notion that you should always avoid using cliches when writing a song. Instead, the songwriter magically wove a bushel of cliches into one super catchy group of lyrics paired up with fast moving hard country rock. It kind of reminds me of Charlie Daniels and The Devil Went Down To Georgia, but only because of the fiddle. Fresh Off The Farm stands alone and apart, mimicking no other country songs. Nick Hoffman is one mean fiddler.

There isn't one weak singer among the trio either. Each of them has their own unique voice. I can't recall a black man being on the Nashville Scene since Charlie Pride, who was my mother's favorite many years ago. I could have forgotten someone - so don't blast my lapse of memory. Damien is a huge part of why The Farm is truly unique and fabulous. His blues inspired style of singing really adds to the medley and rocks the songs that features him over other group members. Krista Marie shouldn't be ignored. That girl can belt out some lyrics and beautifully too.

Now if the fiddle playing on the Grand Ol Opry had sounded like this decades ago, there wouldn't have been such a need for rock and roll. Guess its just natural progression, the need for something totally different from the past. Perhaps it was the twangy guitar versus the more evolved electric versions in use today.

Why Fresh Off The Farm hasn't made the country music charts is beyond me. Come on radio DJs - if you'd play that track a lot, it would no doubt soar. Unfortunately, there seems to be a behind the scenes protocol over what will become a big hit and what won't. Check it out in the vid below. It's one awesome song even without a studio to touch up the performance and fine tune the sound. Now that's talent with a capital T.


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This post was contributed by Tammy from eBasix, who never wished to become a big Nashville star, though she has managed to wear out two guitars... so far.

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