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Rob Lundquist from the band Home Free Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Rob Lundquist from the band Home Free Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Answer: We’ve been told we’re country music’s only all-vocal group – so when you hear us live, we don’t have any instruments or tracks backing us. All the sounds you hear are our voices, and our voices only. We got our start covering songs by artists of all genres. Then, when we won NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2013, it really propelled us forward in our career, and we began realizing how much we loved country music, in particular. Over the years, we’ve worked on our craft, becoming even more confident in the genre, and we’ve gone from releasing mostly cover tunes to almost all original music. (And if you want an idea of what we do, just check out our YouTube – we have over 327 MILLION views!)

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD, and how's it doing?
Answer: We released our fifth studio album, DIVE BAR SAINTS, on September 6, and fans are absolutely loving it. It even debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart! This album is particularly special because it features more original music than we’ve ever released in the past – 10 out of 12 songs are Home Free originals – which is really cool.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?
Answer:  DIVE BAR SAINTS is actually named after one of the tracks on the album that we felt not only defined the project, as a whole, but also epitomized us, as a group. Like the song says, 'everybody’s welcome,' and we mean that — we want people from all walks of life to find comfort in what we create.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
Answer: Creating this album was a really fun process for us because we had a ton of songwriters submit music to be considered for the project. We ended up finding some of our favorite songs of all time because of that. To top it all off, two guys in the group – Tim Foust and Austin Brown – also had writing credits on the album, so that made DIVE BAR SAINTS even more special. 

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?
Answer:  DIVE BAR SAINTS features more original music than any other album we’ve released in the past. With 10 out of 12 songs being original tracks, it has been so cool to watch our fanbase react to the new music and really embrace us as creators.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?
Answer:  We have all the creative control in our music because we’re lucky enough to own everything we do. DIVE BAR SAINTS is the first album we’ve released under our own record label, Home Free Records, so we had total freedom in the creation process, which was refreshing. When it comes to cover songs, we arrange everything together, and it’s always in the way we want it to sound – nobody else controls that.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
Answer: Our fan base (also known as the “Home Fries”) is absolutely incredible. They are so supportive, and they feel more like family than fans. We try to do meet & greets before and after most of our shows, so we get a ton of facetime with them, and we can’t count the number of times a fan has told us a touching story about one of our songs affecting their lives in some way. It’s honestly the best feeling in the world to know that people not only appreciate your music, but that it also managed to play a role in their lives at some point.

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?
Answer: The fact that we use zero instruments or tracks makes us different from most groups out there – and in country music, we’re the only group that does that. We have to arrange every single song we sing in a different way because our performances involve only one thing – our voices.

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?
Answer:  We just want them to know that we cannot wait to get across the pond, see some familiar faces and hopefully a bunch of new ones too! We’ve been looking forward to getting back over to Europe since our last tour, so this leg of our DIVE BAR SAINTS WORLD TOUR can’t come soon enough!

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?
 Answer: We’re all over the place – but CMA Music Festival, which takes place every summer in Nashville, Tennessee, and is basically a big country music party – that’s one of our favorite times of the year. They’ll definitely be able to catch us there. And if they want to know where to find us any other time, head on over to http://homefreemusic.com/ to see our full tour schedule.

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?
Answer: That list is very long, we’d love to say we’ve performed on every continent (Antarctica might be tough). We still have 3 more states to hit in the U.S. There are too many venues and countries to list though.

Lamitschka:  When you’re on tour, do you have time to play tourist?
Answer: It depends on the day, but usually yes. Our crew are the ones that work hard all day setting up all the production while we get the morning and afternoon off. A lot of us try to get in a workout at the gym on a show day and if it’s somewhere that we’re excited to explore we’ll go out and see the sites. We all consider ourselves to be foodies and try out the local fare wherever we go.

Photo Credit: David McClister

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