Home Free made an unforgettable return to the Grand Ole Opry, to celebrate the release of their patriotic Land of the Free album. The all-vocal group sang a cover of Maren Morris‘ “My Church,” along with “God Bless the U.S.A.,” which appears on their new record. with clips shared of their stunning performances on social media.
— Home Free (@HomeFreeGuys) June 26, 2021
.Home Free’s “God Bless the U.S.A.,” from Land of the Free, earned the group a lengthy standing ovation.
“Still feeling all the feels thinking about the reception we got at the [Opry] on Friday night. Really great day for [Home Free],” Rob Lundquist tweeted.
— Rob Lundquist (@RobLundquist) June 27, 2021
“That probably was a catalyst for this whole project,” Tim Foust tells Everything Nash. “Seeing the way that the fans, and even folks who didn’t know who we were, reacted to ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ We’ve had two versions of that go mega-viral. We released one a few years back that went great. And then the second time around, we got to work with the Lee Greenwood, as well as the Singing Sergeants from the Air Force. So it was a really special thing.”
Home Free returned to live performances with an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry last month,
“It was a mixture of joy and maybe a touch of anxiety,” Tim Foust tells Everything Nash. “There was no easing back into this performance thing. Iit went from not performing for a year and a half to performing on the most sacred stage in country music. Oh. And now there are cameras that broadcast to live television. So it was a little bit like, ‘All right, let’s hope we remember how to do this thing.'”
Their Opry show might have been the first time all five guys performed together in over a year, but it didn’t take them long to feel right at home again.
“It fellt like no time had passed at all in a lot of ways because it was so much fun,” Austin Brown reflects. “We did a couple of songs that we have done a million times, to make sure that we went in there and had as little stress as possible, and could really experience it as much as possible. And it was amazing. It felt like no time had passed. It felt like we were right where we belong. And I think personally, my favorite part of the whole experience was when we arrived there and all the security and the sound guys, they remembered us. They know who we are, and they were happy to see us in a way that you could tell it wasn’t just us; they were glad to be back there.
“Everyone was just so happy to have the opportunity to go to the Opry, and do what we do with the Opry again,” he adds. “It was one of those moments that I’ll remember that moment, that first show back, for the rest of my life.”