Ross Farm offers one more summer Saturday night of live music
The Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate have one more concert on the summer schedule this Saturday evening, July 27. The Young Fables, a new country duo from Nashville, will open the show for returning indie-folk favorites, The End of America. Gates open at 6 p.m. to give guests ample time to enjoy their own picnics or strolling around the grounds before the concert begins at 7 p.m.
The End of America quickly became a Ross Farm favorite when they appeared during the first season of live music in the Music Room of estate home and have since played to growing audiences in the historic barn and on the Tack House patio. They are a band of friends who met on the road and found a kindred spirit in one another. The Philadelphia/NYC trio credit their name to Jack Kerouac’s On The Road — relating to travelling “across the groaning continent” in search of inspiration. The sound is centered on their voices, weaving three distinct leads into captivating harmonies over a solid foundation of folk, rock, and Americana. Fans often draw comparison to Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Avett Brothers, and Dawes. James Downes, Trevor Leonard and Brendon Thomas were all frontmen of other projects, but in 2010 they joined forces to record their live debut EP, Steep Bay. Since then they have released two EPs and one LP, writing songs that are rich with “soul-striking harmonies and folk-rock melodies.” –WXPN, The Key.
The band made their debut at the 2016 Philadelphia Folk Festival and were voted “Favorite New Artist” of the festival. In 2017 the band won the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, returning in 2018 to perform as FRFF’s “Most Wanted” band. The End of America is known for having a powerful live show that highlights their dynamic songwriting, harmonies and playful stage banter. They have performed at festivals across the East Coast and Midwest and have shared stages with the likes of Beck, David Bromberg, Larry Campbell, Mandolin Orange, Wild Child, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and Rocky Votolato.
Responding to current music-consuming trends, TEOA is blazing new trails in the digital age by ditching the album format and releasing a new song each month for the remainder of 2019, beginning in June with “Break Away,” and adding “Monsters” just last week.
Recently added to the bill, The Young Fables are the promising modern traditional country duo comprised of three-time American Idol vet Laurel Wright and accomplished guitarist and vocalist Wesley Lunsford. Hailing from Maryville, TN, The Young Fables have appeared with such notable acts as Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Randy Houser, The Band Perry and Chris Lane. Quickly becoming a breakthrough face on the country scene, outlets like the world-renown “The Boot,” “NASH Country Daily,” the UK’s “Think Country” and TN Vacation all spotlighted this emerging act. Capturing the attention of three of the industry’s most revered names, Keith Urban said they “had me immediately”, Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta praised “a flawless vocal” and Sheryl Crow boasted “as good as any country singer out there.”
Earlier this month, the band released a sneak-peek of “Fable of a Song,” a documentary chronicling the songwriting process behind their song, “Daddy’s Girl,” and the unimaginable events that followed the release of the song.
A suggested donation of $20 for adults and $5 for students helps support the Ross Farm Music Series, along with the Band of Friends program and local business sponsors. Learn more about the Ross Farm at www.RossFarm.org and follow them on social media platforms – Facebook @TheRossFarm as well as Twitter and Instagram @RossFarmBR.
The Ross Farm is located at 135 N. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge. The Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of volunteers that plans and executes events at the historic 50+ acre site. The group was recently honored with the 2019 Bernards Township Mayor’s Arts Award for a community organization and the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission’s Excellence in the Arts Award, also in the organization category. In addition to live music, the group hosts a number of visual art, education and historical events. The Ross Farm is also home to Boudinot’s Giving Garden, manned by volunteers, with all the produce being donated to Somerset County food banks and soup kitchens.