The Farmer & Adele
With the sounds of classic songwriting in their music and the future in their sights, The Farmer & Adele are reimaging the modern cowboy/cowgirl while respecting its beginnings. Based out of Nashville, TN, The Farmer & Adele – led by Grace Adele and Keenan Wade – leads the pack of a new wave of musicians revitalizing western swing music. With a star-studded record, award nominations and their own morning radio show, The Farmer & Adele are a one-two punch of classic meets modern.
The band’s debut effort, Into the Wide Open Sky, combines original compositions rooted in familiar styles of the American landscape. Traces of classic country, jazz and Tin Pan Alley songwriting interweave throughout the group’s top-notch musicianship. The record also features a collaborative guest appearance from Grammy Award-winning western swing icons Riders In The Sky, who back the band throughout the album’s eight tracks.
The Farmer & Adele also host their own daily radio show. “On The Trail with The Farmer & Adele” features cuts of classic tunes and original songs performed by the band. The segment regularly brings in guest hosts who share a love of cowboy music including Ranger Doug of Riders In The Sky, Lisa Sutton (Lynn Anderson’s daughter), and Reluctant Cowboy Chris Bauer, among others. The show is sponsored by D’Addario and airs worldwide every morning on WSM Route 650 Americana. The band is also featured regularly on 650 AM WSM as the house band during the station’s Grand Ole Opry pre-show and live radio spot coverage.
The Farmer & Adele have also quickly rooted themselves into the fabric of music communities near and far. Into the Wide Open Sky was selected to be featured as part of Nashville Public Library’s Boombox series, a closely curated music collection highlighting the best artists in Nashville. Most recently, the band was nomination by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for Best Western Swing Group. Also, their annual Country and Western Christmas Party tour is a beloved tradition that travels annually nationwide, featuring classic Christmas tunes, original holiday songs and their own take on The Nutcracker with a western swing twist.
Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band
Russ Varnell was born May 31, 1975. He was born and raised all his life in Black Creek NC. Russ says ” My parents raised me up listening to 100% hardcore traditional country music.” Russ says he grew up watching “HEE HAW”, “Porter Wagoner Show” on TV and listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio with his parents whenever they could get it to come in clear enough on their old home clock radio.
Russ musical influences are: George Jones, Merle Haggard, Elvis, Hank Sr., Ernest Tubb, Del Reeves, Don Rich, Red Simpson and most of all the Legendary Buck Owens! “I’m 100% a traditional real country singer” says Russ. “Nothing makes me more upset and let down than when I see and hear singers in our industry who claim to be country and then watch them sound like a rock or anything but a country singer!” “I sometimes think that my generation doesn’t even know what a country singer supposed to sound like.”
In the late 1990’s a lifelong dream came true for Russ when on a crazy idea he decided to buy a plane ticket to Bakersfield Calif. just to go meet and see his idol and hero Buck Owens perform at his Country Music Nightclub in California. Little did Russ or anyone ever realize that he and his hero Buck would become friends and especially no one thought that Buck would invite Russ up to perform at the annual Buck Owens Birthday Party in Calif. Since then Russ has been honored to perform with Buck and the Legendary Buckaroos on several different occasions in California.