Sing Me a Song, Cowboy

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Country music with guitar and cowboy clothesThere are few things that get my heart to pitter-pattering more than a deep-voiced cowboy singing. That’s probably why I married my very own bass-singin’ Texan.

I’ve loved music all my life. From being a band nerd through junior high and high school to joining choir in college after I met the aforementioned bass-singin’ Texan. I love to sing, especially when there are rich harmonies. Probably because the church I grew up in (and the one I attend now) worship with a cappella singing. It’s a tradition I cherish, because my heart always soars when I hear those harmonies. And now that my kids are getting older, I can hear all 4 parts on my very own pew! My hubby sings bass, my 17 year-old daughter sings alto, my 15 year-old son sings tenor, I sing the lead soprano, and my 13 year-old youngest hops from part-to-part. I love it!

A couple years ago, my hubby introduced me to a group of a cappella county singers called Home Free. Does he know my sweet spot, or what? Definitely a keeper. Anyway, back to the group. They are made up of a few Minnesota boys, a fella from Georgia, andΒ  . . . you guessed it . . . a bass from Texas. Yee Haw! They won the 4th season of the NBC show The Sing Off back in 2013 and have gone on to have a well established career.

I thought I’d share a small sampling of their music with you today.

In this first one, they get together with the Oak Ridge Boys for a fun rendition of Elvira.

This is one of my favorites – Ring of Fire in honor of Johnny Cash.

And since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a couple with a festive theme. The first is a carol I’ve loved since the first time I heard my three cousins (also singers) perform it at a family Christmas get together when we were all still kids. Do You Hear What I Hear? The second features Home Free with the legendary Kenny Rogers singing Children Go Where I Send Thee.


What are your favorite Christmas carols?

Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at:


  1. Karen, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful videos of Home Free (and guests). I love their acapella sound. They are amazing.

    I have lots of favorite Christmas songs because I love everything Christmas. Of course, “Silent Night”, but my two very favorites are, “O Holy Night” (I love the David Phelps and John Berry versions) and Mark Lowry’s, “Mary Did You Know?”

    Have a blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    1. I love all things Christmas, too, Cindy. πŸ™‚ And Mary Did You Know is one of my biggest favorites. Have you heard the Pentatonix version? They are another a cappella group. If not, you have to check it out. Here:

  2. Thank you for sharing those. I love music as well. πŸ™‚

    Here are a few of my favorite Christmas songs:
    O Holy Night
    Mary, Did you Know?
    Carol of the Bells
    Joy to the World
    One Small Child
    What Child is This?

    1. All great ones, Faith! I love carols in minor keys like What Child is This? and I Wonder as I Wander. I think God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman might be a minor key, too. Somehow they just seem to carry me back to the Jewish setting.

      1. I do, too. I just realized I forgot I Wonder as I Wander, and O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Pretty much anything in a minor key I’ll like. πŸ™‚

  3. This is a great way to start the morning with all of this fantastic music.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Janine. I love a happy song in the morning to get me moving!

  4. What a fun finding! I will be checking that group out now. I love a Capella singing in my church, too.

    1. Wonderful, Susan! Long live harmonies!

  5. I love hearing Kenny sing that song,one of my favorites,,loved all the music,thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks, Vickie. That one with Kenny Rogers was a new on to me as I was search You Tube this week. I loved it! So simple but fun. πŸ™‚

  6. What a treat, Karen! Thanks so much for sharing them. Made my morning.

    1. You’re so welcome, Anne. I hope I put a little pep in your step. πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks for sharing about Home Free. They’re really amazing! My favorite Christmas songs include:

    Mary, Did You Know
    O Holy Night
    Carol of the Bells
    What Child is This
    Three Kings

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Great selections, Vickie! Carol of the bells is such a fun one, whether it is sung or played by an orchestra. Love it!

  8. I love these. I am just fascinated by the beat boxers in A cappella groups. I love Do You Hear What I hear? Its one of the few songs I learned to play on the piano! πŸ˜‰

    1. Isn’t it amazing what sounds they can make? And they never drop a beat. Amazing!

  9. Thanks ks for the sampling of the music of Home Free. I will have to go and subscribe to their site. I love Pentatonic and now these guys. My favorite carols are O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells, Hark thy Harald Angels,and really all of them but these are my most favs.

  10. Can’t seem to spell and auto correct doesn’t seem to let me correctly spell the group name. I know it ends in x but getting it through is almost impossible.

    1. Ha! Gotta love auto-correct. NOT! πŸ™‚ I know what you mean. Pentatonix is a fabulous group. I have two of their Christmas albums. O Holy Night is a beautiful carol. Love that one!

  11. Love it, Karen. Love the Oak Ridge Boys. What do you think of Keith Whitley? He’s my favorite country singer of all time. Before Keith, I didn’t care much for country, after hearing Keith, I couldn’t get enough country. : )

    1. Believe it or not, Kay, I don’t listen to much country music. My husband and I listen to a lot of oldies (60s – 80s), but he doesn’t like country. I like the country sound – always have – but I don’t keep up with current artists. I may have to check out Keith Whitley when the hubby’s not around. πŸ˜‰

  12. Hi Karen! Love all these suggestions and your examples here! I too have loved music all my life–a very eclectic mix. A Cappella gives me goosebumps sometimes–especially the baritone. It is so amazing that people can blend their voices like that.

    My favorite carols? Mary, Did You Know?, What Child is This?, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

    1. I love that blend, Kathryn. πŸ™‚ Music amazes me by how versatile it is. So many styles and sounds. After thousands of years, people are still finding way to make it unique and new.

  13. What a great post! Thank you! Music is a favorite thing around our house and in our cars. We love it!

    1. When I’m alone in the car, I’m always sticking a CD in the player, cranking the volume, and belting out the tunes. Especially at Christmas. πŸ™‚ When others are with me, I try to tone it down, but it’s nearly impossible not to sing along.

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