Fiddler Nick Hoffman was named CMA touring musician of the year for his work in Kenny Chesney's band. Damien Horne was writing for Big and Rich's MuzikMafia and opening for John Legend. And singer Krista Marie had made the Billboard charts twice as a solo artist.
But to work together, they'd have to give all that up.
"Someone said, 'We're really going to bet the farm,' " Hoffman recalls.
And that's how these three diverse musicians came to be known as the Farm.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, the trio will play Cowboys Saloon, 1805 S. University Drive, in Davie. Maggie Rose will open the show at 9 p.m., with the Farm to follow. Tickets cost $10 at the door.
The band has already landed a top-20 country hit, "Home Sweet Home," from its self-titled album released in July.
"My dream was to be a solo artist, but I'm delighted to have this kind of success with a trio," Hoffman says. "Each one of is so different personally and musically.
"Somehow, in our case, one plus one plus one equals five."
Hoffman notes that the definition of country music is expanding in many directions, which allows the Farm, with Horne's R&B background and Marie's opera background, to mesh.
"People consume their music differently now," he says. "With iPods, one song might be a country and one might be rock 'n' roll. We're kind of a free-for-all, a musical gumbo."
But the Farm is primarily a country band, Hoffman says, especially because its harmonies invoke traditional bluegrass.
“We have a high tenor and a lead and a low baritone, which gives it that bluegrass vibe,” he says. “The core is country, and that comes from the fact that we all grew up on old country records.”
The band’s next single, “Be Grateful,” reminds listeners that “those who have a steady job that puts food on the table” should stop whining.
“This song means so much, and it means something different to everyone,” Hoffman says. “It’s tough times we live in, but one thing everybody can agree on is that no matter what side you sit on politically, everybody has at least one thing to be grateful about.”
Hoffman says despite the minimal exposure, people have connected with the song.
“The only way people could find it was on YouTube and a clip of us singing it, but people were showing up at acoustic shows and asking for it,” he says. “The song already had legs.”