Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce “The Farm” a fresh single from Backline releases everywhere music is sold, today.
The story Katelyn M. Ingardia, lead singer and primary songwriter for Backline tells us here is a stirring one. Many of us have a family farm in our history or current life and have experienced our sentiments about them. They are, however varying, often potent material for writers – especially in bluegrass. “The Farm” in this story is steeped in U.S History and finds it roots in the Transcontinental Railroad. Kaitlyn further describes her inspiration. “We were finishing up a practice at my parents’ house and Zach started playing the main melody riff of what became “The Farm” over and over again. We all were listening. I then started throwing words out there and right then we came up with the first verse. As I headed home that night, I started to mull over what this story could be. What would we want it to say? I thought about an elderly man I worked with at the peach stand as a teenager, Mr. Jimmy. He would tell me stories of his family farm and growing up there. He told me about many great memories as a boy, but I remember one day he said, “Baby,” (my nickname) “‘I remember the day so clearly when the men in suits came and told my daddy we needed to quit farming and work in the city. They made it more expensive for us to farm and make a living than it was to go on to town and work in the mills. That was the day I wasn’t a farm boy anymore.”‘
A story of legacy, heritage and lots of grit, of a boy who was raised in the fields, in the shadows of the crops and his Mama. The story of a boy who turns into a man bearing the weight of continuing his families’ work and farm, of one who is told to leave the land that he so dearly loves. It’s a story of his past that holds a promise for his future generations, a story he refuses to write “The End” of, unless it’s with bloodshed. We hope you enjoy this piece of work that I know we had a blast writing, arranging, and recording.” Katelyn M. Ingardia