The Ross Farm presents a couple of firsts as it closes out its 2016 concert season on Sunday, Nov. 6. After seven successful concerts headlined by male musicians playing rock, Americana and singer-songwriter ballads, this eighth concert offers up female duo Granville Automatic, with Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez, opening up for Kyle Cox, and Americana-folk singer-songwriter. Both Granville Automatic and Kyle Cox bring a strong country influence to their music. While this will be the first show with an all-female group and a focus on country music, it will in many ways be just like the seven previous shows – filled with great music from talented musicians in the bucolic and intimate setting in the heart of Basking Ridge, NJ. The doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the music starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are selling now at www.rossfarm.org/event/kyle-cox-granville-automatic for $20, which includes free light refreshments.
Cox emphasizes the importance of song with every melody and lyric, and takes pride in being a student of songwriting, drawing inspiration from peers and legends alike, while never letting his unique voice get lost. He recently released a five-song EP, Trio and Friends, paying homage to Willie Nelson, John Prine and Johnny Cash. Cox has done everything from opening up for more established acts in packed venues to playing for smaller, more intimate living room crowds. Whatever the size of the venue or crowd, he has an innate ability to connect with the listener through his songs in a deep and personal level.
The Associated Press calls Granville Automatic’s songs as “haunting tales of sorrow and perseverance.” Horses, history and war are just some of the topics these songwriters prefer – all fitting subjects for a band named after a 19th-century typewriter. With sonic references such as Lyle Lovett, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Granville Automatic has created a quiet and lyrical sound devoted to telling stories from the past. Their latest album is An Army Without Music.
The Ross Farm music series kicked off in April with MikelParis, the keyboard player from O.A.R. who spent two days on the property filming and playing music then moved on to Scott Mickelson, an Americana-folk musician, from the West Coast. The second annual Rock the Barn show had folks ‘dancing in the dark’ to a Bruce Springsteen cover on a cool May evening prepared especially for a Jersey crowd by Columbus, OH indie-rockers Nick D’ and the Believers. June welcomed two musicians who first played in the barn together on a cold day in October 2015. JD Eicher brought his percussionist and inaugurated the Tack House patio as a very cool concert stage with an audience that gathered on blankets and lawn chairs with picnics. Christian Lopez brought his band and whipped up the audience on a stormy June night with the End of America also returning for an awesome opening set. A little break over the summer left the Ross Farm audience very excited to welcome Lopez back for an unprecedented third concert at the Farm when he was on tour with Voice alum Tony Lucca and singer-songwriter Alex Dezen. The Farm’s traditional History Weekend activities were spiced up with the addition of a concert in the barn by Brooks Hubbard, a young singer-songwriter from Nashville.
The Ross Farm is owned by the Somerset County Parks Commission and supported by the Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Friends group aims to create educational and cultural events that enhance the public’s understanding of the historical legacy of the estate and the contributions of the Elias Boudinot, Samuel Southard and Edmund Ross families. These live music events have attracted audiences from Basking Ridge and throughout New Jersey, as well as bringing visitors from New York and Pennsylvania and as far away as West Virginia, Ohio and Illinois.
More details can be found on Facebook at The Ross Farm – Basking Ridge and on the website RossFarm.org.