This past Memorial Day weekend I was on the road, I went from the Inland Empire up to Ojai on Sunday then rode the West Coast Thunder Ride in Riverside California in support of the Riverside National Cemetery. What an amazing day.
I made my way back stage and met Krista Marie. She is a singer, song writer, all around lover of the wind, the sun, anything on two wheels, with a good helping of dirt thrown in. She spent a few minutes with me that afternoon and agreed to speak with me for an interview.
Besides being part of The Farm, I find Krista to be one hell of a woman who works hard and plays hard. She was born and raised in Upstate New York into a musical family; her father was an accomplished classical accordionist and pianist, while her mother taught voice and piano. When they weren’t playing music they ran the family meat market and catering company.
Krista’s training is standard and classical with a very broad reach reflecting in her current style that brings together old rock, classic country and a hint of pop.
As a band, The Farm works together making the stage their playground. The trio of voices includes Nick and Damien. They fit together naturally, creating a harmony based sound that leaves you feeling down home happy and you can’t help but want to jump right out of your seat and grab on to the person closest to you for a swing around the dance floor.
What I really wanted to get at with Krista was her love for motorcycles and I asked her how she wound up with the passion for two wheels.
”It started out when I was 14 and got on the back of a motorcycle, that was when I decided I had to have my own and would never ride on the back again. So I worked all summer long at the 6 Flags Theme Park in Upstate New York saving all my money until I could buy my own. Nobody in my family knew about it, I actually had to keep it my friend’s house. Then eventually my family just had to deal with it because I was just a tried and true lover of the road.”
From there Krista found herself working at a little transmission shop that sponsored a slot car, in joking they said that they should throw Krista in the car. “I’m in.” she says, so she would go from singing the national anthem then run down and jump in the car. “My car came in the top 10 that week, and then the following summer I raced all season.”
She eventually got hooked into motocross at local races, starting with ATV’s. She spent 2 years in Los Angeles working as a stunt woman. During that time she found Glamis which soon became her personal heaven. When she had the time to get away from the noise and traffic that is synonymies with LA she would pack it up and head to the sandy dunes of the southern California desert to play.
Her garage is loaded with race ready a Yamaha 450 and her Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle. Laughing she says: “My dream house is mostly a big garage with a little house and a big kitchen because I love to cook…, but the dream house is little.”
For most of us that ride, we work our 9 to 5 jobs and ride on any given weekend providing that the weather is suitable. For the past year, The Farm has been hammering pretty hard on promoting the Single “Home Sweet Home.” They are on the road more often than not. Krista says “Eventually my dream is having my own tour bus with my trailer behind it, and I assure you, if you see me driving by, all of my toys will be in the trailer at all times.”
Now this is my kinda girl, she’s does not have the “princess syndrome.” She can wrench and get dirty and I’ll bet do about anything that the boys can with style and grace. “I love being on the road,” she muses, “I have gotten to experience it a few times in my travles, being in a town for a day dropping the trailer and meeting the tour bus where ever. Even my little dog Bella loves to ride, I have a back pack she fits in and she loves it. Since she was a puppy I had her out at the motocross track, so she has always been around the loud motors so for her it kinda feels like home. When I get home riding is what I do, it grounds me and relaxes me, I do it every chance I get. Every once in a while when we are out someone will offer us an extra bike. 9 out of 10 times I will take it. Like the West Coast Thunder Ride, Jay of Skip Fordyce hooked us up with bikes and it was just wonderful.”
I asked Krista what it was she really wanted people to know about her, how does she balance the changes in her life? “I can answer this… ” She says, her voice softened a little. “I used to be so worried about what everybody thought about what I was doing and how I handled myself. You know what I learned? As a woman I am becoming more comfortable in my own skin. I know it’s a cliché but I am OK, Anybody that knows me, knows I am far from perfect. I have a lot of imperfections but that is what makes me, me.”
As Krista continued to speak I actually found myself a little choked up. Her word resonated with in me and validated my personal feelings of riding and the freedom it gives me to get into my own head some times and work things out.
“One of the places that really allows me to be me is the road and on a motorcycle. That’s where I feel most at home, the most free, and the most inspirational. That’s where I get my inspiration from for writing or for a show. I was born a free spirit that’s who I am, and who I will be till the day I die. I love the feeling that the open road gives me, and I love seeing other women out there on motorcycles. You know… when you’re out there with other people, you might see a Doctor, a lawyer, a blue color worker, woman, black or white, whatever… It doesn’t matter. When you’re out on a bike and riding together, we are all equal. We are all out for the same thing.”
As I listened to this woman sitting down in Nashville, I thought about her many layers and the pieces of herself that she so willing put out to the world, saying, “Here I am, take or leave it.”
“Riding keeps me grounded, it really allows me to open my eyes to see the beauty of the world around me and appreciate the little things. Our world is so fast paced we don’t stop as often as we should, and when I am on a bike all the stress goes away. The bike is my reminder that I need to stop and smell the roses and appreciate all that I have.”
The Farm will be playing at the Deadwood Mountain Hotel and Casino for 5 days during the Sturgis Rally August 6th through the 9th
Krista added “My friend is trailering my bike to Sturgis so I will get to ride every day”! I could hear the excitement in her voice and I am happy that she will find time to enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Black Hills before she hits the stage with Nick and Damien for a toe tappin’, hard rocking, fast fiddling, good time.
Krista sent me over to Youtube. “Check out the video, Tom Boy, that’s me in a nut shell.” She laughed. “We had such a great time filming that video because it really is who I am.”
So today I will leave with Krista Marie’s Tom Boy: