It was almost exact 2 years ago to the day, Millie and I sang at an open mic night at Puckett’s in Leipers Fork. A friend of ours had invited us to come and see another artist she was working with. We had never heard of the place. I didn’t even bring a guitar that night. We hadn’t planned to sing but you know how it is, the bug bit us and we signed up. Up until that fateful night, we had not planned to be a performing family band. We were happy to just play around the house together.
We moved to Nashville with the intention of Millie becoming a recording artist and Andy a studio musician. That night at Puckett’s changed our life! And, we have had many more life changing events at Puckett’s since that night. The owner, Rob Robinson, not only convinced me that a family band was worth pursuing, but that using our last name was better that the made up name we were originally going by. We met a host of people at Puckett’s who became our surrogate Nashville family. Beautiful and encouraging folk with funny names like Goose, and Smokin’ Joe, Doc & Pete, a gal the kids lovingly call “Sailor Granny” for her creative use of colorful language, The Wadells, and Ms. Judy, the Kingfield Poet. We had the blessing of getting to know a character everyone called Uncle Lester. Oh how he loved it when Millie played those old bluegrass fiddle tunes. This family member was called home earlier this year. As always, you always wish you could have seen a loved one once more, and we missed our chance. We will always remember sweet Uncle Lester, and I will always regret not slowing down long enough to hear all his tips on growing blueberries.
Another life changing “chance” meeting at Puckett’s came by way of a Mississippi guy who popped in from time to time on open mic nights, got to know us and decided we needed some help navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of Nashville and the music industry. Jeremy Clement was the catalyst for what has turned out to be the most fateful crossing of paths.
At the time, Bryan Ward, after a long and somewhat turbulent career as a member of BonePony, having record deal with Capital Records, a publishing deal with Warner Chapel, opening for legendary artists like Crosby, Stills & Nash, and touring for the better part of ten years, had hung up his “boots & spurs” and was quietly working in his studio, pursuing a prison ministry and raising his family in the sleepy little town of Water Valley, MS.
When Jeremy Clement introduced us to Bryan, one of the first things I appreciated as a mother, was the fact he had kids too, especially the fact he had boys. I always feared that Andy’s unique and distracted nature would make recording nearly impossible. Bryan’s off-beat personality and patient nature was exactly what we needed to make that giant leap from the living room to the recording studio. After completing the first project, Deeper Well, the undeniable chemistry gave birth to the band you see today. Bryan was the missing piece of the puzzle. His experience in the music industry, his musicianship, and especially his love for nurturing young musicians like Millie and Andy have made him the rock the rest of this crazy bunch anchors to.
The Eisenhauer Band is a family band and it just keeps on getting bigger. We grow better and stronger with each new member. I think the most valuable lesson we have learned is that the love we have for each other and the music is more valuable that any measure of success. And, if we stay true to that love the family will continue to grow and so will our success. So, for everyone who has came to our show, put a tip in the “Grow” buckets, bought a cd and or tshirt, came by the stage after a show to compliment, encourage or throw out a suggestion, liked our Facebook page or downloaded our music, we Thank You…..
Welcome to the Family =)