Love at first listen
Historically, country music artists have been known to gravitate toward one another, and in some cases fall in love. Something about soft acoustics and a twang in the voice creates a breeding ground for relationships. Think Johnny Cash and June Carter, or Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood—it’s nearly a tradition and the members of The Eisenhauers are yet another example.
Husband and wife duo The Eisenhaurs consists of Jeremy Eisenhauer and Sheree Plett. They released their debut album, The Road We Once Knew, in April and have since been touring Western Canada.
“Even when we toured as solo artists, we toured with each other,” says Eisenhauer. “We were performing as either Sheree Platt or as Eisenhauer, and so they were always sort of separate acts. We have toured as a duo before but this is really the first, sort of, major release tour that we’ve done in support of this new record.”
The album features gentle-handed strumming, sincere folk harmonies, and deeply personal lyrics. The pair crowdfunded just over $18,000 to take them from Kaslo, B.C. to Nashville where they recorded with Juno award-winning producer and musician, Steve Dawson. Even with the studio’s professional touch, the duo still evokes a similar emotion.
It sounds ideal to perform heartwarming tunes with your most cherished one, but the husband and wife band have different challenges than your usual touring act. They have three kids and a dog together, so there’s no staying in bed late the morning after a show.
“I have these moments in the van when I’m sort of like aware of all the noise that’s coming out,” says Eisenhauer. “Three kids making a ton of noise at the same time is like this horrible cacophony of noise. It kind of drives you mental, but at the same time you stop, and you go places, and you do things.”
Eisenhauer met Plett after hearing her music while he was in high school. He says he had discovered her first solo album and would play it on repeat at his job. Eventually, he ran into Plett in front of a Tim Hortons and awkwardly sparked up a conversation.
“She, I think, was fairly weirded out because the EP that she’d recorded was like, nobody really knew it,” says Eisenhauer. “She was sort of curious as to how I knew who she was and probably thought I was a little bit creepy. I don’t highly recommend trying to pick up the girl of your dreams in a Tim Hortons parking lot in the dark.”
It’s that kind of honesty and authenticity that makes the duo’s music and personalities so charming—both on stage and off. While at times it might seem a bit Little Miss Sunshine on the surface, there’s a quintessential Canadian family piled in with all the banjos and juice boxes.
“You know we like to hang out,” says Eisenhauer. “We like to be with the people we’re playing with. We like to chat and if it wasn’t for meeting people, and sharing stories, and playing music after the gig with new people, and having a fun time, it really wouldn’t be worth coming.”
Fri., May 19 (10 pm)
The Almanac, $10 at the door