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Friday, January 20, 2012

Who’s Who in Old North: Musician/Songwriter Joe Eisenbraun

We’ve dedicated a lot of space on this blog to showing off the architectural richness of Old North’s historic building stock, with a heavy emphasis on the transformation in progress from abandonment to new life and purpose.  While all of that makes for compelling pictures, Old North wouldn’t be enjoying the resurgence that has attracted national attention if it didn’t have a vibrant community of residents who live in these architectural gems or work in the preserved or restored commercial spaces.  Therefore, with today’s post, we begin a new series of profiles of the talented, friendly, and unique characters who make Old North such a dynamic and creative community.

One of the people in Old North who has regular contact with visitors and residents alike is Joe Eisenbraun.  On many days you can find Joe behind the counter at Crown Candy Kitchen, just a couple blocks from the historic, Old North home where Joe grew up, which is just down the street from the house where Joe and his wife Susannah are living and preparing space for their soon-to-arrive baby.  It’s also worth noting that Joe and Susannah met at the North City Farmers’ Market, so theirs is a marriage made in Old North.

Joe is also one of the many creative types who call Old North home.  A talented musician and songwriter, Joe periodically performs at various music clubs around town and has been releasing new albums on a regular basis since 2001.  In a Riverfront Times review of one of Joe’s previous albums, Christian Schaeffer described Joe’s style:

“Eisenbraun writes sharp, catchy songs that display wit and heart in equal measure, as they vacillate between nervy power-pop and pensive folk-rock. … A little too snarky for alt-country and a little too wistful for indie-rock, Eisenbraun finds a comfortable middle ground in between genres.”

Joe's latest CD includes cover art by another Old North resident, Linda Molinari, and graphic design by another product of Old North, Joe's brother, Robert.

Joe's latest CD includes cover art by another Old North resident, Linda Molinari, and graphic design by another product of Old North, Joe's brother, Robert.

After 18 months of hard work, Joe’s newest album, Big Guns, is now out and features 18 tracks of homemade pop, rock & folk tunes.  (Among Joe’s friends who collaborated with him on this one were two former Old Northers, Greg McNair and Maggie Clements.) The album is available at Vintage Vinyl and Old North’s neighborhood coffee establishment, La Mancha Coffeehouse at 2815 N. 14th Street.  For the next two weeks, La Mancha is offering a free small coffee with every $10 purchase of Big Guns. So now you can enjoy listening to the musical talents of Joe Eisenbraun and a good cup of Joe at the same time.

For information about Joe’s previous releases, to see some more photos, and to listen to a few of his songs, visit www.JoeEisenbraun.com.

Stay tuned to this space for more upcoming posts on the people who represent the spirit and character of Old North.  In the meantime, feel free to click HERE to read the profiles of a few other Old North residents on the People page of the ONSL.org website.

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Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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