Saturday, June 27, 2009
A few months ago we posted a blog about The Isaacs' drummer Nathan Fauscett proposing to Kelly Williams on stage at The Isaacs concert in Hawkinsville, GA. If you missed it you can read all about it HERE. Kelly and Nathan have started their very own blog to document the wedding plans as they are taking place. Visit their blog HERE. Be sure to leave a comment and wish them well on their journey to marital bliss.
The wedding is planned for November 28th, 2009.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
This past weekend my husband and I took a trip that turned into one of our most memorable trips. Early Saturday morning around 3:00 am we hit the road and headed West on 40 to the bluegrass state of Kentucky. After a few stops here and there we found ourselves in Berea. We called Ben and got directions to the church where the Isaacs bus had just arrived and the guys were busy unloading their gear.
I guess I should start my story by telling you that on Tuesday April 28th of this year, Charles Isaacs, brother to Joe Isaacs passed away at his home in Big Hill, KY. Some of you may know the story and the history of Joe Isaacs who is the youngest child of 17 born to Godfrey and Bessie Isaacs. Joe and his siblings were raised way back in the hills in a cabin that is still standing and is occupied by his sister Edna. Charles and his wife Callie lived on the mountain too. Even farther up than the old homeplace. They live a very simple life and Charles' wife Callie needed some help paying for the funeral expenses. The Isaacs along with other family members and other groups got together and held a benefit concert on Saturday night in a church in Berea and raised quite a bit of money to help Callie with the expenses. The concert was great but let me tell you a little bit about our day on the mountain.
When we got to the church we talked to Ben for a bit and I asked how far it was to the old homeplace. Ben said we could be there in about 30 minutes and he gave us the directions and I hurriedly scrawled them down on a slip of paper. He couldn't remember the exact road names but he told us landmarks where to turn and what to look for. We headed out and about 30 minutes later we turned off a main road and travelled for miles on a narrow, one lane road that leads to the holler. We did miss the last turn that leads to the homeplace and we were stopped by a burley lookin mountain man that probably thought we were messin around on his property where we shouldn't be. We asked him if he knew where Joe Isaacs' homeplace was and then he grinned a big toothless grin and pointed us in the right direction. We made a right and the road got even more narrow and we wound around until we came into a clearing, passed a barn on the right with a rolling stream running by it and then we spotted the cabin. It's nestled in the side of a hill, between two hills really and it's the most calm, peaceful setting that I've ever seen in my life.
We climbed out of our truck and started walking toward the house and then we spotted the lady out in the yard. She was bent over an old plow of some kind with paint brush in hand and was painting it bright red and yellow, it's original colors. The colors really popped in their surroundings of old barn wood and the gray of old metal wash pots. She straightened up and squinted in the bright sun looking us over and I was thinking Oh My! She probably thinks we've come to rob her or something. As soon as we told her who we were and that Ben had sent us she grinned and the rest is history. She took us on a tour of every inch of the old home place. Her name is Edna and she is 81 years old. She gets around better than I do and she was the sweetest, most gracious being. She moved down to the homeplace after Godfrey and Bessie passed away. She still lives there with no electricity and no running water, except that from a spring. She makes her own soap...pretty peppermint scented soap and she helps birth babies when she's needed. She makes her own brown dresses and head scarves. She chips away wood from a Sassafras tree and boils it into this fantastic, refreshing tea, sweetened with just a bit of brown sugar. She cans her own vegetables and meats and lard that she says makes the biggest, fluffiest biscuits you've ever seen.
We enjoyed our time there so much. It was hard to leave that peaceful place and return to the busy lives we live. It took us just a little closer to God and made us thankful for each and every blessing that we have. She wanted us to stay for Supper, but we needed to get to the church for the concert that started at 6:00. She wanted us to come back and stay the night but we had a room at the Marriot. We told her we'd be back though and we will. Just as soon as we can. As soon as my husband opened his eyes on Sunday morning at the Marriot he said "let's go back to the holler!"
I have a great love and respect for The Isaacs. I have for many years. I had never met Ben, Sonya and Becky's dad until this weekend and hearing the history of this family gives me an even greater love and respect for them. Joe and Lily have raised some great kids!
That night at 6:00 there were more Isaacs in one place than probably I'll ever witness again. Do you know how many children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and more that Godfrey and Bessie started with 17? There was only a small hand full of them there Saturday night and it was still a lot. It was great to see and hear Joe perform with the family and to meet many of the family members. It was an experience I won't forget for a long time.
Edna made this clock from a saw blade
and she put each of the 17 children's
names on it in the order they were born
beautiful gourds hanging on the side porch
Edna with her peppermint soap
walking down the hill toward the cabin
Joe Isaacs with his sisters
China and Madeline
Edna's dog Lucy was never far
from her side
Joe Isaacs performing with his family
by: Lisa Hildreth
We are so excited to tell you about our upcoming CD. It's completely finished and will be in production in the next couple of weeks. The Isaacs would like to thank everyone that participated in the "name the acapella project" contest that we ran a few months ago. There were some great, very creative entries. The final decision was made by Bill Gaither (who's he and what does he know?!?! LOL) A lot of your entries included the words Simple and Natural and that's the theme we've decided on. The name of the new project will be:
The Isaacs, Naturally
an almost acapella collection
The Isaacs are currently on the Gaither Music label and Bill Gaither loves that sweet family harmony. They got their heads together and came up with an amazing collection of songs that we think you will love.
The project is scheduled for release this fall, but we may have a few copies by the end of July. Watch for an announcement here and on the website at www.theisaacs.com and we will announce when pre-orders can be taken.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Got your tickets to National Quartet Convention this year? There is still time. The Isaacs will be performing on the main stage on Tuesday night and Saturday night. We hope to see you there!
September 13th - 19th in Louisville, KY