Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road.


As daily admirers of singer/song-writer Sherri DuPree-Bemis’ Instagram feed (featuring an occasional Minnetonka moc or two!) and as fans of Eisley’s whimsical indie-pop sound we jumped at the chance to hit the open road with Sherri and the band last summer for a behind-the-scenes look at Eisley on tour.

Check out our Q&A with Sherri below and enjoy a back stage glimpse of Eisley on the road.

Back Roads & Backstage | EisleyDescribe Eisley’s sound.

It’s very emotionally vulnerable and transparent. Whimsical. A sort of moody-melodic-indie-pop!

What’s your favorite city to play in and why?

Dallas, TX shows are always incredibly fun because it’s home-turf, but that’s a given. So many family and friends in one place always make for the most fun! But Los Angeles is another city that’s always been so very amazing and accepting of Eisley since the earliest days of playing shows.

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

What’s been your most memorable performance to date?

That’s such a hard question because it doesn’t take a lot for me to deem every last show more fun and more memorable than the last! Other than being a wife and mom there are few things that I enjoy as much as singing and playing music, so I have such joy and gratitude for being able to do it for a living during shows. It’s really a hard feeling to beat every night!

What’s your favorite part of being on the road with your family?

Sharing music and touring adventures with my best friends and my kid (soon to be plural) and their kids.

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?

Aside from my moccasins and my iPhone (because, yes, I am obsessed with Instagram), I never leave without a super cozy robe for the bus or hotels, a Moleskine notebook for my drawing and my Kindle.

Which artists or bands inspire you musically?

My forever staples are The Beatles, Sunny Day Real Estate, Bjork, Radiohead…But currently I’m listening to a lot of Beach House, The Hotelier, Local Natives and Good Old War.

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

Describe your on-stage and off-stage style.

It doesn’t differ very much to be honest! I pretty much always wear dresses.  Not because I’m so very girlie, but because I’m obsessed with easy but cute fashion.  You know, not sloppy, but not fussy! I just think life is too short to be uncomfortable, but that really doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun and feel cute.  And I have a closet full of cozy, eclectic print dresses to prove it!

And I honestly live in my Thunderbird soft soles on and offstage (I have for years…you can ask our fans). They’re my staple! I’m convinced they’re the perfect shoe.

What’s next for Eisley?

A new record! We’re writing it right now. I’m due with mine and my husband’s second daughter in a few weeks, but we plan to start pre-production on it not too long after she’s born. We turned our garage into a studio a few years ago so it makes it easy to work on music with the kids around!

Back Roads & Backstage | Eisley

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Back Roads & Backstage | Wilsen

Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road.

All this month crank up the tunes and hit the slopes with a behind-the-scenes look at The Wild Honey Pie’s On the Mountain featuring Modern Rivals, Magic Man,  The Orwells, Wilsen and Tei Shi.

What’s been your most memorable performance so far?
The most memorable performance would have to be at the Chicago Theatre last May. We were invited to support Rodriguez on a few of his US dates and this was one of the last stops. Being on stage in a venue with such history floored me – I was in a daze from start to finish. To top it all off, I managed to find the Spice Girls’ signatures in the theatre hallway and squeezed my name in beside Scary’s.

Which artists or bands inspire you?
Those who aren’t afraid of playing quietly.

What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?
Blankets, trail mix, and Phil Collins.

Best roadside diner or local food joint you’ve enjoyed while on tour?
Llama Tooth in Philly.

Describe your on-stage and off-stage style.
I gravitate towards relaxed, minimalist, and sometimes over-sized clothing both on and off-stage. Mainly hand-me-downs from my Mum.

Favorite moment from On The Mountain?
Seeking out fresh snow on a roped-off trail only to get completely stranded at a different base. The only way out was to take off our skis and spend an hour hiking back up the mountain. Another favourite moment was seeing The Orwells perform and conduct a snowball fight.

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Back Roads & Backstage | Magic Man

Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road.

All this month crank up the tunes and hit the slopes with a behind-the-scenes look at The Wild Honey Pie’s On the Mountain featuring Modern Rivals, Magic Man, The Orwells, Wilsen and Tei Shi.

How did Magic Man form?
Alex and I met on the playground in preschool, we wrote Paris the next day at recess. Just kidding. We’ve been playing music together since we learned how to play the guitar, and started writing the first Magic Man songs when we were traveling together through France the summer after our freshman year. We finished the songs when we came home and put together a band with some of our high school and college friends, when we realized that the two of us couldn’t really play the songs live on our own.

What’s been your most memorable performance so far?
We’ve been incredibly lucky, in that we’ve been able to play a ton of amazing and memorable shows. One that Alex and I were just thinking about recently was one of our first shows ever as Magic Man, which we played in Justine’s living room in college. We crammed an inordinate number of kids in one tiny sweaty room, and our friend Bryan (who had hosted our first ever show in his living room a few months earlier) crowdsurfed, nearly hitting the ceiling.

Which artists or bands inspire you?
We try to draw inspiration from as many different bands, people, and places as possible. One thing that’s really great is to see your friends bands doing amazing things and making incredible music. From bandmember’s other projects like Photocomfort and The Novel Ideas to tourmates like Walk The Moon, Smallpools, Panama Wedding, The Griswolds, Sir Sly, WATERS, and so many more, we’ve been really lucky to play with some incredibly inspiring bands.

What’s your favorite city to play?
My favorite city is always the one I haven’t been to yet. We got to play our first shows overseas in London last year, which was amazing, and I can’t wait to explore other countries and continents. That said, Columbus, Ohio always brings it. And of course can’t forget the hometown shows in Boston and Providence—never a dull show there.

Best roadside diner or local food joint you’ve enjoyed while on tour?
Grandpa’s Cheese Barn in Ashland, Ohio!

What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?
I’ve recently been getting into travel clothing, and quick drying fabrics are really great on the road. It may sound a little weird, but being able to wash your underwear in the hotel sink really helps make road life a little less grungy. Other key items include: personally labeled chargers for your electronics, external battery for keeping your phone charged, burritos, extra guitar strings, seasonal decorations for your bus/van/minivan/car, George Foreman grill, slippers.

Favorite moment from On The Mountain?
For me it was accidentally riding the gondola to the top of the mountain on my first day ever skiing and having to somehow ski all the way down. Alex and Justine were great teachers though, and I made it down alive!

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Back Roads & Backstage | Tei Shi

Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road.

All this month crank up the tunes and hit the slopes with a behind-the-scenes look at The Wild Honey Pie’s On the Mountain featuring Modern Rivals, Magic Man, The Orwells, Wilsen and Tei Shi.

How did Tei Shi form?
I had been writing and working on songs for a while, throughout my time at music school in Boston. It wasn’t until I met Luca, who produces all my stuff with me, that I was really able to bring the songs fully to life and make a finished product out of them that I wanted to release, which ended up being my first EP ‘Saudade’.

The live band came together during the fall of 2013, I had booked these CMJ shows but had never played before, and Luca (who also plays keys and guitar in the band) & Gabe (who plays drums) came together and we kind of got the live show together really quickly for those first few shows. We’ve been playing together live since. We all went to school together but really met out here in NY through mutual friends.

Which artists or bands inspire you?
It’s hard to point to specific bands or artists that really influence me. I am influenced by a huge range of artists, who kind of wake up different sides of myself that I can then tap into in my music. I am very influenced by strong female voices and personas in general. And then there is of course the influence I get just from being in an artistic and creative environment. I feel really inspired when I meet someone who is doing something creative and is really shaping their life around something they love and their voice. That could be a visual artist, or a filmmaker, or a songwriter…I find those people’s energy around me all the time.

What’s been your most memorable performance so far?
I think so far, it’s definitely one of my most recent shows, in New York at Baby’s All Right. It was our first headlining show, and it sold out, which was really incredible. So the room was packed with people and there was such an amazing energy, plus it was a really great feeling knowing that those people were there to see us play, and not just because we were opening for a band they liked! It was a really special night.

What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?
A good podcast and some candy.

Best roadside diner or local food joint you’ve enjoyed while on tour?
When I was in Philadelphia with the band, we went to this little sandwich place that was kind of this hole in the wall but apparently a local gem. It was this tiny little joint and they gave us a taste of a bunch of different sandwiches…it was awesome. Good local food is a great thing to take advantage of when on the road.

Favorite moment from On The Mountain?
Probably getting to perform in a really intimate and cozy environment. It was cool performing for a small group of people and getting to play and interact with everyone there, and that was a great time.

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Back Roads & Backstage | Modern Rivals

Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road.

All this month crank up the tunes and hit the slopes with a behind-the-scenes look at The Wild Honey Pie’s On the Mountain featuring Modern Rivals, Magic Man, The Orwells, Wilsen and Tei Shi.

How did Modern Rivals form?
We’re friends that met in various ways – high school, college, working in a studio. Some of us had played in bands together before, so when we all ended up in Brooklyn we formed a band.

Which artists or bands inspire you?
This is a constantly changing thing for us. But I’d say we gravitate most towards artists who are masterful arrangers and use innovative palettes. And the songwriting has to be good too, of course!

What’s your favorite city to play?
New York! But we’ve had great experiences elsewhere too.

What’s been your most memorable performance so far?
Our record release show at Glasslands. There was such great energy in the room that night and it was also our last time playing the venue. RIP.

What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?
Cassette adapter, spare tire (learned this the hard way), patience

Best roadside diner or local food joint you’ve enjoyed while on tour?
We had incredible, massive po’boys near Mobile, Alabama.

Favorite moment from On The Mountain?
Our gondola shoot! The first and most likely last time we’ll get to perform while flying up a mountain.

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