It all started when Brendan Kavanaugh told a little white lie...
ECLECTIC may be the only band in history to be booked for a gig before they existed. More than three years ago, lead singer Kavanaugh was asked if he had a band that could play at the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival. He lied, said "yes," and that was the beginning of this dynamic group.
With a gig weeks away, Kavanaugh decided he better make good on his promise. He called guitarist Justin "J.T. " Smith, who he had played music with before. "I called Justin and I said, 'we've got a gig,' and Justin said, 'what are you talking
about? We don't even have a band.'" Justin's brother, Terry, played the drums, so he rented a set and in just a few weeks the three collaborated and learned 35songs.
The Gaslight gig was days away and they were still without a bass player. "We were just going to go ahead and play without one, but at the last minute I remembered Jamie had a bass," Kavanaugh said. Jamie Richardson was Kavanaugh's high school friend and former college roommate. He drove in from the University of Kentucky the day before the Gaslight gig. "We wrote all the chords down on a piece of paper," Richardson said. "I sat on a chair with that paper on the floor and played."
The four had an immediate chemistry. As time progressed, so did their talent.
They developed their own sound, began playing original music, and found themselves playing to packed rooms at Louisville's premier music venues. Today, crowds in Louisville, Chicago and elsewhere are singing along to ECLECTIC
On November 15, 2003, they released Tables Turned, their first CD as ECLECTIC, to a sold out crowd of more than 800 fans at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The first single from Tables Turned, "Breathe," began being played in regular rotation at Louisville's WLRS 105.1 radio. It was among the top five most requested songs of the day for more than 14 weeks. "Breathe" can also be found on the A&R Worldwide compilation CD of independent artists entitled, Unearthed Vol. 1.
Since the humble beginning Eclectic has soard to being spun on over 250 radio stations from LA to NY. They have taken the title in 2004 as the Best Local, & Best Original Rock Band by the voters of the 2004 Leo Awards.
See Highlights below of their career
Here are a few highlights of their career to date:
*Signed with WiseSmith Management Group in 2002
*Co-Produced with Doc Smith their first full length CD "Tables Turned"
*Won the Regional Battle of the Bands 2003 LRS Fest
*Regular Rotation on WLRS and was in the top five most requested song "Breathe" for 16 weeks straight and hit #2
*Performed at the Great Lawn in Louisville KY in front of 7,000
people and fronted Sponge, Everclear, and Trapt
*Released "Tables Turned" fall of 2003 in Louisville KY
Headliners Music Hall to a sold out crowd of 800 and turned 300
*Endorsement deal with Eminence Speakers LLC
*WiseSmith and Tinderbox Music put out a radio blitz Nation
Wide to over 300 stations and Eclectic has been added to over
250 to date. Charting in three markets
to date and charted in two markets at #23 and climbing. CA to
NY Stations are strong
*Performed in front of 12,000 people at Fourth Street Live
outdoor concert in front of Hard Rock Café
*Wrote up in several Music Periodicals (Email for link to EPK site)
*Finalist in the Louisville Leo Music Awards in 2003
*Featured Artist on WB Network for Rascals Comedy Club
Special Thursday's WB in Louisville, KY
*Voted Best Original and Best Local Rock Band of the Region
in the LEO Magazine Choice Award Show November 2004
*Sponsored by Jaeger 2004
What others are saying: "...eclectic is more electric than eclectic. They pack my club out every show and their show is full of passion & excitement". Mike Pollard Headliners Music Hall
"...they have the potential" Michael Arfin Tour Manager for Linkin Park
"...what do you think, it is great Rock N Roll" Club Manager Phoenix Hill Tavern
"...these guys are great!" Luke Headliners Entertainment Director of Operations Saddle Ridge
"...I will be opening for you guys soon" Hugo Ferrara Lead Singer for Tantric
"...eclectic rocked the house here at Hard Rock Café with over 800 in attendance" Adam Assistant Manager
"...these guys have just raised the bar and others will have to climb it" Mudd at LRS Radio