In the late 1990’s, 5 high school friends joined musical forces to create Mastermind. This 5 piece band played regularly in the Omaha and surrounding areas. In 2000, Guitarists Gino Meyer and Tim Sanwick broke from bandmates Chris Logeman (acoustic guitar), Grant Empson (drums), Jake Kuzela (lyricist and rapper) and Andy Moore (bass) to attend school in Chicago. Upon returning to Omaha in late 2005, they restructured and formed The Whiskey Pistols. This arrangement had Sanwick on drums and Kuzela on percussion. 5 Years of solid soulful song writing; primarily from Logeman, provided an opportunity to expand on their prior blues driven rock to incorporate flavors of folk.
In 2011 the group restructured once again. This arrangement brought Empson back on drums, moved Kuzela to keys, and brought Sanwick back on guitar. This shift allowed for Sanwick to contribute in songwriting; bringing back his blues based rock flavors. This reformation was dubbed One Eye White. As their sound continues to develop and morph into a culmination of folk, blues and rock, it also allows for the band to demonstrate their versatility as all 3 guitarists share in the role of bass player.
In the last few years One Eye White have been regularly playing in Omaha's bursting music scene in Benson at venues like The Waiting Room, Barley Street Tavern, and the PS Collective. They have also opened for touring acts at venues like The Slowdown, and Omaha local festivals. In 2012 they recorded an 8 song album at Omaha’s ARC Studios titled For Better For Worse. The project was completed in 3 days and the title is a play on the hurried experience of cutting a live record. In 2013 they completed another 6 song EP titled Port of Call. Again, the project was recorded at ARC Studios and was completed in 3 days. With the harmony driven strength of two songwriters, and the family feel history of music between all of us, we are full steam ahead to keep making music, getting it out on record, and putting on great live shows.