Bruce explained that it wasn’t difficult to get his children interested in listening to bluegrass or playing instruments. “We decided to bring them into the group because the kids grew up and we didn’t have to have adults anymore.”
He added, “My favorite part of performing is watching them mature musically."
Along with winning first place in Silver Dollar City’s Youth & Bluegrass band contest and being nominated for Contemporary Group of the Year in 2009, they have performed alongside and been inspired by some well-known artists.
Bruce recounted a specific incident when his youngest son, Owen, was given the chance to sing the song “Ruby” along with Kentucky-born bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne. “He had a big time . . . he thought that was something,” Bruce said. There was also another time when Owen "high-fived country music singer Mel Tillis without even knowing it,” he added.
The family’s deepest hope is to bring hope to the world through their music. “Ultimately, we want to see people accept salvation and come to know the Lord through us,” Bruce said, “We also want to encourage folks and uplift them with our music; we feel that God has given us a special talent.”
They’re looking forward to returning to Anderson; they enjoyed their last visit here. “We were here last September, and it’ll be good to get back. The area is full of nice people,” Bruce said.
If you go The Punches Family in concert When: 6 p.m. today Where: Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 911 S. Rangeline Road, Anderson Info: A love offering will be taken with a suggested donation of $10 per person.