The Punches Family is a bluegrass gospel group who make their home in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Mom, dad & four children all play instruments, sing, and have been performing nationwide at churches, festivals, fairs and special events since 2009. They’ve been featured on Great American Gospel (a weekly television show) in many countries and on over 200 stations across America.
Bruce and Bobette were married in 1995 and currently reside in Fredericktown, MO. Bobette was raised in a musical family of 7 kids while Bruce grew up an only child and didn’t start playing till age 13. When they met, it seemed to be a natural fit and the rest is history. Bruce’s enjoys carpentry, building, promoting, and jam sessions back at the cabin that he and the boys built a few years ago. Bobette makes crafts, jewelry and also enjoys sewing, cooking, and her ‘girl-parties’ that she hosts several times a year with others from their church.
The oldest is 16 year-old Graham who plays both fiddle and guitar as well as sings. He started when he was 6 years old after saving his own money and buying his first fiddle. Within a few months he was able to sit-in with Mom and Dad and play a few tunes. At age 8 he took up guitar and learned both lead and harmony parts and is now a core part of the band. Grahams loves fishing, unicycling, recording and art; and when he’s not performing he’s working and saving for a car and college.
Next in line is 14 year old Owen. Owen started on the fiddle at age 7, later moved to dobro at 8 and later to banjo at age 10. Owen now plays a Gibson RB-250 banjo which he bought with his own money a few years ago. He also is a valuable part of the vocal blend of the family holding down a few lead parts but mostly singing the bass line in the quartets. When Owen is not on the road performing with the family he enjoys, carpentry, unicycling, recording, and eating waffles! His energetic and fun personality make him a crowd favorite.
Emily (one of the twins) is 12 years old and started playing fiddle at age 7. Emily has developed a rich voice and a sweet demeanor on stage and carries many of the high tenor parts in trios and quartets. She also sings much of the lead with the group. In addition to her music, she loves to spend time with her hobbies such as sewing, crafts, games on her ipad and helping mom in the kitchen. Emily is very much a girly-girl and really adds a lot of personality to the group through her performance.
The other half of the duo is 12 year old Brooke. The girls are as different as night and day, but like Emily, Brooke started on the fiddle at age 7. In fact some of the early Great American Gospel videos have Brooke on the fiddle before she moved to the dobro. The dobro seemed to catch Brookes ear and eye when she turned 9 and she started playing it while the family was in TX the winter of 2011. One of the first tunes she learned was Fireball Mail. Like Emily, Brooke enjoys crafts but also likes to draw, play on the family’s rope swing at home, and unicycles with her older brothers.
The whole family has a love of the Lord and desires to see souls saved and encouraged in their ministry. They are fun and uplifting and their performance has a strong spiritual undercurrent. Everyone seems to like families and the mere fact of mom, dad and four children traveling and performing together is a powerful witness.