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Rockin with Jacob Resch

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler | Photos by Christian Watson

JACOB RESCH might not remember much about the musical origins of MySpace (he was 10 during its heyday) or when videos played on regular rotation on MTV (neither do the rest of us), but the 25-year-old easily recalls when his love for music began.
ExtolMag_31_Final_Page_45_Image_0001“I started taking guitar lessons when I was about eight years old,” Resch says. “I had an older cousin and he was in a band. You always just kind of look up to your older cousins, so I just thought it was the coolest thing that he was in a band.
“After a couple of years of that, I focused on singing and took a couple of years of voice lessons, then started writing original music and recording. Now, I’m writing, recording and touring regionally and locally. It’s been a slow build-up ever since then.”
The hardest question for Resch to answer when someone asks about his band’s music style is selecting one genre.
He’s influenced by his parents’ taste in music – John Mellencamp, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones, but, he says, “I listen to really anything. I listen to country, I listen to rock, I listen to hip hop, I listen to the pop music on the radio. I like to think I take some elements from it all.”
ExtolMag_31_Final_Page_44_Image_0001Resch adds: “There’s definitely some rock influence there. The part of the country I’m from, that’s where I get my little country twang. In terms of songwriting elements, I like to take ideas from guys like Bruno Mars, and by that I mean they have really short, concise catchy hooks. You just need a couple of words that draw people in.”

As an employee of his father’s Southern Indiana development business and a self-admitted “history geek,” Resch has been drawn to helping his family change the face of New Albany one building at a time. Working for his dad, renowned contractor Steve Resch, affords the singer-songwriter a flexible schedule to travel with his band.
“My parents and my family are definitely very supportive,” he says. “I work for my dad and I do music, and I really enjoy doing both. It’s one of those things where I feel like I never have a break because I get off work and I go home and I work on music, but they’re very supportive. … The goal is hopefully to one day, sooner (rather) than later, make music my full-time job.”
But for now, he’s happy being a part of the Resch family legacy.
Steve Resch’s company has been a Southern Indiana mainstay for three decades, particularly in the revitalization of downtown New Albany. “In the last 10 years, he’s done probably
20 different build-outs down here,” Jacob Resch says. “He and my mom own quite a few properties, so next to music, that’s my biggest passion: real estate, specifically working a lot of historic properties. My dad and my grandpa and I are all big history nerds, so we love these buildings from the 1800s.”

As the family continues to construct a collective legacy that ’s positively mpacting others, Resch is working on his own, and he’s proud of it. “The stuff I’m writing now, it all works, it’s all cohesive. It’s a sleek, streamlined feel from what I’m already doing.”

"The goal is hopefully to one day, sooner (rather) than later, make music my full-time job" - Jacob Resch

“The goal is hopefully to one day, sooner (rather) than later, make music my full-time job” – Jacob Resch

You can learn more about Jacob Resch at JacobReschMusic.com.

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A Dream come True

The river home where Leslie Lewis-Sheets and Tommy Sheets reside in Rose Hill 

BY JANICE CARTER LEVITCH | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

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Courtesy Photo

LESLIE LEWIS-SHEETS and her husband Tommy Sheets always dreamt of living on the river. Leslie shared the dream with her mother, Patty McManus, and her husband, Don McManus. Together, the four were able to purchase a special piece of property overlooking the Ohio River that had been an empty lot since the 1970s. _mg_0621

Originally zoned for multi-family purposes, they were able to have it re-zoned for single-family homes. This enabled the property to be split, and each of the two couples purchased their own lots to design and create their homes. With the idea of two homes sharing a common courtyard between them in the historic Rose Hill district in Jeffersonville, their dream soon became a reality._mg_0894

“We created our own plans for the exterior and interior. Then, we acted as our own general contractors and all of us played a very active role,” Leslie explained. “Don took our project from dirt to the drywall stage. I handled it from that point to completion. Patty acted as our (Chief Financial Officer) and Tommy now acts as our (Chief of Facilities).”_mg_0879-hdr

When the quartet purchased the lot, “the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge had just begun its fabulous renovation, and we feel so fortunate to be where we are. We absolutely love it,” Leslie said.

LL&A Interior Design is Leslie’s interior design business, and to add more magic to her personal fairy tale, it is only one block away — located at 247 Spring St. _mg_0549


“the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge had just begun its fabulous renovation, and we feel so fortunate to be where we are. We absolutely love it,” -Leslie Lewis Sheets


“This is the fifth property we have owned and renovated within downtown Jeffersonville area,” Leslie stated.
_mg_0645-hdrThe breathtaking view of the river has been the focus of the design intent from the beginning of the project. Season to season and sun up to sun down, the ever-changing view is captivating and changes daily. A soothing, neutral color palette was crucial and refrains from competing with the view of the outdoors. Complementing what the homeowners can see from the interior to the exterior bucolic view of the river, the neutral palette also has a pop of color to provide an energizing, positive vibe.

_mg_0775-hdrThe kitchen is washed in soft shades of white, and the countertops are Danby marble, which add a touch of sparkle as the sunshine reflects from the windows that allow an abundance of natural light to enter the room. Wood floors have a warm driftwood finish that adds texture against the polished chrome accents. 

“Our windows act as our art,” Leslie said._mg_0663-hdr

A master bathroom filled with natural light offers an invitation for relaxation and a spa retreat. Adjacent is the master bedroom that has been carefully curated with quality furnishings that provide a tranquil atmosphere. Touches of gray, ivory and a splash of azul — which means blue in Spanish and Portuguese — make the master suite perfect for a restful place to read a favorite novel or nap during the lazy days of summer._mg_0702


“Our windows act as our art,” -Leslie Lewis Sheets


_mg_0534-hdrThe perfect home for entertaining, the residence also includes an outdoor living space that opens up to a bar and patio area. A large covered balcony is the absolute ‘piece de resistance’ and commands a masterful view of the mighty Ohio River.


Leslie Lewis Sheets

LL&A Interior Design

247 Spring St.

Jeffersonville

812.282.6606