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|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Genres||Americana, folk, roots|
The Vespers are an Americana/folk/roots band from Nashville, TN. The band is made up of two brothers, Taylor and Bruno Jones, and two sisters, Callie and Phoebe Cryar. Bruno plays upright bass, guitar, a little banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. He is also their manager. Taylor Jones plays drums, percussion, vocals, and mandolin. Callie plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, electric bass, lead vocals, and low harmony. Phoebe plays guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, lead vocals and low harmony. The brothers rock prowess and the sisters' vocal exchange and pure harmonies that have been described as "two angels", "ghostly and haunting", "honey sweet" and "serene", the quartet created a sound so unique it is called "magnificently unforgettable" and "fresh and infectious".
"The word is defined as 'evening prayer.' Phoebe ran across it in while reading a book from literature class in her senior year of high school. Like the Cryars, the band's name was distinctive and, Callie said, 'easy to remember.' Done deal."
All four members were born and raised in Nashville. Callie and Phoebe, daughters of Christian artist Morgan Cryar, sang background vocals on Music Row from a young age. Taylor and Bruno had grown up influenced heavily by their father's music collection, which included everything from gritty southern rock to soul. The two sets of siblings met each other at a mutual friend's campfire. In May 2009, the four came together and played for the first time, originally just playing songs that the Cryar sisters had written. "Things progressed in a way that none of us really could have predicted," says Callie. "We knew that it was an intriguing sound, and we liked what was happening," adds Bruno. By the following winter, they made their first record, Tell Your Mama, and released it in March 2010. The record was received with critical acclaim. It is "a blend of bluegrass, folk, & alternative music all held together tightly by Callie & Phoebe’s angelic harmonies & Taylor & Bruno’s hypnotic rhythms."
They spent the rest of 2010 touring "anywhere people would let [them]", and this continued into 2011. In the beginning of 2011, they began to think about their next record, writing most of their songs while on the road. They recorded the new music in two pieces, during breaks from touring in May and August 2011, with the help of producers Anderson East and Daniel Scobey. This second record, The Fourth Wall was released on April 3, 2012. The 'fourth wall' refers to the invisible wall between the performers and the audience, and the band's goal is to break down that wall with each show.
- Callie Cryar - Ukulele, banjo, acoustic guitar, electric bass, vocals
- Phoebe Cryar - Banjo, acoustic guitar, ukulele, mandolin, vocals
- Bruno Jones - Upright bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, ukulele, vocals
- Taylor Jones - Drums, percussion, mandolin, vocals
- The Vespers have been profiled by The Huffington Post.
- The Vespers appeared on episode 209H of the nationally syndicated Public Television show "Bluegrass Underground".
- They were also named Top "12 of 2012's ShowToppers Concert's of the Year", by The Huffington Post for their concert in Denver's venue, The Soiled Dove.
- The Vespers have been reviewed by The Christian Post for their performance at the "New Artist Showcase" of the International Christian Retail Show held in St. Louis, Mo. June 26, 2013.
- The Vespers latest album, The Fourth Wall, has been reviewed by publications such as, No Depression, The Huffington Post, Sputnik Music, Indie Vision Music, Country Standard Time, Louder Than Music, and Free Christian Music Blog.
- The Vespers first album, Tell Your Mama, was reviewed by Cross Rhythms.
- Bialas, Michael. "The Vespers Are on the Verge of Breaking Through The Fourth Wall". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "The Band | The Vespers". Thevespersband.com. April 28, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- "Twitter / thevespers: 3 years ago now, 2 humble". Twitter.com. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- "The Vespers ~ Mini Documentary [HD". YouTube. February 14, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- "The Vesper’s "Tell Your Mama"". Music City Interactive. August 27, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- "Bluegrass Underground: Previous Broadcasts | KQED Public Media for Northern CA". Kqed.org. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Band of Nashville Brothers and Sisters, The Vespers, Are a Subtle Shade of Righteousness". Christianpost.com. June 26, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- The, Awaiting (April 6, 2012). "Posted 6 April 2012". Nodepression.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- Posted March 20, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-bialas/the-vespers_b_1360641.html
- Posted 04/03/2012. http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/56291/The-Vespers-The-Fourth-Wall/
- "By Cimarron Hatch Posted April-2-2012". Indievisionmusic.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "By Lee Zimmerman". Countrystandardtime.com. October 23, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "By Jono Davies Posted 11 April 2012". Louderthanthemusic.com. April 11, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "The Vespers “The Fourth Wall”". February 25, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "Review: Tell Your Mama - The Vespers". Cross Rhythms. November 25, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2013.