Tuesday, October 12, 2010

tunes i like tuesday: eyes wide open

I know I'm been kinda MIA lately.  I was away on a business trip and once I got home there was a whole lot of fun to catch up on. It was a busy weekend, but one of the best things Countrymouse and I did this weekend was to see The Vespers.  I had listened to some of their music on line but seeing them in person was a real treat! 

The Vespers are a young band out of Nashville made up of two sisters (Callie and Phoebe Cryar) and two brothers (Taylor and Bruno Jones), who together make music that spans from folk to roots to bluegrass to blues.  I loved seeing so many instruments on the tiny stage... an upright bass, banjo, several guitars, drums, ukulele, mandolin and assorted rhythm instruments. You never knew what combination of instruments would be pulled out for the next song or who would be playing what! I don't think I've seen that much instrumental diversity on one stage in a long time.  What really gets your attention, however, is The Vespers hauntingly beautiful harmonies.  The Cryar sisters voices are infectious, making you want to wiggle in your seat one moment and tear up the next.  

While often considered to sound like Alison Krauss, I think some better comparisons would be Nickel Creek, The Wailin' Jennys  or The Be Good Tanyas.  I also could hear a little Grace Potter rolled in there.  The Vespers are definitely their own sound though, and if the buzz surrounding them continues, I think you'll be seeing (and hearing) a lot more of them. Have a listen and let me know what you think.


  1. You may have turned me on to something new. They have a great sound.

  2. I like them! Really interesting/calming to listen to.

  3. I can definitely hear the Be Good Tanyas! Thanks for sharing this! What a beautiful song!

  4. Thanks for calling by News From Italy and commenting, I have now replied. I am of course now curious about it reminding you of where you live?

    Pleasant music to enjoy with my cup of tea :)

  5. They sound awesome, I'm sure they were even better in person!

    And... I have no idea why I wasn't following you, I've fixed that error. Sorry, friend.

  6. making you want to wiggle in your seat one moment and tear up the next.

    That is what I like in the music I listen to!

  7. Glad to hear you've been a little MIA, if only because I guiltily admit I haven't checked in in a while, but a fellow blogger gave me an award and when I was thinking who I'd like to pass it on to, you came to mind and I realized how long it had been *blushes*

    It's yours for the taking on my blog if you wish!

  8. I have never heard of The Vespers before. I really enjoyed listening to the guitar in this song. I always regret that I never learnt an instrument and the one I always wanted to learn was the guitar!

    Best wishes and happy week,


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