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.