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Comprised of two pairs of siblings — the Cryar sisters and Jones brothers, all natives of Nashville, Tennessee — The Vespers began making their own kind of rootsy, southern stomp in 2009, throwing themselves into a music scene that was rich in history and high in competition. Playing as many as 115 shows a year and selling more than 10,000 copies of their second album, The Fourth Wall (2012), The Vespers found themselves at a crossroads. They could make another album of bluegrass-influenced folk music — a genre that had grown quite popular since the group's early days — or they could throw some newer influences into the mix.

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“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville

On their third album, Sisters and Brothers, the Vespers combine Americana roots with pop melody and rock &amp roll muscle. It’s an album about growth and discovery, about finding your place in the world — and your sound — by leaning on the support of those around you. For the Vespers, those supporters include one another.

Comprised of two pairs of siblings — the Cryar sisters and Jones brothers, all natives of Nashville, Tennessee — The Vespers began making their own kind of rootsy, southern stomp in 2009, throwing themselves into a music scene that was rich in history and high in competition. Playing as many as 115 shows a year and selling more than 10,000 copies of their second album, The Fourth Wall (2012), The Vespers found themselves at a crossroads. They could make another album of bluegrass-influenced folk music — a genre that had grown quite popular since the group’s early days — or they could throw some newer influences into the mix.

“We wanted to make a new sound, something people hadn’t heard from us before, and Sisters and Brothers came out of that desire,” says Phoebe Cryar. Over five years, the Cryars’ and Jones’ had laughed, fought,cried, smiled, learned about life and played their hearts out. Without the influence of a label or an A&R team, they’d learned to rely on each other, trusting few outside influences apart from the support of their own fans. Those fans had helped The Vespers through the hardest of times, becoming not only the band’s supporters, but their family, as well. The time had come for the Vespers to make an album birthed from the ups and downs of traveling in a band, an album that focused on the great things that can happen with the support of your literal
and figurative sisters and brothers.

The Vespers didn’t abandon their old sound for Sisters and Brothers; they just expanded it.

“Phoebe and I were fresh out of high school when we started the band,” Callie Cryar adds, thinking back to the days when they were teenagers working the 5 a.m. shift at a Nashville donut shop. “You’re never more vulnerable or unconfident than you are at that time. But in the years leading up this album, we all became more comfortable with each other, with our emotions, with ourselves. We became adults, and we stared delving into some of the emotions that we wanted to make people feel. People want to feel when they listen. They want to feel something intense, and that’s the kind of album we hoped to record.”

Looking for the right collaborator to help them evolve, The Vespers turned to Paul Moak, a Grammy-nominated producer and accomplished songwriter who operates his own recording studio, Smoakstack, in south Nashville. Moak pushed the musicians to create music that was raw and real instead of polished and perfect. The goal wasn’t to sound flawless. It was to find imperfect performances that captured a genuine moment, performances that raised the hair on everybody’s arms. If a take didn’t evoke that sort of response, it was scrapped. “We used to record our vocals over and over, separately, until every single note was perfectly correct,” Callie remembers. “But Sisters and Brothers was completely different. We wanted it to be raw. We realized there was more attitude and more emotion whenever Phoebe and I sang together, even with that slight element of imperfection.”

“Every time you make a record, you’re summing up where you’ve been for the last few years, says Bruno
Jones. “Our band went through some challenges in those years, but we also went through a lot of growth, both onstage and off. We came out of it and realized we still cared about each other.”
Bruno adds, “Sisters and Brothers is a rallying cry for the band.”

Indeed, Sisters and Brothers does feel like a battle cry. It’s an album about beating the system, banding together, taking care of those around you and focusing on what really counts.

  • Fun time writing with our pal @raytair today!
  • Caught @andersoneast last night in Louisville at Waterfront Wednesday! Dude is making some strides. Proud!!! -B
  • Great time getting to see friends last night in Kentucky! @lgrizzey thanks for bringing your beautiful family all the way from Ohio to see us!
  • Getting cute for Lexington! We play at 6:45 sharp at Phoenix Park! #preshowprimp #phoenixfridays
  • Loading gear for an awesome outdoor show in Lexington KY tonight. Phoenix Park 6:45 see you thurrr!!!
  • Getting set up while Phoebe techs guitars. Mother teaching son how to change strings 😂😂 We play at 7 tonight at West Homewood Farmer's Market
Due to weather the show is being held inside the Shades Valley Community Church. FREE! See you soon!
  • Jon Foreman after show in Indy. 👌 #legend #tourdecompadres
  • Yo!! We're super excited to be added to the lineup of Alabama's biggest festival of the year!! If you're in or around Mobile, AL on October 3rd, we hope to see you there!
  • Throwing back to that one time we got to hang out and record at Buddy Miller's house. He is THE coolest. Nothing but love for this guy!!! Thankful and grateful for the wisdom he has poured into us.  #legend #TBT
  • Wearing bright lipstick and letting our hair down for Annapolis tonight! #preshowprimp
  • We love meet and greets because they turn fans into friendssss! ☺️☺️❤️❤️
  • Made it to NYC! Grabbing a pizza with Dan the man... Then heading to Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2. Bring it if you are here!
  • We had a great in-studio interview and performance on WEXT 97.7 
Catch us tonight at The Low Beat in Albany!
  • #preshowprimp in the van bunks cause we're about to pull up to WEXT to do a quick radio spot before our set tonight at The Low Beat!
  • Thank you so much for an amazing day #Soulfest! We're headed to The Low Beat tonight, tomorrow in NYC at Rockwood, and Annapolis on Sunday! Join us! 📷:@lcmoneybags
  • Taylor and Bruno setting up for our last set here at #Soulfest! This place is about to get liiiiivveee!
  • Fun set today on the Revival Stage at Soulfest! Can't wait to play again tonight  on the Mercy St Stage, it's gonna be one heckuva after party! #Soulfest
  • Made a little pit stop otw to New Hampshire. That mist behind us is Niagara Falls! (Photo taken by @caitie_jonesy!)
  • Hey everyone! Meet Emma Cryar, Callie and Phoebe's littlest sister. She's coming along on this run to babysit little Beck, and she's the coolest. And yes we're in the van because we had to leave two days before our first show because it's 18 hrs away!!! Soulfest here we come!
  • Can't wait to take our new trailer on the road tomorrow! Our old trailer has been with us for 6 years since we started this whole thing and there are probably pieces of it all over this country so it was time to say goodbye. Hope to see some of you at our shows this week in New York, Maryland, and New Hampshire!
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