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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.

  • We get asked a lot... 'What do you guys do when you're at home and off the road?'...The main answer is.. We all have a couple side hustles, or other things that we do to make ends meet. Let me share them with you.. Callie entertains as a Party Belle of Nashville, and has been playing with Matt Maher on the road recently. Phoebe has a baby that keeps her very busy of course, but also frequents with a band called The Whistles and the Bells. Taylor has a Lawn Service in South Nashville. And, I (Bruno) run a Screen Printing/Merchandise business with my wife. I've tagged this photo with some links so you can follow some of our other ventures perhaps! Let us know if you have a side hustle... We'd love to hear from you and get inspired-!
  • We missed each other so much after only a week off we started group texting selfies. Can't wait to get back in the van for our shows next weekend up in NH, NY, & Annapolis!
  • A vote for Dairy King in this year's Toast of Music City Awards is a vote for the vespers :) Visit @tennesseannews's website to cast your vote in the best meat-and-three category👍🏼
  • Let's play a game - can you spot baby beck in this photo? 
Spending time at WSUM FM today ahead of our free show tonight at University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • just added 8/18 in Homewood/Birmingham
also in August - NYC, Albany, Annapolis and Lexington🎉
snag yer tickets at thevespersband.com
  • Had a BLAST in Cinci last night!!! One of our favorite places to play- Headed home now- Back in WI next weekend!! 📷: @lgrizzey
  • Cinci OH #preshowprimp 
Did sound check with this towel in my hair and was told "no shower turbans allowed onstage please" lol
  • Albany, NYC & Annapolis! We will see you in August. Tickets on sale now at thevespersband.com 👍🏼
  • back at it this weekend. come have some fun with us on this looong weekend! 🎉🎊💥🇺🇸
  • Cincinnati! We got you next Friday at 86 Club! Bring it!
  • Ya looked good out there Creation Festival! Photo by @caitie_jonesy
  • We're getting ready for our set at CreationFest! And baby Beck's enjoying his first festival with Mr Dad Shorts. We go on at 4:20!
  • Unfortunately, we can't make it to Annapolis in time tonight for our show. By like 2 hours. 😭 .
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But! We are hopefully rescheduling for August. Those who purchased tickets for tonight: we will put your name on our guest list for the show 45 minutes away in Arlington this Friday night at IOTA Club if you want to hang this weekend still! AND also honor them on the reschedule date at Metro Kitchen! Just email us! (info@thevespersband.com) We tried so hard to make it happen. We spent hours trying to fix a leaky Turbo hose in a thunderstorm last night. Couldn't make it happen. Got part this morning, and are back at 100%. Hope to see some of you tomorrow at Creation Fest and Friday at IOTA! Much love ~Us
  • Don't call it a comeback.
  • What a Dad! And what a picture! Much love to Papa Cryar on this Father's Day!
  • This is our newest addition to the tour van. Rear AC! We will also have another addition next time we travel... A baby!! Ain't tryna have the baby sweating back there!! I vented the AC under the bunk, then out the van through the wheel well. It can be powered by the inverter generator, or shore power. -B #diy #built #cold
  • Foy Vance. @causeascenenash secret show. On. Point. What a voice. #nashville
  • This good lookin' fella is our friend @Brentrupard. As of this post, he isn't all over your radio, appearing on your TV, or playing arenas. Soon he will be doing all those things, and we will be saying told ya. :) If you do the CMA thing, he is a must watch. Join me at his showcase, and check out a true rising star. Diamond in the rough. Real talent. I'll be upstage left behind a keyboard. -B #nashville #cmafest #realcountrymusic
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