An Evening with The Vespers

I always enjoy finding new music, especially when it”s excellent and double especially when it is a hidden gem that few others know about. I find great pleasure in then sharing that little known artists with others that I know enjoy great music.

Recently I discovered a band that I just can”t get enough of, and I think you should discover them for yourselves. The band is called The Vespers, and is made up of sisters Callie and Phoebe Cryar and brothers Taylor and Bruno Jones. I didn”t know quite how to describe their sound so I borrowed the following from their website ” They create infectious folk-pop with both the buoyancy of youth and deeper spiritual themes.”

There seems to have been an emergence of folk and bluegrass in mainstream music in recent years, and I have been a big fan of a lot of it. There”s just something about bands like Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers that have that ability to bring an instant smile to my face. The Vespers takes that a step further. Their toe tapping music not only brings a smile to my face, but also lifts my spirit; I think that”s why it”s been so easy for me to get behind them. All their songs may not be “spiritually” based, but you can tell the Spirit is in them and their faith is evident throughout.

It also helps that they are genuinely great people and unless they”re really good at faking it, they really seem to be enjoying every moment of their musical journey. I was fortunate to be in the audience June 13 when they played a show in Oklahoma City. I”ve been listening to them often since I discovered them for myself in late March, so I knew each song with the exception of one that they would play that night. What I wasn”t prepared for was one of the best stage shows that I have ever seen, and they did it without fancy lights, lasers, or pyrotechnics that you see at shows that have obviously higher budgets. They did it with banter between themselves and also with the crowd, they did it with high energy in their presentation, and they did it with their ability to each play multiple instruments some of which were changed mid-song. I was stunned the moment Callie belted out the first line of the song “Grinnin” in Your Face.” When Phoebe showed off her pipes next, there was no debating that these ladies are talented and they have fun letting you hear it. Not to be outdone, Taylor and Bruno both pour everything that they have into their mandolin, bass, guitar, drums and tambourines. It”s such a beautiful and dynamic mix, and those of us lucky enough to have experienced it walked away better for it.
One of the many highlights of the night that stands out to me was when a song not on the original set list found itself in the mix based on a request that was made in passing. We were thrilled to hear “Better Now” which is one of the many stand out tracks on the albumThe Fourth Wall. It”s a beautiful track about faith and healing, and it was evident that Phoebe experiences something Divine whenever she sings it. The show was closed out by a rollicking rendition of “Close My Eyes” which concludes with each member of the band showing off their instrumental abilities, just when you think it”s over they crank it up a little further.
Overall it was an amazing show start to finish, and I am so very glad that I got to be there to enjoy it.
After the show, the band was gracious enough to stick around and talk with anyone and everyone. They were even nice enough to pose for a picture with our group. If you haven”t already heard these guys, do yourself a favor and get their albums; and if you are lucky enough to have them come within 200 miles of your town, drive to see them. They won”t let you regret it.
To Taylor, Bruno, Callie, and Phoebe thanks for a wonderful evening.

4 Responses to “An Evening with The Vespers”

  1. You should have posted the picture of you guys with the group, but other than that, sounds awesome! 🙂 I’m sure I’ll be hearing them when we visit next week so I’ll wait until then for the full experience.

  2. philip says:

    I figured out how to put the picture up there. I didn’t get the memo that we were making awkward faces.

  3. Caleb says:

    I haven’t stopped thinking about The Vespers aimee we went for a couple of reasons. First, IT WAS AMAZING!!! I hardly stopped smiling the whole time the team was on stage; it was such fun time. They were down to earth people with an extraordiny sound. Second, they have really inspired/ rebuked me. Wether or not they knew it, they inspired me to be a better musician/ songwriter. But, at the same time they also we’re “rebuking” me for my lack of effort in this area in the past few months. Wether it was fear or just plane laziness that has held me back, The Vespers have given me a mental boost through all that they gave at their awesome concert.

    • philip says:

      It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. Not just the style but the substance was amazing. Get to writing!