WHEN: Friday January 23, 2015
COST: All reserved seats $20 EngageKingsport.com
WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre
1200 E. Center St. Kingsport‚ ‚ ‚ (423) 392-8414
KINGSPORT -‚ The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport present an evening with The Vespers and special guest Annabelles Curse on January 23, 2015 at the beautiful Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport. This show is part of the Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series of 2015.‚ All tickets are for reserved seats and available now at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling the Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414.
The Vespers are an Americana/folk/roots band from Nashville, TN. The band is made up of two brothers, Taylor and Bruno Jones, and two sisters, Callie and Phoebe Cryar.‚ Bruno plays upright bass, guitar, a little banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. Taylor Jones plays drums, percussion, vocals, and mandolin. Callie plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, electric bass, lead vocals, and low harmony. Phoebe plays guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, ukulele, lead vocals and low harmony.
A vesper is an evening prayer. All four members were born and raised in Nashville. Callie and Phoebe, daughters of Christian artist Morgan Cryar, sang background vocals on Music Row from a young age. Taylor and Bruno had grown up influenced heavily by their father’s music collection, which included everything from gritty southern rock to soul. The two sets of siblings met each other at a mutual friend’s campfire. In May 2009, the four came together and played for the first time, originally just playing songs that the Cryar sisters had written. “Things progressed in a way that none of us really could have predicted,” says Callie. “We knew that it was an intriguing sound, and we liked what was happening,” adds Bruno. By the following winter, they made their first record, Tell Your Mama, and released it in March 2010. The record was received with critical acclaim. It is “a blend of bluegrass, folk, & alternative music all held together tightly by Callie & Phoebes angelic harmonies & Taylor & Brunos hypnotic rhythms.” –Music City Interactive
They spent the next two years on tour, performing “anywhere people would let [them]”. In the beginning of 2011, they began to think about their next record, writing most of their songs while on the road. They recorded the new music in two pieces, during breaks from touring in May and August 2011, with the help of producers Anderson East and Daniel Scobey. This second record, The Fourth Wall was released on April 3, 2012. The band stated that the ‘fourth wall’ refers to the invisible wall between the performers and the audience, and their goal is to break down that wall with each show.
Sisters and Brothers, the band’s third album, is due to be released on February 10, 2015
The Vespers are on the verge of breaking through The Fourth Wall. The Vespers better get ready to lead a life less normal.
The Vespers are fresh and infectious. The sisters ethereal look and sound is grounded by the brothers tight and creative rhythm section. Ive seen them mesmerize audiences live several times and look forward to having them back.
Todd Mayo,‚ Music City Roots
Special guest opening the show: Annabelles Curse
Annabelles Curse is an emotional compulsion. They are a cry of camaraderie to the wasted youth of our generation, an emulsion of the hope and the wickedness in our hearts. Hailing from Bristol, Virginia, an area that throbs as the heart of Appalachian roots music, they have traveled beyond long-established folk to craft a profoundly distinctive and soaring sound. While deeply grounded in musical tradition, each song offers the contrast of strong progression woven with striking banjo and guitar riffs, evocative lyrical harmony, stirring imagery, and infectious energy. They lovingly produce dynamic and explosive music dealing with powerful themes of the human condition that resonate with each listener. Annabelles Curse has generated a family of followers moved to stomp until the floorboards split, clap until their hands are numb, and howl until their voices crack. Together, they burst.