Chapel Hill, NC:
At first glance I assumed the Vespers were one of our many great Hippie-esque roots bands from Chapel Hill or Asheville. The evening I saw them open for Eilen Jewell, the fellas sported the sigature beards and long hair, I come to to expect from these parts. I'll say it, they looked a little homespun with tattered worn clothes and a little unkempt.
I was just about knocked off my stool by the vocals of the Cryar sisters. I sighed and remembered the first time I saw Nickel Creek when Sarah Lee was about 11 and. I was impressed by their poise and talent at such a young age.
Taylor Jones, percussionist, surprised me when he responded to my assumption that they were from Asheville, "Born and raised in Nashville." I really couldn't believe it. I was tickled at the irony of a true Nashville band not being a true Nashville band.
The Vespers are refreshing, have impeccable musicianship, and the vocals are enchanting.
If you like Nickel Creek, The Wailin Jennys, The Be Good Tanyas, Black Prairie, or The Duhks, you should enjoy the Vespers.
Their debut CD is available for a free download until September 3, 2010. I hope you leave them a tip.