Cereus Bright & Family and Friends
Cereus Bright draws its muse, and its name, from the night-blooming Cereus– a desert flower that only blooms at night. This beauty blooming from the dark is a symbol–of hope, beauty, and for this young Knoxville band, music.
In the past year, Cereus Bright has travelled the country opening for elite musicians from diverse styles–from the soulful harmonies of the Lone Bellow, the storied rock of Jackie Greene, the meta-modern country of Sturgill Simpson and the jam-pop of Phillip Phillips. Their performances feature a special brand of folk-influenced modern rock delivered with charismatic, harmony-driven energy. This fall, they will be on tour throughout the United States with southern rockers the Dirty Guv’nahs.
Their latest single, “Winds of Change” puts this passion and breadth on display. Driven by a rambling pedal steel line and strong melodies, the song is a new fronteir for the band, expanding from a simple acoustic groove into an upbeat mixture of folk, New Orleans jazz, and rock. It shows a definite step forward for the band, all while holding on to the fun simplicity of their past recordings. It is available for download for free from their website.
The band’s origins are in Knoxville, TN, where frontman Tyler Anthony (lead vocals, acoustic) met Evan Ford (harmony, mandolin, electric). From its origins as a folk duo, they expanded when they met local Knoxville musicians Luke Bowers (drums), Matt Nelson (Upright Bass) and Jake Smith (electric guitar). Their production often expands to include violin player Kaitlyn Ferry and others as seen in their cover of “Staying Alive”, which premiered on Paste Magazine and was featured on JamBase, Relix, and numerous other publications. They have also been featured on American Songwriter, Brite Revolution, and Live & Breathing.
Formed under the idea of “Good People. Good Music,” in April of 2013, Family And Friends is the summation of 7 people rapt in indie-folk-rock. Based out of Athens, GA, they triumph exhilarating and heart-pumping live shows with two drummers that are standing at almost all times, deeply layered instrumentation, and vocal harmonies that push their songs closer to home.