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Just this past April, I had the overwhelming pleasure of experiencing folk band Cereus Bright bring down the house as they played their fantastic cover of the Bee Gees disco classic when they opened up a CAS secret show for The Lone Bellow at the Marathon Village complex in Nashville. Cereus Bright has now upped the ante as their official video for “Stayin’ Alive” released last week. The band’s rendition expertly retains the soulful heart of the song while simultaneously maintaining their own folk identity. The video is masterfully directed, produced and edited by the band’s own Evan Ford (lead guitar, mandolin, backup vocals) and is backed by a killer string ensemble, giving the song powerhouse depth that rivals that of a live performance.

Cereus Bright was formed less than three years ago by Ford and lead vocalist and guitarist Tyler Anthony in Knoxville, TN. In that short amount of time, the duo has harnessed a complex and mature sound that feels closer to that of a band that has been playing together for decades. With two EP’s under their belt and the additions of bassist Matt Nelson and drummer Luke Bowers, Cereus Bright looks to kick off a 20-stop U.S. tour in St. Louis, MO on the 14th of this month. Download their debut EP, Goldmine, for free on their website and get their latest EP, Happier Than Me, on iTunes.

Christian Lerchenfeld

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Finishing off this month’s Communion Artist Spotlight, in anticipation for tonight’s Communion Nashville Christmas Special, is a band who has quickly become one of our favorite new artists here at CAS in only a mere few months. Having played two Cause A Scene shows in 2013, Cereus Bright, a folk duo from Knoxville, TN is a band that is quickly shaking up the folk music scene, shying away from current indie folk-pop and digging up the roots of the historically rich genre.

Comprised of Tyler Anthony (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Evan Ford (lead guitar, mandolin, backup vocals), Cereus Bright has in a very short period of time developed a sound a sound and identity that is grounded in simplistic melodies and complex and meaningful lyricism that ode the themes found in the folk tunes of yesteryear. In just two years time, the pair has been writing nonstop, released two EPs and played show after show in any cramped venue or coffee shop across the greater Southeast that would let them bust open their guitar cases, and the work is certainly beginning to pay off.

In the time that Anthony and Ford have been writing and playing together, they have garnered a rapidly growing fan base and began to receive national attention following the release of their first EP, Goldmine, in November of 2012. The band recently released their sophomore EP, Happier Than Me, just last month, from which the track “Stella” was their second song to be featured in Volvo’s “Joyride” campaign.

See Cereus Bright tonight along with Milktooth, Joseph Arthur, Rosco Bandana and Josephine and the Wildfront at The High Watt on Cannery Row, at the Nashville Communion December Club Night. It is going to be a festive occasion ripe with great music and the tackiest of sweaters. The music begins at 7:30 PM and tickets are only $5.

Christian Lerchenfeld

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Come out to the west side of town, just a mile or so from Hillsboro Village and Vanderbilt’s campus this Wednesday night for a lineup of folk and Americana acts perfect for an August evening in Tennessee. Classically trained, Andrew Leahey began his career singing in the Juilliard Chorale in NYC performing at venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Dissatisfied with classical music, Leahey headed to Michigan where he began to focus on songwriting. Now a resident of Nashville where he formed Andrew Leahey & the Homestead, Leahey has cultivated a sound that blends rock n’ roll, Americana and alt-country, creating a rich and authentic sound that echoes an authenticity that is rarely heard. It was while on tour between Nashville and Leahey’s native hometown of Richmond, VA that he found the inspiration for the band’s latest EP, Summer Sleeves, which released this past April. Mixed by David Barbe, who has produced albums for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers and Son Volt, Summer Sleeves is a stunning showcase of the talent that Andrew Leahey & the Homestead have to offer.

Also on the bill for the evening are folk musicians Tyler Anthony and Evan Ford. This Knoxville based duo, known as Cereus Bright, strives to make music that is rooted in simple melodies and anchored by their passionate harmonies and lyricism, and it is safe to say that they hit the mark. Having released their debut EP, Goldmine,¬†only last November, the duo has spent the months since touring the greater Southeast with the sole goal to spread their music to all who care to listen. They will be doing just that this Wednesday as they make their second Cause A Scene appearance, and we at CAS can’t wait to welcome them back, and this time around they will be bringing their full band along with them.

Indie folk band Count This Penny will also be filling the Nashville air with their acoustic melodies this Wednesday. Located out of Madison, WI, Count This Penny has garnered a lot of buzz in only a few short years, having their national radio debut on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. The trio also¬†recorded and released both a full-length album and EP in 2012, the latter of which, titled From Paper to Iron, took the #6 spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart.

Local folk duo The Rough & Tumble, will complete the lineup and are sure to complement an evening of spectacular performances. The festivities will begin at 2803 Acklen Avenue at 8:00PM. Get your tickets here for $7 in advance. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Christian Lerchenfeld