Winds of Change



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.

Cereus Bright is managed by Ben Baruch at 11e1evengroup. Their booking agent is Joe Atamian at Paradigm Booking.

For more information about their tour, click here. More information can be found on twitter, facebook, instagram, or youtube.


Winds of Change

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Stayin' Alive

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Happier Than Me

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Goldmine EP

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Paste Magazine

Their emotional lyrics and impassioned folk sound were enough to make new fans of any onlooker and thrill the longtime followers who turned out to catch the set.

American Songwriter - Daily Discovery


Paste Magazine - Stayin' Alive Premiere


The Music Bed

"Cereus Bright is not for the flimsy folk enthusiast. The depth and purity of what the duo delivers stands out in a superficial sea of melodic trends and gimmicks. Such a rich set of songs has proved them worthy of numerous film-synchs and hours of recreational listening on repeat.”


"If you are considering going to a Cereus Bright concert, stop considering and just go... Cereus Bright won’t let you down”.

The Daily Beacon

A night of breathtaking moments and authentic folk music.

Music City Roots

"There are so many harmony driven folk duos these days you could start a magazine, and Knoxville newcomers Cereus Bright could make its cover pretty soon... Tyler Anthony and Evan Ford are the instigators here, and we got to see them again the following night at Scenic City Roots, where they confirmed that yep, they’re a fine band with much promise."

Music Savage

"The night began with Cereus Bright, an act out of Knoxville Tennessee, who surprised us with their own brand of modern folk music, jangly, good harmonies, and catchy songwriting. They wooed us with an interesting cover of the Bee Gees, and some really catchy songs off of a few of their recent EPs. “Stella,” a tune from their Happier than Me EP, was particularly great, they made for an interesting opener and set us all up for a great show."


"The lead vocals, harmony, and string work is all of incredible quality. The saddest part about this EP is that it’s just too short! I’m keeping these guys on my short list, for sure."


"A majestic, dark and stormy string orchestra and mandolin-driven Bee Gees cover"

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