The Briars are a Chattanooga based Americana duo featuring Jerris Schmidt and Robert Lovett, each sharing lead and harmony vocals, and each on guitar and percussion. The two also write, both separately and collaboratively, and the results are sure to please anyone who appreciates modern, melodic songs with acoustic textures rooted in traditional American music. They have been well-received in live appearances and online, and have received radio acclaim on WUTC’s “River City Sessions”, and two “Live at the Library” sessions on the same Chattanooga station. A self-titled EP has been released to most download stores, and has received radio play and coverage in Chattanooga's Pitch Sifter music newsletter. A full length cd is due out soon. Vocal harmonies are the bow that ties everything together. The joy of working together truly comes through when they share their heartfelt, homemade songs. They also enjoy covering favorite artists, such as Brandi Carlile, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, and Gillian Welch. It all adds up to a warm live music experience, and the fruit of this duo's labor of love continues to open up and grow, taking them to festivals, coffee houses, concert venues, restaurants, bars, private events, and everywhere people are listening.


"The Briars...deliver crystal clear harmonies...driven by masterfully played acoustic instruments..."

                                     -Stratton Tingle (Pitch Sifter)

"The Briars are a highly entertaining duo whose live performance is filled with a high energy vibe and an authentic one-of-a-kind sound. The covers they perform are resonant, but the real magic happens when they perform a song from their growing list of originals."               -Rachel Hannah (Chattannoga, TN)