Friends and Foes are a country/rock duo from Nashville that formed out of the ashes of the popular rock band Wake the Light. TJay Tipps (vocals) and Eli Phipps (multi-instrumentalist) reached impressive highs in their tenure in Wake the Light, culminating with signing a recording contract with an imprint of Warner Brothers records. Their debut album was mixed and mastered, and although released digitally, was never released in stores. After false starts and attempts to start over the band fell apart and parted ways. Unfortunately for the members of the group they were signed to the contract as a band and individuals. The members would be sidelined for 2 years while the contract ran it’s course. “Not being able to what we love for two years was one of the hardest things we had to deal with” says Eli Phipps. Once the contract was up and the members were free to continue their careers, TJay and Eli started writing again. “We did not have a plan or a goal or set out to “be” anything. We just started writing to write” says TJay. The songs that were coming from the duo were more organic and real than their previous songs from Wake the Light. Both young men are from West Tennessee and have plenty of Southern stories of their upbringing to bring to the table. “We have influences from everywhere you can imagine, so we do not want to be a one dimensional group” says Phipps. The first single from the group is a feel good, spring break themed song in the vein of Luke Bryan called “PCB.” It is an uptempo rocker about heading to the mythical PCB during college spring break. The song is now available on iTunes and other digital outlets. Spring plans for Friends and Foes call for the recording of an EP and shows throughout the Southeast during the summer.