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CMA Fest – The Young Fables

Splice caught up with The Young Fables at CMA Fest in NashvilleTennessee. Check out what Laurel Wright & Wes Lunsford had to say



This weekend has been unforgettable. Our very first @cma fest has been a success! We want to thank everyone who believes in us & supports us. Our PR team over @plamedia always goes above & beyond for us. @marklogsdon is an absolute God send & we are so grateful for him. Thank you to our manager, @patryklarney, for being the third member of TYF. Couldn't do this without him. Catch us tonight at @wildhorsesaloon at 7:15 SHARP 🐴🤠 •••• #theyoungfables #duo #moderntraditionalcountry #cmafest #cma #cmafest2018 #cmaspotlightartist #americana #americanaduo #americanamusic #commentforcomment #indie #indieduo #indiemusic #indieartist #independent #independentartist #independentmusic #country #countryband #countrymusic #countryduo #countrymusiclover #sundayfunday #wildhorsesaloon #nashvilleduo #nashvilletn #downtownnashville #cmaweek

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The Young Fables:

A great way to get to know us in a flash, is to watch the two videos below. They highlight how our latest upcoming record “OLD SONGS” came to be and a good view of how we got there!

The Young Fables (TYF) are a promising country duo comprised of three-time American Idol vet Laurel Wright and accomplished guitarist and vocalist Wesley Lunsford. The act hails from Maryville, TN and has already collected impressive accolades including the Grand Prize at the Texaco Country Showdown which landed Laurel on the Ryman Auditorium stage at age 16.

Fast forward five years to 2017, TYF spent the year engaging and organically expanding their grassroots following while on the road supporting their debut release Two. They’ve appeared with such notable acts as Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Randy Houser, The Band Perry and Chris Lane. Quickly becoming a breakthrough face on the country scene, outlets like the world-renown “The Boot,” “NASH Country Daily,” the UK’s “Think Country” and TN Vacation all spotlighted this emerging act. Capturing the ears and attention of two of the industry’s most revered names, Keith Urban said they “had me immediately” and Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta praised “a flawless vocal.”

The fan-favorite “Covering Your Tracks” video series solidified Laurel and Wesley as prolific online performers and a stand out act in Music City. Securing a win at the Nashville finals of the NASH FM nationwide NASH NEXT competition, the radio giant embraced the duo as an America’s Morning Show Ty, Kelly and Chuck favorite, regularly highlighting The Young Fables’ songwriting strength in the Ten Minute Tune segment. Partnering with CMT, the network exclusively premiered their first single “Completely,” a song that would go on to find regular rotation on video programming like The Country Network.

This year, TYF have wrapped recording on their sophomore album titled Old Songs with the Grammy Award winning producer Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath & Caedmon’s Call). These ten songs establish The Young Fables’ sonic home in the Country/Americana community as a modern proclaimer and preservationist of classic country’s storytelling roots.  Half As Good will serve as the premiere single release from the album and be available on all major online retailers on March 23.

Laurel Wright
I’m from Maryville Tennessee, a beautiful little city nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. I started singing in church when I was just 3 years old. At age 10, the loss of my great papaw inspired me to pick up my first guitar, and with mom’s help, I wrote my first song. During my sophomore year of high school, I got really serious about my music. It quickly became apparent to me that I would need to devote hours per day to practice and writing. I wanted to focus more on my music, which led me to quit the high school basketball team and become homeschooled. At age 16, I was the youngest winner (a record that stands to this day) of the Texaco Country Showdown. That specific year, about 50,000 people nationwide entered the competition. Out of those 50,000, the top five would perform their original music on the Ryman Auditorium Stage. LeAnn Rimes hosted the event and I won the grand prize of $100,000. The day after I turned 19, I moved to Nashville. I worked as a restaurant hostess while pursuing my goal of earning a full-time music career. In less than a year, I was able to accomplish just that alongside guitarist Wesley Lunsford. I’ve been a semi finalist on American Idol Season 13 and 14 and in the final Season 15 I made it into the top 48. Wes and I have opened for some amazing artists: Sara Evans, Randy Houser, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Joe Nichols, and more.

Meeting Wes was a serious game-changer for me and my music career. When my former lead guitarist backed out of a gig at the last minute, my drummer said he knew “a guy named Wes”. From the first moment I heard Wes play, I’ve never wanted another guitarist. He’s not only one of the most talented people I’ve ever met, but also one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever worked with. Wes was my lead guitar player for about a year and a half before I moved to Nashville. Just before I moved, Wes told me he wanted to be a part of anything and everything in which I was involved. We haven’t played a show without each other in over a year, we write all of our songs together and he brings something completely unique to everything I do.

Wes Lunsford
I was born in Tallassee, Tennessee – East Tennessee. At age 9, Mom made me take piano lessons for a year, which then led to a second year. When I was 14, Mom knew I wanted to learn guitar, so for Christmas she gave me my first guitar. Back then, I loved The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd… (I still love all of those). At age 15, I started a band and I was the lead vocalist and lead guitar player. About four years later we were offered a deal, but we turned it down. Shortly after that, the band split and we went our separate ways. I studied music business for a year at MTSU, but decided that wasn’t really what I wanted to do. In 2009 I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee with a concentration in Studio Music and Jazz. During, and after college, I freelanced for various bands around the Eastern United States. I had the opportunity to play music in China for 6 months, 7 days a week, with some of my closest friends. Oddly enough, while in China, I started listening to (and loving) country music. I was offered another contract to stay in China, but declined because I wanted to come back to play country music. After returning to the states, I played country music for a small label’s various artists in East Tennessee. Some of the people I met during that time knew Laurel. It was a friend from that group who called me that night to fill in on guitar with Laurel. I come from a music loving family; I have very supportive parents, step-parents, brothers and grandparents. I’ve worked with a lot of musicians, but knew from the moment we started working and writing together that Laurel and I had something very special.

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