For an independent artist living in a town where it seems EVERYONE plays music, it's an all too familiar challenge to fill a room with listeners. Introduce a big room like The City Winery into the mix and it's nearly impossible.
But on Tuesday March 27th, The Young Fables SOLD OUT The City Winery in Nashville, TN. And they did it independently. A pretty impressive feat for an independent duo from Maryville, TN peddling songs in town less than four years.
For most, the evening began by claiming their tickets at will call, and spending a moment reading the inspirations behind The Young Fables’ album “Old Songs” displayed on a seven foot hand carved mahogany easel. Smiles and whispers filled the lobby. “Did you hear? I think they sold it out?!”
Opener Erick Baker crooned away his gospel-based best and had no trouble converting ticket purchasers into new fans. And then it was on to Chuck Wicks of NASH FM's America's Morning Show to introduce Laurel Wright and Wes Lunsford of The Young Fables. The duo was joined by Vicki Vaughn (stand up bass), Chris Benelli (drums/percussion), and the highly decorated utility player Jimmy Stewart (mandolin, banjo, dobro, lap steel, fiddle). Jimmy has shared a stage with everyone from The Rascal Flatts, to Reba to Dolly herself.
Against a classic country background, chockfull of vintage typewriters, repurposed palettes and antique chests, the band delivered more than an hour of music and unforgettable moments. The vintage style, red-grill SHURE microphone set at center stage was made famous by Miranda Lambert at the 2017 CMA Awards. The mic made it's way to the release courtesy of SHURE microphone representative Ryan Smith. Miranda would have been proud on Tuesday evening. Laurel Wright, donning a custom designed traditional country dress (by Kat's Original Designs) never dropped a note.
The Young Fables played through their latest album "Old Songs", while weaving some Patsy Cline and Prince into the mix. Laurel Wright silenced the room with her gentle version of "Crazy", a song she has been singing since she was a little girl. And Wes Lunsford led the band's popular rendition of "Purple Rain”, taking his moment in the spotlight with lead vocals and delivering an acrobatic guitar solo that summoned a standing ovation mid set.
But the real magic seemed to emit from The Young Fables’ authentic original songs and the stories that accompanied them. While listeners, including “Old Songs” producer Mitch Dane, enjoyed the venue’s menu and cases of The Young Fables’ very own Modern Traditional Country Wine, the room was filled with storytelling and emotion. Arguably the most powerful moment of the evening was a video intermission dedicated to Laurel’s recently departed younger sister Lindy, that stole the hearts of even the waiting staff. The video was set to “Your Kind of Company”, a song with a heartfelt message for victims of substance abuse, and introduced by Erin Daunic of Nashville’s STARS organization.
After a rollercoaster of emotion and an encore performance of “Two”, the crowd queued up for a meet and greet with The Young Fables and Erick Baker. The front of the line met a red carpet, professional photo lighting and a 12 foot step & repeat from local concert promoters and independent network giants Nashville Unsigned.
The night may have come to a close, but the potential of The Young Fables has merely begun. The album is out and the story is on the street. These kids have something special, something timeless and something freshly classic.
Treat yourself to the magic that is “Old Songs” from The Young Fables.
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