Thu – The Writer’s Share Presents Shannon Wright, Jon Byrd, and Stephanie Lambring, w/ special guest Adam Wright
Shannon Wright, along with her husband and songwriting partner Adam Wright, moved from Atlanta, Georgia, to Nashville in September 2002. It was then that they became the well-known roots-driven songwriting duo, The Wrights. Shannon and Adam wrote all of the songs for their debut RCA/ACR album, Down This Road. The single and title track from that album made Rolling Stones’ top ten country singles list in 2005. The Wrights went on to record a self-titled EP and two more critically acclaimed albums: In the summertime, a collection of acoustic covers and Red and Yellow, Blue and Green. Along the way they toured with artists like Lucinda Williams, Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town, Chris Isaak and many more. The duo got to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN over 30 times.
Even during The Wrights’ busy performing schedule, Shannon was making a name as a songwriter. “When we were playing music back in Atlanta we had a small blurb about one of our shows in the local rag. The journalist called me a singer/songwriter. It was, to date, one of the most memorable moments of my life. I had always been called a singer, but it was the first time anyone had ever called me songwriter. I was determined to live up to the title I had so much respect for and I didn’t take it lightly.” Shannon has had cuts by major country artists like Alan Jackson, Sunny Sweeney, Lee Ann Womack, Aubrie Sellers as well as the “King of Rock and Soul” Solomon Burke and many other folk, blues and bluegrass artists. She has had several songs featured in the show Nashville, as well as songs in MTV Scream, The Fosters, Army Wives, Sons of Anarchy, Intervention, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Epix show Graves and in the movie Good Intentions.
Even though Shannon does not tour these days – preferring to stay close to home and her two little boys – she continues to write. One of her songs, “The Deep End”, will be on singer/songwriter Mando Saenz’s forthcoming album. It is rare for Shannon to appear outside of Nashville these days, and it is a treat to have her perform for The Writer’s Share.
Without realizing it, 9 months of playing every Tuesday night at Nashville’s Dickerson Pike dive Charlie Bob’s amounted to 9 months of priceless pre-production for Jon Byrd’s fourth recording Dirty Ol’ River. Going into TJ Tunes Studio with Producer Thomm Jutz and with Thomm’s laser focus on capturing the moment, plus some of the regular Byrd’s Auto Parts band, Jon was hoping to track at least 4 songs. That’s a good day on some studio days. What he didn’t count on was that playing these songs— originals, covers, songs of songwriting pals— for the last months made him acutely aware of exactly what he wanted for each song: tempo, phrasing, instrumentation, and so many more production details. By the end of the day they had basic tracks for 9 songs.
Much like his critically acclaimed Byrd’s Auto Parts album of 2007, Dirty Ol’ River has great originals, songs by two of Byrd’s favorite Nashville writers: Davis Raines and Butch Primm, plus two very cool old country music covers: one penned by Tammy Wynette and one by Steve Young.
“I’d highly advise you to lose yourself in the music of Jon Byrd as soon as you can. There’s a thing, and certain songwriters seem to have it, where they make you lean in when they sing. Jon has that. He’s an important singer because he’s willing to tell it like it is. Songs like “Dirty Ol’ River” and “I Can Dream” off his latest album just blow me away. Jon is real and Jon is sturdy. Just like his songs and his singing.” – Aaron Lee Tasjan (Love the album, by the way. gorgeous. ALT)
“Jon Byrd is one the great under-the-radar treasures of Nashville. His thick as molasses, authentic country voice and lazy as a summer day delivery are so effortless it’s easy to miss his beautiful sense of song craft and lyrical gifts. Jon Byrd is the real deal – a diamond among fakes.” – Rod Picott
“Traditionalists are normally about replication. Jon Byrd writes and sings traditional country music in a way that is entirely atypical. I don’t know how he does it. I just know I love it when he does it. And he does it in every second of every song.” – Peter Cooper
“Jon Byrd: subtly refining the folk-country singer-songwriter template. There’s a spry, temperate intelligence to his work, from his songwriting to his fingerpicked guitar figures and vocal phrasing.” — Jewly Hight, NPR World Café – BEST MUSIC OF 2017: ESSENTIAL AND EMERGING ARTISTS
Stephanie Lambring remembers trying not to like the music her dad discovered during fruitful visits to Barnes and Noble in the nearby college town of Bloomington, Indiana. It didn’t work; Gillian Welch’s “Orphan Girl” serenaded her in the backseat during long, lazy car rides. Patty Griffin’s “Rain” mesmerized her from the second she heard it. Chris Knight’s “William” cut her to the core. Little by little, roots music was being woven into her soul.
A few years and a bad breakup later, Lambring started writing about her own pain. In 2006, she moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. She immersed herself in writers’ rounds and showcases, and during her senior year she gained some traction in the UK. Stephanie made her radio debut on legendary Bob Harris’ Saturday Night Programme on BBC Radio 2 in late 2008. This led to the recording of her 2009 full-length album, Lonely to Alone and a subsequent UK tour. In 2010, Harris featured Lambring on his program with a 45-minute interview and live performance. She has booked five UK tours to date.
During her time in Nashville, Stephanie has served as a staff writer for BMG and Carnival Music. Several of her songs have been featured on the hit TV show Nashville, and independent artists Andrew Combs, Caroline Spence, Mary Bragg, and Hailey Whitters have recorded tunes cowritten with Lambring. In 2016, Stephanie won Atlanta’s acclaimed Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shootout (previous winners include John Mayer, Shawn Mullins and Jennifer Nettles).
The past few years, Stephanie has taken a few steps back from the music industry to rediscover her love for music. She looks forward to recording a new album one day and is thoroughly enjoying the creative process in the meantime.
Adam Wright is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. His rooted, literary style, has earned him a stellar reputation among some of Nashville’s most well respected artists, producers, and writers. His songs have been recorded by country music icons such as Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and Garth Brooks as well as nontraditional newcomers like Brent Cobb and Aubrie Sellers.
The song “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore”, written by Wright and Jay Knowles, was recorded by Alan Jackson and nominated for “Country Song of the Year” at the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Adam also co-produced Jackson’s critically acclaimed ‘The Bluegrass Album’. His song “Thunder and Lightning”, recorded by Lonesome River Band, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
Adam’s work with The Wrights, a duo with his wife Shannon, is still highly regarded for its songwriting, harmonies and production. Their debut single “Down This Road” was listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top ten country singles the year of its release. The Wrights recorded four studio albums and toured with Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Raul Malo (The Mavericks), Little Big Town, and others before taking a break from the road to focus on writing and family.
Adam’s song “The Way I’m Livin’” was the first single and the title track for Lee Ann Womack’s 2014 comeback album. The album earned Womack a Grammy nomination for “Country Album of the Year” in 2015. The song also earned Womack a CMT Video Award in the Female Video category.
Adam’s bouncy, sing-a-long tune “Wrong About You” was included on Garth Brooks’ first studio album in 13 years, Man Against Machine
Adam’s full length solo album, Dust, was released in August 2017. He is currently on tour with Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack.