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It begins with a book.

One book is given to both a songwriter and a visual artist. They write a song and create a work of art inspired by the book they read fulfilling their TRIO. Each TRIO will travel to museums, galleries, and literary events throughout the following year.

The books chosen for the 2020 TRIO Exhibit are Appalachian Book of the Dead by Dale Neal, Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera, Chinaberry Sidewalks by Rodney Crowell, Darling Girl by Terry H. Watkins, For You to See the Stars by Radney Foster, Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown, I Am a Town by Shari Smith, Ill-Mannered Ghosts by Nicole Sarrocco, I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal, John Prine: In Spite of Himself by Eddie Huffman, The Last Entry by Jim Hamilton, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill by Kimberly J. Simms, Out Past the Wires by Rod Picott, Stay by Bobbie Pyron, Thelonious Rising by Judith Richards, There You Are by Mathea Morais, Treeborne by Caleb Johnson, Witch Hairs: Mirth, Miracles, Mayhem & Music by Dixie Gamble, and Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark by Tamara Saviano.

TRIO songwriters include award-winning musicians and songwriters Sarah Aili, William Beckmann, Mark Bumgarner, PJ Brunson, Steve Conn, Patrick & Kay Crouch, Mark Currey, Ben de la Cour, Eric Erdman, Radney Foster, John Jorgenson, Rod Picott, Sunny Sweeney, and Molly Thomas.

Visual artist TRIO contributors cover a wide variety of media and genres and include M.C. Churchill-Nash, Robert Oren Eades, Amie Esslinger, Sally Fanjoy & James LaBrenz, Charlie Frye, Keith Funderburk, Joanie Gardner, Melissa Gibson, Stacie Huckeba, Marianne Huebner, Nikki Kozak, Liz McKay, Jennifer Pierstorff, Sarah Rakes, Stacey Pilkington-Smith, and Wes Waugh.

TRIO’s creator is Shari Smith, the creative and maternal force behind Working Title Farm, author of I Am A Town, and script writer of many stage productions combining literature and music that change with every performance, defying description and delighting audiences. She is a publisher and an editor who is sometimes forced into being a backup singer.

Book the TRIO Exhibit here.

Appalachian Book of the Dead

Author:
Dale Neal
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Songwriter:
Ben de la Cour
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Visual Artist:
Jennifer Pierstorff
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Call Your Daughter Home

Author:
Deb Spera
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Songwriter:
JoAnna Janet
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Visual Artist:
Amie Esslinger
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Chinaberry Sidewalks

Author:
Rodney Crowell
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Songwriter:
William Beckmann
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Visual Artist:
Stacie Huckeba
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Darling Girl

Author:
Terry H. Watkins
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Songwriter:
Sarah Aili
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Visual Artist:
Stacey Pilkington-Smith
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For You to See the Stars

Author:
Radney Foster
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Author:
Radney Foster
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Visual Artist:
Keith Funderburk

Gods of Howl Mountain

Author:
Taylor Brown
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Songwriter:
Rod Picott
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Visual Artist:
Robert Oren Eades
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I Am A Town

Author:
Shari Smith
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Songwriter:
Mark Currey
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Visual Artist:
M.C. Churchill-Nash
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Ill-Mannered Ghosts

Author:
Nicole Sarrocco
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Songwriter:
Rod Picott
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Visual Artist:
Nikki Kozak

I'm Not Dying With You Tonight

Authors:
Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Songwriter:
Mark Bumgarner
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Visual Artist:
Wes Waugh
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John Prine: In Spite of Himself

Author:
Eddie Huffman
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Songwriter:
Sarah Aili
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Visual Artist:
Marianne Heubner
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The Last Entry

Author:
Jim Hamilton

Songwriters:
Patrick & Kay Crouch

Visual Artist:
Charlie Frye
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Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill

Author:
Kimberly J. Simms
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Songwriter:
PJ Brunson
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Visual Artist:
Liz McKay
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Out Past the Wires

Author:
Rod Picott
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Author:
Rod Picott
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Visual Artists:
Sally Fanjoy & James LaBrenz
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Stay

Author:
Bobbie Pyron
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Songwriter:
PJ Brunson
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Visual Artist:
Nikki Kozak

Thelonious Rising

Author:
Judith Richards
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Songwriter:
Steve Conn
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Visual Artist:
Sarah Rakes
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There You Are

Author:
Mathea Morais
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Songwriter:
Eric Erdman
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Visual Artist:
Stacie Huckeba
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Treeborne

Author:
Caleb Johnson
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Author:
Radney Foster
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Visual Artist:
Joanie Gardner

Witch Hairs

Author:
Dixie Gamble
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Songwriter:
John Jorgenson
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Visual Artist:
Liz McKay
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Without Getting Killed or Caught

Author:
Tamara Saviano
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Performers:
Eric Erdman, Radney Foster & Rod Picott

Visual Artist:
Melissa Gibson