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 be installed as part of an exhibit debuting at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance in September of 2015 and traveling to museums, galleries, and literary events throughout the following year.
Among the books chosen for the Inaugural Trio Exhibit are Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg, Chinaberry Sidewalks by Rodney Crowell, In the Dark of the Moon by Suzanne Hudson, The World’s Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key, and On the Water by Guy de la Valdene.
The songwriters in Trio include Grammy winners Tim Carter and Rodney Crowell, the only Trio artist invited as both an author and a songwriter, Mac McAnally, seven-time winner of CMA’s Musician of the Year, Marty Dodson, Mary Gautier, and Clay Mills, the writers behind Number One Hits and music chosen for the television drama Nashville.
The visual artists are a diverse group from photographers to painters to sculptors to a visual and special effects director in feature films. The exhibit will even include the artistry of knife making in the Trio of Guy de la Valdene’s book, On the Water with the bird and trout knife of A.B.A. Master Smith J.R. Cook, named a “Living Legend” by his home state of Arkansas.
Trio’s creator is Shari Smith, whom editor Joe Formichella called “the mad Dr. Frankenstein” behind the anthology and cd, The Shoe Burnin’, Stories of Southern Soul, and the script writer and mother hen of the stage production, The Shoe Burnin’ Show, a combination of literature and music that changes with every performance, defying description and delighting audiences.
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Guy de la Valdene, author
Guy de la Valdene was born and raised in France. His earlier books include For a Handful of Feathers, Making Game, An Essay on Woodcock, Red Stag, The Fragrance of Grass, and On the Water, a meditation on water and nature, fishing and growing older, and of the sporting life well lived. His articles have appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Sports Afield, Garden and Gun, and Field & Stream, among other publications. He lives on an eight-hundred acre farm outside of Tallahassee, Florida.
Chris Clifton is of Texas and music born. He’s known as one of the great guitar stylists playing blues, jazz, and country with an artist’s soul and a scholar’s dedication. Chris has played in Key West with a pirate in search of a shaker of salt, in Texas with a legend with two more bottles of wine, and in Martha’s Vineyard with a Handy Man, his sister, and all of his brothers with Carolina in their minds. He lives on Waterhole Branch near Fairhope, Alabama with writer, Shari Smith, Trio’s creator.
J.R. Cook, artist
J.R. Cook, an instructor for the Blade Smithing School in Old Washington, Arkansas is a full time knife maker with a Masters rating with the American Bladesmith Society. His work has been featured in both national publications and magazines abroad. J.R. lives in Nashville, Arkansas with his wife Terri where he takes fiddle lessons with his beloved grandson.
Before becoming a writer, Judith Richards was an actress, an animal trainer, and a carny hauling pig-iron, managing big rides on America’s midways. Thelonious Rising, her sixth novel, reflects her lifelong love of music and fascination with the city of New Orleans. Judith’s other works include After the Storm, The Sounds of Silence, and Triple Indemnity.
Ericson Holt is a bluesy, soulful singer-songwriter from Richmond, Virginia with strong, high energy, New Orleans influences in his piano playing and singing.
His debut CD, “The Blue Side,”, reached the Top 30 of the Americana Music Chart and #4 on The Roots Rock Report. He is a featured performer in the new Ralph DePalma book, “The Soul Of Key West.” Holt has toured the world and recorded with hundreds of artists including The Mavericks, Mike Farris, Phil Lee, Jim Lauderdale and The Coal Men, to name just a few.
Beth grew up a small town preacher’s daughter near Mobile Bay. Fresh from a divorce, she bought her first camera with money from a tax return and used the last of her savings to lease a condo less than a mile from the biggest bar on the Gulf Coast. A documentary filmmaker gave Beth her first assignment shooting a songwriters festival. Songwriter and friend Wayne Mills listened as Beth confessed being exhausted and frustrated with her life and insisted she use her obvious gift with a camera. “You have to do this, Beth. You don’t have a choice.” One week later, Wayne was shot and killed in Nashville in a story that garnered national attention.
Beth has honored her friend. With music as her passion and the camera as her love her portfolio now holds Tedechsichi Trucks Band, Merle Haggard, Widespread Panic, Jason Isbell, Billy Currington, Robert Earl Keen, Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, and more. She also loves street and travel photography, recently spending 8 days alone in Havanna, Cuba. She’s been published in American Songwriter, Legends, and Outlaw Magazine.
Raised in Arkansas and a longtime resident of Alabama, Jennifer Horne is a writer, editor, and teacher who explores Southern identity and experience, through prose, poetry, and fiction. Tell the World You’re a Wildflower is a collection of short stories in the voices of Southern women and girls. She authored two poetry chapbooks and a poetry collection, Bottle Tree, and the editor of Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets. She co-edited All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality and Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality. Jennifer was a contributor to The Shoe Burnin’, Stories of Southern Soul and is a cast member of The Shoe Burnin’ Show.
Orphaned in New Orleans, Mary was eventually adopted and raised in Baton Rouge. At 15, she stole her parents car and hit the road, spent her 18th birthday in jail, had various stints in rehab, dropped out of her senior year at LSU and was saved by music, “the truthtellers”. She released her debut album, Dixie Kitchen, and was nominated for Best New Contemporay Folk Artist. Drag Queens in Limousines, and Filth and Fire followed named Best Indy CD of the Year by the New York Times, and Best Singer/Songwriter Album of the Year.
Mary moved to Nashville was she garnered comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle. Mary’s work is now held in the highest esteem and she often shares her journey and her talent with her students in songwriting retreats and workshops.
Jennifer’s still life paintings are vibrant and energetic portrayals of humble, everyday objects rendered in oil and collage. She paints to arouse emotion and encourage thought, to carry out the great tradition of storytelling, creating with paint instead of words.
Jennifer is a self taught artist who lives in Fairhope, Alabama with her family.
Harrison Scott Key, author
Harrison Scott Key is the author of the memoir The World’s Largest Man (HarperCollins), nominated for the 2015 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction. Harrison’s humor and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, Oxford American, Outside, The New York Times, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Salon, Reader’s Digest, Image, and Creative Nonfiction. Harrison’s plays and monologues have been performed at theaters across the South and in New York.
He holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and a Ph.D. in playwriting and teaches writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Born in Belmont, Mississippi, Mac McAnally has written several No. 1 hits, beginning with Alabama’s “Old Flame.” His star shines even brighter among music business insiders. For years a first-call musician in both Nashville and Muscle Shoals, he has amassed vast session credits with George Strait, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Keith Whitley, George Jones, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Billy Joel, Trisha Yearwood, Reba His peers have voted him CMA Musician of the Year for an unprecedented seven years in a row. He’s a member of the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
Mac is also a longtime member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.
Sloan Bibb worked in the advertising/design industry for 12 years, his artwork heavily influenced by the industry. Incorporating textural elements into his designs, the majority is painting and assemblage.
The heart and soul of his work is texture, most of creations “happy” mistakes”. Sloan knows what the main element will be when starting, but flips through old magazines and catalogs, growing the story with things that don’t go or are just comical together.
Shari Smith, author
Shari Smith is the author of I Am A Town, the orchestrator of and contributor to The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul and also is the script writer and producer of the Shoe Burnin’ Show. She has been published in Thicket Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina Magazine, O. Henry Magazine, and Pinestraw Magazine; and she also has written for BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated).
Shari’s heart remains “home” in western North Carolina though she lives on Waterhole Branch near Fairhope, Alabama with guitarist Chris Clifton, another of Trio’s artists. She is the creator of Trio.
Originally from North Carolina, Tim Carter has made his home in Nashville, Tennessee since 1994. Part of the Carter Family music tradition, Tim and his brother, Danny anchor The Carter Brothers Band, an Americana/Bluegrass Band that Tim describes as “Tom Petty meets New Grass Revival.” Tim plays mandolin and banjo including an electric banjo on an instrumental introduction he wrote for “Mr. Spaceman”, a staple in all Carter Brothers’ performances.
Tim is a four-time Grammy winner as a producer/engineer, recording a diverse and talented list of clientele in his Tree House Studio where he lives with his wife, Cindy.
Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Africa for over 30 years.
His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society, and two Best of Show awards from the New England Watercolor Society.
Don is the author of the books, Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor and Rough Sketches: Short Stories of a Traveling Artist. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Martha.
Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg with his keen observations, insight, and deadpan sense of humor is the author of All Over but the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, Somebody Told Me, I am a Soldier, Too; the Jessica Lynch Story, The Prince of Frogtown, The Most They Ever Had, Jerry Lee Lewis, his Own Story, and My Southern Journey. Rick has won over 50 awards for his work including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award and has been inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.
He lives in Alabama and teaches at the University of Alabama.
Rodney has released 20 albums in the past four decades, receiving awards from ASCAP, the American Music Awards, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He had five consecutive Number 1 hits from his Diamonds and Dirt album including the Grammy winner for Best Country Song.
Rodney authored his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, about his East Texas childhood with a hard drinking father and church-going mother, honky-tonk music, sex, and fighting, and love. Rodney lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Claudia Church.
Bruce Larsen is an American fine art sculptor and special effects artist whose style combines his passion for recycling with his experience of creating animals and creatures for Hollywood films. Bruce’s materials come from history, making the powerful statement that recycling can be beautiful.
Bruce’s work has been collected by President and Chelsea Clinton, Sting and Trudie Styler, Nicholas Cage, and Robert Plant. He lives with his wife in Fairhope, Alabama.
Joe Formichella is the prize-winning author of two novels, Waffle House Rules and The Wreck of the Twilight Limited. He has written three books of nonfiction: Murder Creek, Staying Ahead of the Posse, and A Condition of Freedom, which captures the history of the Pritchard Mohawks of the Negro Baseball League and was accepted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Joe edited The Shoe Burnin’ and The Salvage Man. Known for his constant support and nurturing of new writers, Joe and his wife, Suzanne Hudson, live on Waterhole Branch, a retreat and inspiration for writers, musicians, and visual artists on Fish River near Fairhope, Alabama.
Ray Weaver is first and foremost, a writer.
He has the rare ability to transform life into songs and stories that are intensely personal, yet still touch a universal chord.
Ray plays concerts and festivals across the United States and in Europe. His music has been used on the Travel Channel, the WB Network and featured on radio and internet stations worldwide.
Along with his musical endeavors, Ray works as a writer. He is a journalist for the Copenhagen Post in Copenhagen, Denmark. His short stories have been published as part of the Rocking Chair Reader series created by Adams Media and he is a regular columnist for Chesapeake Family Magazine.
AMOS KENNEDY was a successful computer programmer when he saw a printing press. Deciding his corporate life was over, he had found his calling as a printer and provocateur. He now runs a highly regarded letterpress poster shop in the town of Gordo, Alabama. Film-maker Laura Zinger was inspired enough by the story of this unlikely artist to make a documentary, “Proceed and Be Bold”.
Amos is unafraid of asking uncomfortable questions about race and artistic pretension.
Rodney has released 20 albums in the past four decades, receiving awards from ASCAP, the American Music Awards, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He had five consecutive Number 1 hits from his Diamonds and Dirt album including the Grammy winner for Best Country Song.
Rodney authored his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, about his East Texas childhood with a hard drinking father and church-going mother, honky-tonk music, sex, and fighting, and love. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Claudia Church.
Rodney Crowell is the only artist in Trio to serve as both author and songwriter.
Ray conjures allegorical, metaphorical dreamtimes. These images typically incorporate multiple media and tread the line between storytelling and the ineffable.
Ray earned a BFA and MFA degrees in Drawing and Painting at the School of Art at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he has since been chosen as outstanding alumni.
Teaching art since 1991 on the university level, Ray has twice been awarded outstanding faculty awards.
Jeff Stayton, author
Jeffrey Stayton grew up throughout Texas and lived in Mississippi before landing in Tennessee where he’s lived in Memphis for the past four years. He released his novel on the 150th anniversary year of the Civil War’s end. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi and specializes in 20th Century American literature.
He writes poetry, book reviews for the Missouri Review and has published stories in StorySouth, Lascaux and Burningword Literary Journal. “Pepper” won the Bondurant Award for Fiction, and “Chisanbop” appeared in the Best of Carve Magazine.
He is a scholar and teacher of Modernist, Southern and African-American literature, often teaching women’s literature courses as well. When not writing and teaching, he’s in his studio working on oil paintings.
Eric Erdman is a storyteller. He can write four songs about one break up. His lyrics are introspective but accessible, and profound, drawing listeners in like old friends.
With a voice that’s compared to James Taylor, Eric began as the lead singer of the funk rock band, The Ugli Stick, releasing four albums, touring the country, and performing on three USO tours. In 2012, Erdman recorded his fist solo album, My Brother’s Keepers that showed his true essence as a songwriter and performer. He followed that up with Color the Silence, recorded in Australia. His successful Not Slowing Down was recorded in Muscle Shoals.
Eric lives in Mobile, Alabama and is a cast member of The Shoe Burnin’ Show.
Tom Franklin, author
Tom Franklin is the New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include Poachers, Hell at the Breech, and Smonk.
Tom, his wife, poet Beth Ann Finnley, and their three children live in Oxford, Mississippi where Tom and Beth Ann teach in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
Beth Nielson, songwriter
From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, twice Grammy-nominated Beth Nielsen Chapman, Nashville based singer-songwriter is a breast cancer survivor, environmental activist, teacher of workshops and lecturer on the magic of creativity. She’s penned numerous hits and written songs for many artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, and many more. Her music has been heard on ER, Dawson’s Creek, Providence, Felicity and in movie soundtracks, including The Prince of Egypt, Message In A Bottle, The Rookie, Where The Heart Is and Practical Magic. Mega-hit “This Kiss,” sung by Faith Hill , was ASCAP’S 1999 Song Of The Year, garnered a Grammy nomination and Nashville’s 1999 Songwriter of the Year.
Erin Gregory, artist
originally from the Mobile/Fairhope, Alabama area, has lived in her husband Tim’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia since 2002. They have two young daughters, McCall and Lizzie. Erin paints in acrylic and occasionally in oil almost daily in her home studio.
Erin has been fascinated by art as far back as she can remember. As a child, art was always the highlight of the school day, knowing from an early age that she would be an artist when she grew up. Upon graduating from Auburn University with a BFA in painting, her first solo show at the Lyon’s Share Gallery in Fairhope, Alabama in 2001.
Marlin Barton, author
Marlin Barton has published two collections of short stories, The Dry Well and Dancing by the River, and two novels, A Broken Thing and The Cross Garden. His stories have been published in Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Best American Short Stories.
He teaches in and helps direct the Writing Our Stories program for juvenile offenders in Mt. Meigs, Alabama, and he also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College. “Bart”, as he’s known, lives outside Montgomery with his wife Rhonda.
Marty Dodson, songwriter
Born in California, Marty Dodson’s family settled in Nashville where he grew up and became the writer of six Number 1 singles. Artists including Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, and recently Blake Shelton have recorded Marty’s songs.
Marty teaches songwriting with fellow Trio artist Clay Mills through Song Town USA.
He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Candace.
Lucy Hunnicutt, artist
With bright colors and bold strokes, the images seen in the work Lucy Hunnicutt creates pay homage to her Southern roots. An Alabama native, she didn’t start painting until just before turning 40.
For nine years she lived in a small town of less than 300 people. It was in this rural town that she first began to paint. The house that she rented had been part of a land grant to African Americans after the Civil War. With two churches at each end of her street, she spent many Sunday mornings on her front porch listening to the choirs from both ends.
Lucy’s work is shown at galleries in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Several of her paintings were selected for Paramount Pictures to appear in the movie, “Last Holiday”.
Julie Murphy, author
Julie Murphy is a potty-mouthed Southern belle who was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but found her home in Fort Worth, Texas. She’s never seen Star Wars, but has yet to meet a made for TV movie she didn’t love. When she’s not writing, Julie can be found cruising Costco for free samples, watching Sister Act 2, stalking drag queens on instagram, obsessing over the logistics of Mars One, and forever searching for the perfect slice of cheese pizza. She lives with her bearded husband, two vicious cats, and one pomeranian. DUMPLIN’ is her second young adult novel.
Laci Wright never had a doubt in what she would be doing the rest of her life.
This soulful songstress born in Mobile, raised in Jackson, Alabama, brings more than a fresh voice to the Americana scene. The girl can jam on a guitar and write some of the most heart-wrenching songs you’ll hear, all at the ripe old age of twenty-six. Her dedication to her craft has keeps her able to be placed in any room with any musician and hold her own. Her debut album will be released October 2015 on Baldwin County Public Records. Her powerful delivery is one to be reckoned with, putting every ounce of emotion into her songs with hints of Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Melissa Etheridge.
Lila Graves, artist
Lila Graves has published a book of paintings, photographs, and verse entitled White Wings, telling the story of her miraculous experience with cancer. Her paintings are full of memories, tapping into your psyche, dying to open a bottle of your mother’s fingernail polish, that special “twirl” dress.
Lila has the gift for painting the things that make us refect on the past and give us hope for the future. She shares her home with daughters Lucy and Bea.
Suzanne Hudson, author
Suzanne Hudson’s writing has been described as “bawdy, grotesque, beautiful, gruesome, ribald and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny …” Hudson made a big splash in the writing community when she took first place in Penthouse Magazine’s international short story contest, judged by such authors as Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Toni Morrison.
Lisa Carver, songwriter
Lisa Carver is one of the most respected and revered writers in Nashville. Not only can she write a hit for other artists, Jewel, Julie Roberts, Shelly Fairchild, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson, as well as Sugarland’s “Everyday America.” but she from her heart and soul with not even the slightest nod to commercial viability. Lisa has harnessed and mastered the power of crafting a song that can hold an audience in awe with only a smoky sultry voice and an acoustic guitar.
Disillusioned with the formulaic norm on the commercial Nashville music scene, Carver is happiest working and writing on the fringes while honing her songwriting craft. She is currently somewhere on the side of the road west of the Mississippi with her dog in an Airstream trailer.
Shelley Smith, artist
Shelley Smith is a multi-media artist and artistic welder residing on the Gulf Coast in Perdido Beach, AL. Her primary materials are 55 gallon oil drums and other items that she recycles. She is presently working on a photo exhibit at the Mobile Arts Council entitled “Beautiful”, a collection of photographs of women of all backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities that will open in December. Her metalworks, which include jewelry, decorative items, light fixtures, and sculpture, can be viewed at the Lyonshare Gallery in Fairhope, AL, the Ashland Gallery in Mobile, AL, and The Rustic Barrel, which she co-owns with her mother, in Lillian, AL. Hew wearable metal art and jewelry can also be seen on the cover and inside story of the 50th Edition of South Magazine based in Savannah, GA. She is presently in Savannah, GA working on two metal commissions and photographing more women for her show.
Jonathan Odell, author
Jonathan Odell is the author of two novels, The Healing (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2012) and The View from Delphi (MacAdam/Cage, 2004), which has been updated and republished as Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. Odell was born and raised in Mississippi, growing up in the institutional segregation of a small town. In college he sold The Ebony Pictorial History of Black America door to door in black neighborhoods across the South while the Klan tried to discourage him. He now resides in Minnesota.
Robert Cross, songwriter
Kelly Lyons, artist
Kelley’s first memory of art was when at age five her father took her and her twin sister to the college art class at Troy University when a babysitter fell through. After getting his Fine Arts degree he opened one of the first galleries in Fairhope, Alabama, submerging Kelley in color and movement. She studied at the University of Montevallo and eventually bought her dad’s gallery, working in the art world, now for 25 years. She began painting, again a year ago, putting to canvas the images she’d been storing up in her head. Glad she waited, Kelley feels she is more patient, waiting for the complexities of effortless strokes, texture, and color.
Damon Tweedy, author
Dr. Damon Tweedy is author of Black Man in a White Coat, described as an: “Eye-opening and compelling examination of medicine’s continued discomfort with race.” For the last several years, Tweedy has written and lectured on the intersection of race and medicine, publishing articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, and the Raleigh News and Observer, in addition to the medical journals JAMA and Annals of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and Yale Law School. He is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center.
Timothy Scott Williams, songwriter
Timothy Scott, from North Carolina, writes original songs with his wife Sarah, and plays the acoustic guitar and the ukulele.
Reviewers praise Timothy and Sarah’s “major chorus hooks and lyrics soaked in imagery” and have admired their “unique pairings of genres with contemporary lyrics.” Add what has been described as Timothy’s “dusty Southern tenor vocals” and you understand why one reviewer says that “Without a doubt, Timothy Scott deserves to be heard by the fan base that enjoys eclectic Americana music.”
Grayson Gavras, artist
Grayson Gavras, inspired by Mimi Joiner, a sixth grade art teacher, sold out his first show at the age of twelve. Kelley Lyons, the curator for Trio, and one of the contributing artists, believed in his gift for exclusively using black and white and put his paintings in her gallery, Lyons Share in Fairhope, Alabama ignoring his age and trusting his talent. It is the beauty in their contrast that appeals to Grayson who studies Chinese, believes his admiration for the Orient shapes and shades the simple complication of his work.
Grayson is the editor for Visions, a magazine for literary and visual arts at Fairhope High School, discovering and showcasing new talent.
Novelist and essayist Roger Pinckney is a patriot of pines, a partisan of palmettoes, a prince of porpoises. He was born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, educated at the University of South Carolina and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is an award-winning journalist and environmental activist, the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction. He is Senior Editor at Sporting Classics Magazine and a regular contributor to Gray’s Sporting Journal. Roger lives on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina—remote, lovely, and sparsely settled.
Mississippi Delta native Clay Mills’ list of accolades is impressive. Clay is a ten-time ASCAP awards winning songwriter/producer, penning Number 1 hits for Darius Rucker, Diamond Rio, and Kimberly Locke. Along the way he collected Grammy nominations for “Beautiful Mess” and “Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love.”
Clay has over 75 of his songs recorded by artists such as Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood, Clay Walker, and Reba McIntire. Recent hits include Darius Rucker’s “History in the Making” and “I Got Nothing”.
Clay lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Josh Ashley has created art in various forms most of his life. He was born in Alabaster, Alabama, moving to Mobile in 1997. His creativity is driven by emotion and so is neither precise nor organized. They are snapshots of a moment of inspiration. He creates it as he feels it.
Josh most hopes that you will find something in what he creates that touches a familiar chord somewhere within you or maybe even makes you feel something that you’ve never felt before.