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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 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


Chris Clifton, songwriter


J.R. Cook, artist

Thelonius Rising

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Judith Richards

Judith Richards, author

Ericson Holt

Ericson Holt, songwriter

Beth Childs

Beth Childs, artist

tell the world your a wildflower

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Jennifer Horne

Jennifer Horne, author

mary gautheir

Mary Gauthier, songwriter

Jennifer Nyblom

Jennifer Nyblom, artist

worlds largest man book

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Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key, author

Mac Mcanally

Mac McAnally, songwriter

Sloan Bibb

Sloan Bibb, artist

I Am A Town

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Shari Smith

Shari Smith, author

Tim Carter

Tim Carter, songwriter

Don Andrews

Don Andrews, artist

Ava's Man

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Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg, author

Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell, songwriter

Bruce Larsen

Bruce Larsen, artist

A Condition Of Freedom

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Joe Formichella

Joe Formichella, author

Ray Weaver

Ray Weaver, songwriter

Amos Kennedy

Amos Kennedy, artist

Chinaberry Sidewalks

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Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell, author

Ray Martin

Ray Martin, artist

This Side Of The River

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Jeff Strayton

Jeff Stayton, author

Eric Erdman

Eric Erdman, songwriter

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

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Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin, author

Beth Nielson

Beth Nielson, songwriter

Erin Gregory

Erin Gregory, artist

pasture book

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Marlin Barton, author

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson, songwriter

Lucy Hunnicutt

Lucy Hunnicutt, artist

dumplin book

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Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy, author

Laci Wright

Laci Wright, songwriter

Lila Graves

Lila Graves, artist

dark of moon

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Suzanne Hudson

Suzanne Hudson, author

Lisa Carver

Lisa Carver, songwriter

Shelly Smith

Shelley Smith, artist

Miss Hazel

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Jonathan Odell

Jonathan Odell, author

Robert Cross

Robert Cross, songwriter

Kelly Lyons

Kelly Lyons, artist


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Damon Tweedy, author


Timothy Scott Williams, songwriter


Grayson Gavras, artist

Salvage Man

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Roger Pinckney

Roger Pinckney, author

Clay Mills

Clay-Mills, songwriter

Josh Ashley

Josh Ashley, artist