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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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Brian Panowich, author

Radney Foster, songwriter

Vincent Martin

Vincent Martin, artist

hanging mary

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Susan Higginbotham

Susan Higginbotham, author

Minton Sparks

Minton Sparks, songwriter

Lia Frederick

Lia Frederick, artist

tell the world your a wildflower

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Shellie Tomlinson

Shellie Tomlinson, author

Timothy Scott and Sarah Williams

Timothy Scott and Sarah Williams, songwriter

Phil Haralam

Phil Haralam, artist

worlds largest man book

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Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey, author

Brittany Bell

Brittany Bell, songwriter

Courtney Abernathy

Courtney Abernathy, artist

best friend

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Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix, author

Grant Peeples

Grant Peeples, songwriter

Brock Larsen

Brock Larsen, artist

over the plain

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Julia Franks

Julia Franks, author

Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd, songwriter

Ray Martin

Ray Martin, artist

razor girl

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Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen, author

Eric Erdman

Eric Erdman, songwriter

Sloane Bibb

Sloane Bibb, artist

Chinaberry Sidewalks

Shannon Hitchcock

Shannon Hitchcock, author

Eric Erdman

Eric Erdman, songwriter

Shari Smith

Shari Smith, songwriter

Jennifer NyBlom

Jennifer NyBlom, artist

secret wisdom

Christopher Scotton

Christopher Scotton, author

Eric Erdman

Eric Erdman, songwriter

Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor, songwriter

Jennifer NyBlom

Jennifer NyBlom, artist

Sounds Of Silence

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Judith Richards

Judith Richards, author

Lisa Mills

Lisa Mills, songwriter

Melissa Conroy

Melissa Conroy, artist

Cordoba Connection

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C. Terry Cline, Jr.

C. Terry Cline, Jr., author

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows, songwriter

Don Andrews

Don Andrews, artist

The Last Season

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Stuart Stevens

Stuart Stevens, author

Ray Weaver

Ray Weaver, songwriter

J.D. Crowe

J.D. Crowe, artist

The River Witch

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Kimberly Brock

Kimberly Brock, author

Sarah Aili

Sarah Aili, songwriter

Katrina Perdue

Katrina Perdue, artist

way I Used To Be

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Amber Smith

Amber Smith, author

Mary Bragg

Mary Bragg, songwriter

Karen Schwettman

Karen Schwettman, artist


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Therese Fowler

Therese Fowler, author

mary gautheir

Mary Gauthier, songwriter

Kristen Hall

Kristen Hall, songwriter

Laura Brooks

Laura Brooks, artist