Who are The Young Fables? The country duo joined us to chat about their journey to country music. Get to know the rising stars here…
Full Name – The Young Fables (Laurel Wright & Wes Lunsford)
Birthdate – Laurel: 9/14 + Wes: 12/9
Hometown – Maryville, Tennessee
Current City – Nashville, Tennessee
Musical Influences – Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell
Current Single – “Wonder If We Did”
Today we shine our spotlight on a country music duo that you are going to want to add to your music catalog ASAP! The Young Fables, comprised of Laurel Wright and Wes Lunsford are an incredible male/female duo, who were born to make music together.
Despite not knowing each other, both Laurel and Wes grew up in East Tennessee in a town called Maryville. For Laurel, singing has always been her passion. “I’ve been pretty much singing my whole life, since I was three or four years old. I picked up the guitar when I was ten, wrote my first song, and just kind of played every hometown gig I could get.” She recalls always being interested in country music.
On the other hand, Wes had a different musical upbringing. “I grew up in the same place, but I never really listened to country music,” he began. “I got a guitar, I was probably like 13 or 14, and I just played rock and roll, Metallica, whatever songs I liked. When I was 19, I got really into Jazz music, and I did that for a little while. And I went to China to play and while I was over there for some reason, I started to listen to country.”
While their musical journeys were distinctly different, they ran in similar crowds unknowingly. When Wes came back from China, he finally met Laurel, after a friend called him when their band was in a bind.
“I had this gig coming up and I had this guitar player that didn’t show up the night before the gig at the rehearsal, and it was just a nightmare,” shared Laurel. “I had this drummer, because I was a solo artist at the time, playing with a full band, and he calls Wes one of his buddies.”
The Turning Point:
“About a year and a half into that, we started the duo,” added Wes. The Young Fables were officially born. “We did everything backwards, played together, and then kind of fell in love.”
The Young Fables is a conglomerate of musical influences from both Laurel and Wes. While Laurel has always found inspiration in musical acts like Pasty Cline and Loretta Lynn, Wes loves Jazz music and Rock; however, he shared that he credits Glen Campbell for his introduction to country music.
As a duo, The Young Fables is a unique Country-Americana band. “The duo is my vocal with Wes’ guitar. […] Wes brings so many different elements to what I do that make up the sound,” shared Laurel.
After playing together for a bit of time, The Young Fables finally moved to Nashville to continue to pursue their dreams as a country music duo and as songwriters.
Currently, The Young Fables third studio album, Pages is slated for release this Friday (9/30). “This is our third record and between this record and our last record, it’s been two years, and during this time, we’ve written 60 songs that we were actively choosing what could be on the record,” shared the duo.
The record speaks to experiences the duo went through over time. Laurel vulnerably shared that she suffered the loss of her younger sister and her father over a short period of time.
“Whatever my possible meaning of life could be to maybe help others who have gone through the same thing. I was almost called to write that stuff and my experiences […] It was really important for me to put songs on the record that reflect that,” shared the songstress.
The duo later shared, “This record has a little bit of everything. We’ve got the song about my sister and all the questions I have for God, and a song about my dad […] Then we have songs about love, songs that are fun, songs about Wes and I. […] It’s the pages of my life, and that’s why the record is called pages.”
Fans can already listen to the current single, “Wonder If We Did,” which is out now “We wrote this song during a not-so-good time in our life. We just wanted to write a happy, fun song,” they shared.
In addition to touring the music, fans can anticipate a screenplay tour, which showcases the documentary The Young Fables created which chronicles the writing process behind their music.
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