Gretsch Welcomes The Young Fables’ Wes Lunsford to the Artist Roster
Gretsch is honored to welcome Wes Lunsford of breakthrough modern traditional country duo The Young Fables to its artist roster.
“I’ve always looked up to or been influenced by Gretsch greats like Chet Atkins or Bo Diddley; so, it’s an honor to officially be part of the Gretsch artist roster,” said Lunsford. “Nothing sounds like a Gretsch. Everything that Gretsch touches has a signature unlike anything else. From the Filter’Trons to the DynaSonics or the hollow bodies to the solid bodies, each one offers something new to the electric guitar. Aside from sounding so unique, they are really the coolest looking guitars. And let’s be honest that’s why many of us even started playing guitar!”
Fans can see Lunsford on the road this summer in The Young Fables with his singing and life partner Laurel Wright as they embark on the national Playhouse Tour. To see if they are stopping at a location near you, click here.
The Young Fables most recently were profiled in the premiere of USA Network’s Real Country, a new showcase series anchored by Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt.
“When I heard Laurel’s voice for the first time, it was just extremely impressive,” said Twain. “Wes is a perfect partner for Laurel’s voice. I fell in love with these guys as a genuine, authentic talent and sound. We need you in this industry right now.“
That showcase was preceded by a “10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week” honor from Rolling Stone when they released their version of Patsy Cline’s iconic hit “Crazy.”
“Simple and heartbreakingly direct,” noted RS. “Laurel Wright’s voice and Wesley Lunsford’s Chet Atkins-worthy guitar playing are the only instruments, resulting in a poignant performance that’s as lonely as the song’s lyrics.”
About The Young Fables:
The Young Fables (TYF) are a promising modern, traditional country duo comprised of three-time American Idol vet Laurel Wright and accomplished guitarist and vocalist Wes Lunsford. The act hails from Maryville, TN and has already collected impressive accolades including the Grand Prize at the Texaco Country Showdown which landed Laurel on the Ryman Auditorium stage at age 16. TYF first engaged and organically expanded their grassroots following while on the road supporting their debut release Two in 2017. They've sold out appearances at the City Winery in Nashville, TN and the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC in addition to appearing with such notable acts as Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Randy Houser, The Band Perry and Chris Lane. Capturing the ears of three of the industry's most revered names, Keith Urban said they "had me immediately," Big Machine CEO Scott Borchettapraised "a flawless vocal” and Sheryl Crowtweeted, “Just heard The Young Fables in the Nashville Airport. Laurel’s as good as any country singer out there!” The nationally syndicated Cumulus morning show The Ty Bentli Show embraced the duo featuring them regularly in the hot topic #10MinuteTune segment. In addition,CMT exclusively premiered the music videos for “Completely” and “Half as Good” with both going on to garner regular rotation on country music video channels.
Following the launch in May of 2018, the rave reviews and impact of their sophomore release Old Songs, a ten song album produced by the Grammy Award winning Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath & Caedmon's Call), secured TYF their official debut at the CMA Music Festival on the Spotlight Stage. Old Songs can be downloaded or streamed on iTunes, Spotify, & Amazon. Their milestone year closed with two breakthroughs. Rolling Stonespotlighted TYF with a “10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week” with the release of their adaptation of the Patsy Cline iconic hit “Crazy”. Also, via an invitation from Shania Twain, TYF were featured on USA Network’s Real Country premiere featuring the aforementioned Twain alongside Jake Owen, Travis Tritt and special guests Big & Rich. “Y'all took me back to people like Conway and Loretta, George Jones and Tammy Wynette,” said Travis Tritt. “If there is anything in this world that I think our industry really needs right now, it’s more of that.”
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