WELCOME to TRIO 2019

The Forgiving Kind
by Donna Everhart
Songwriter: Bruce Greenwood
LISTEN
Artist: Jason Harpe
Gather at the River
by David Joy
Songwriter: Radney Foster
LISTEN
Artist: Andrew Blanchard
VIEW ART
The Hundred Story Home
by Kathy Izard
Songwriter: Eddie Heinzelman
LISTEN
Artist: Joanie Gardner
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Johnny's Cash and Charley's Pride
by Peter Cooper
Songwriter: Thomm Jutz
LISTEN
Artist: Stacie Huckeba
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Like Lions
by Brian Panowich
Songwriter: Rod Picott
LISTEN
Artist: Melissa Simon
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Lit by Lightning
by Nicole Sarrocco
Songwriter: Radney Foster
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Artist: Sally Fanjoy, James LaBrenz
VIEW ART
Lorraine, the Girl who Sang the Storm Away
by Ketch Secor
Songwriter: Eric Erdman
LISTEN
Artist: Cher Shaffer
VIEW ART
Secrets of the Devil Vine
by Faith Kaiser
Songwriter: Molly Thomas
LISTEN
Artist: Liz McKay
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Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe
by Jo Watson Hackl
Songwriter: Melissa Summersell
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Artist: Robert Oren Eades
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Struttin' with Some Barbecue
by Patricia Hruby Powell
Songwriter: Robert Johnson
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Artist: Jim Shores
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Swimming Between Worlds
by Elaine Neil Orr
Songwriter: Bruce Greenwood
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Artist: Sarah Rakes
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Tomorrow's Bread
by Anna Jean Mayhew
Songwriter: Melissa Summersell
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Artist: Anna Jensen
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The Undiscovered Country
by Mike Nemeth
Songwriter: Mark Currey
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Artist: Matthew Good
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The Vain Conversation
by Anthony Grooms
Songwriter: Eric Erdman
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Artist: Robert Oren Eades
Walland
by Andrea Thome
Songwriter: Sarah Aili
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Artist: Elizabeth McKay
VIEW ART

What is TRIO?

It's a traveling exhibit of art, music and literature that celebrates the inspirational power of great storytelling. First conceived by Shari Smith of Working Title Farm, and a writer and singer for "The Shoe Burnin' Show," TRIO is a testament to the way words, music and art can come together around the power of a single story. Each TRIO starts with a book, which is given to a musician and a visual artist, who then write a song, a piece of music, a work of art inspired by the story.

Among the books chosen for the 2019 TRIO Exhibit are The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhart, Gather at the River by David Joy, The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard, Johnny's Cash and Charley's Pride by Peter Cooper, Like Lions by Brian Panowich, Lit by Lightning by Nicole Sarrocco, Lorraine by Ketch Secor, Secrets of the Devil Vine by Faith Kaiser, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl, Struttin' with Some Barbecue by Patricia Hruby Powell, Swimming Between Worlds by Elaine Neil Orr, Tomorrow's Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew, The Undiscovered Country by Mike Nemeth, The Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms, Walland by Andrea Thome.

TRIO songwriters include award-winning musicians and songwriters Bruce Greenwood, Radney Foster, Eddie Henzelman, Thomm Jutz, Rod Picott, Eric Erdman, Molly Thomas, Melissa Summersell, Robert Johnson, Mark Currey, and Sarah Aili.

Visual artists involved with TRIO cover a wide variety of media and genre and include Jason Harpe, Andrew Blanchard, Joanie Gardner, James Floyd, Melissa Gibson, Sally Fanjoy & James LaBrenz, Cher Shaffer, Elizabeth McKay, Robert Oren Eades, Jim Shores, Sarah Rakes, Anna Jensen, and Matthew Good.

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.

Are you a bookseller interested in bringing TRIO to your store or community?
Learn more here.


2019 TRIO Schedule
Buxton Books | Charleston, SC TRIO LIVE 1/22/2019
Foggy Pine Books | Boone NC TRIO LIVE 2/9/2019
Arts Council & Downtown Books | Manteo, NC TRIO LIVE 3/1/201
Page 158 | Wake Forest, NC TRIO LIVE 4/9/2019
Sherrill's Ford Library/Claremont Library and Main Street Books | Sherrill's Ford, NC TRIO LIVE 5/21/2019