Laurel Wright to perform first Hot Summer Nights Concert at Library

Laurel Wright

Laurel Wright

On her way to achieving her dream of performing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, twelve-year-old Laurel Wright plans a stop at the Blount County Public Library to perform at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2008.

Wright is accompanied on stage by Ricky “Red Hog” Gourley on banjo, Jim “Brother Dud” Raines on bass, Mike “Pickle” Johnson on electric guitar, Dwight “Waterdog” Waters on lead guitar with Steve Martin on drums.

Although still a pre-teen, Wright’s musical journey is already packed with performance experiences. Since the age of four, she has been playing the guitar, and since the age of ten, she has been writing lyrics and composing music to her own songs.

No stranger to stages or crowds, this eighth grader at Carpenter’s Middle School likes crowds “the bigger, the better.”

Wright has performed on the Watts Bar Belle Dinner Cruise, Harriman Classic Car Cruise In, Music Row, Rocky Branch Music Center and numerous benefits and churches in and around East Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. In February, 2008, Wright was featured on the WBIR Style Show and was the opening show at the 2008 Strawberry Jam Festival.

Having recorded her first CD when she was seven years old, Wright is currently working on her second CD featuring her own original songs.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. This concert will be indoors in the library’s Reading Rotunda.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.

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