Track Premiere: Everett Wren “Billboard”

Photo: Kim Yarbrough

It’s been fiddling pretty much all the way for Everett Wren – who gained his first performance credit in his family band at the age of 4.  A few years later and he’d won an Arkansas state fiddling championship and was playing in the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, and he followed that up with time touring the States with Wagon, his St. Louis, Missouri-based Americana band, which recorded albums for the Hightone (with Lloyd Maines producing) and Glitterhouse labels.

He has busked in Europe, earned a master’s degree in acoustics from the University of Texas at Austin, cofounded the bands Lost & Nameless (which included Harmoni Kelley, now Kenny Chesney’s bassist) and Chalkboard Poets, and produced records for several other artists. So really it was about time that he completed an album of his own – the album is ‘Porchlight’ and it is out on May 20th.  It’s a mix of styles with Everett Wren providing a dozen folk/Americana originals, alongside a pair of reinterpreted traditional songs and a cover of the modern traditional song ‘Long Black Veil.‘  Today’s song ‘Billboard‘ opens the album and starts with the powering up through coffee to face the day and finally, finally, decide what to do about telling “her”  – or not!  Seize the day springs to mind.  


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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