Archive | February, 2012

Ryman Auditorium and Laurel Wright

25 Feb

Perhaps the highlight of my last Nashville trip in January 2012 wasn’t performing at the Commodore or talking with Steve Seskin about his amazing career in the 90’s, but it was the Texaco Country Showdown at the Ryman hosted by LeAnn Rimes. This was the first time I experienced a live show at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

I was invited by friend and co-writer Sherry Brusso, who is also from Houston and happened to be in Nashville at the same time as me. She got free tickets through a friend to go support, Shane Martin. She also invited an old friend, Ana Vincent. So the three of us hung out for the night and experienced the National Finalist of the Country Showdown at the Ryman together. It was a nasty rainy night in downtown Nashville, but we had fun hanging out together.

LeAnn was an entertaining host as she introduced the 5 finalist of the national competition. The finalist included Gwendlyn Kay from Arkansas, Laurel Wright from Tennessee, Shane Martin a native of Minnesota, Keeira Lyn Ford from California and Paisley Van Patten a Utah native. All of these young performers were very entertaining, but it was Laurel Wright who stood out the entire night.

Laurel is a 16 year old singer/songwriter from Marysville, Tennessee whose influences include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Patsy Cline. She was represented by WIVK in Knoxville, TN and sang two original songs in the competition, “Can’t You See” and “All That Is On her Mind”. Laurel  blew us all away with huge talent of not only singing but also songwriting. In the end she was presented with a $100,000 check from LeAnn Rimes. Find out more about this upcoming future star on facebook at or follow her on twitter at