Adam Wright is releasing an album of his own songs, Dust, on June 22.
The songwriter, who has penned thousands of songs for artists including Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack, is releasing 11 of his own on this new project. The tracks cover a lot of ground, from the gothic tale originating in Wright’s hometown, “Billy, Get Your Bike,” written with just one chord about a true story of a young boy seeking revenge for his stolen property, to “From My Bough,” a tune penned from a tree’s perspective and how some trees he climbed as a child have a much darker past. Lee Ann Womack helps out on that track, and has been one of Wright’s biggest supporters over the years.
The only song on the album co-written with another writer, “Ruby,” was written with Vicky Echiverri and features a Western motif, sounding like a Marty Robbins song from the ’60’s. It was inspired by his love of Cormac McCarthy. The album’s title track was inspired by Wright’s son examining the smallest parts of life filtered through the sunlight and how people and situations can be more than intended.
“[These songs] require a lot from a listener. If you’re not into that, I get it, and this won’t be your cup of tea,” says Wright about the project. “No hard feelings. But if you have the time and don’t mind paying a little more attention to what you’re listening to, I think you might get something out of this album. At least I hope you do.”
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