Three years ago, an East Tennessee country duo posted a video of an original song, performed with acoustic guitars, on YouTube. It caught the eye of a Nashville entertainment company, Hope Tree Entertainment.
The rest, as they say, was history.
“I feel in love with these guys as a genuine, authentic talent and sound,” said country music star Shania Twain, a 5-time Grammy winner.
Twain’s love for The Young Fables, the country duo born and raised in Maryville, got them invited to perform on the USA Network show, “Real Country.”
Their debut on the show came on Tuesday night at 10 p.m.
“Real Country” showcases the artists performances and panelists and the studio audience decide the winner.
It was one of the band’s first opportunities for national recognition. Now, they’re eager to share their original music with more.
“We’ve started playing a lot more nationally, I’d love to broaden that base and go internationally. You never know what’s gonna happen,” said Wes Lunsford of The Young Fables.
The Country Music Awards, dubbed “Country’s Biggest Night,” is an inspiration for the pair.
“All of our friends, and us, talk about CMAs and stuff. We want to be there, performing… all of it. We just want to be there,” said Laurel Wright of The Young Fables.
From Nashville, where they now live, Wright said they’re close to the CMAs, but aren’t attending… yet.
She says it’s the kind of stage they hope to be on, but it’s not how they define success.
“Playing our best, doing our best, as long as we keep doing those things we’re successful,” said Lunsford.
The pair says the experience on a national reality show, learning from country stars like Twain, Jake Owen, and Travis Tritt– taught them how to be better. Some moments, still surreal.
“When you’re standing face-to-face with Shania Twain, it’s kind of a pinch yourself kind of moment…” said Lunsford.
Wright said she finds the most happiness performing on stage. She says music helped her through the last year, after losing her sister, father, and cousin.
“I’ve had these moments where I’m on stage and i notice it’s one of the only times I’m truly happy,” said Wright.
While they aren’t on stage at the CMAs this year, they say they’re excited for what the future could hold; hoping that means sharing their music with more people, however possible.
“It’s so nice to be from a place where everyone is so loving and supportive of what we’re doing,” said Wright.
The Young Fables have two East Tennessee shows this month:
On Nov. 17, a concert at the Island Pigeon Forge’s Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6-8 p.m. On Nov. 24, a concert at the WDVX Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitor Center at noon. Admission to both shows is free.