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The Young Fables Get Raw and Vulnerable For Their Third-Studio Album “Pages” (Listen)

The Americana duo sits down with Celeb Secrets Country to open up about their latest body of work, which is available now on all streaming platforms.

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After much anticipation, Americana duo The Young Fables are back with their third-studio album Pagesgiving fans an inside look on their lives and how they’ve grown in the last few years.

“We’ve been working on it for the past few years,” band member Laurel Wright tells Celeb Secrets Country in an interview. “It was therapeutic for the both of us to express how we were feeling through song — and we were feeling A LOT. There is always a bit of anxiety that comes along with sharing your most vulnerable thoughts, so choosing the songs for this record was challenging.”

The 11-track project showcases a classic chronicling of a remarkable series of events that rocked TYF in 2018, all of which were co-written in full by band members Laurel Wright and Wes Lunsford, and produced by Mitch Dane.

“Laurel lost her younger sister and her father in 2018. There was a significant amount of loss and personal growth over the past few years, so this album really touches on all the different chapters we’ve been through to get to this point,” Wes Lunsford tells CS Country. “The weight of the material on ‘Pages’ may feel a bit more like journal entries than previous albums. Sonically, we treated the record with a touch more modern production and instrumentation and we are thrilled with how it sounds!”

For those who don’t know,The Young Fables create music with classic storytelling weaved into traditional country roots music with pop sensibilities, and its evident that they are influenced by some of their favorite artists, including Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell and Chet Atkins.  After performing at venues of all kinds around the world, TYF have garnered a loyal fanbase who appreciates their vulnerability, as the duo has received critical acclaim from listeners and key music executives in Music City and beyond.

“We believe there is something for everyone in our music,” Wes shares. “Whether you’re happy, sad, missing somebody, curious about love, grieving or just trying to figure it all out, we hope ‘Pages’ helps to move the things within you that make us all human.”

After taking a listen to the project track-by-track, we sat down with Laurel and Wes to learn more about the creative process behind their first record in years, the project’s overall message, as well as plans for the new year.

Take a read at our full Q&A below and let us know if you’re loving Pages by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.

You can connect with the band by giving them a follow on Instagram at @theyoungfablesofficial.

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Celeb Secrets Country: Can you take us through your musical journey — your beginnings in music and how you came together to be a country duo?

Laurel Wright: “I started singing at church when I was just a little girl. I fell in love with music at a very young age, and somehow I just always knew this is what I wanted to do. Wes and I come from completely different backgrounds, but we are a great fit for one another because we have strengths in different areas. We’ve both played music separately our entire lives until we met each other, and now we’ve been ‘The Young Fables’ since 2015.”

CSC: For those that aren’t familiar, how would you best describe your sound?

Wes Lunsford: “Our manager, Patryk Larney, says it best: ‘Ameri-kinda.’”

CSC: We know that you take pride in releasing music with influences from traditional country. Can you talk to us about how you incorporate this into your original songs?

LW: “What brought us together is country music. Wes fell in love with country music while touring in China for 6 months playing jazz and R&B. He returned home looking to explore more of it. I’ve always carried a torch for country music, so when we met, the timing was perfect 🤌”

CSC: Your new album Pages just dropped in September. How did you feel about putting out another body of work in this stage of your career?

LW: “We are very eager to share ‘Pages.’ We’ve been working on it for the past few years! Between our last album ‘Old Songs‘ and ‘Pages,’ we wrote about 60 songs. It was therapeutic for the both of us to express how we were feeling through song – and we were feeling A LOT. There is always a bit of anxiety that comes along with sharing your most vulnerable thoughts, so choosing the songs for this record was challenging. But we’re ready to have the album out there for any one who may need it.”

CSC: How does Pages differ from previous releases? Can you talk to us about your growth personally and sonically for this record?

WL: “Laurel lost her younger sister and her father in 2018. There was a significant amount of loss and personal growth over the past few years, so this album really touches on all the different chapters we’ve been through to get to this point. The weight of the material on ‘Pages’ may feel a bit more like journal entries than previous albums. Sonically, we treated the record with a touch more modern production and instrumentation and we are thrilled with how it sounds!”

CSC: Do you have any favorite memories from making the album? If so, what are they?

LW: “It was an amazing experience to be able to create and heal during this process. It was eye-opening to get the opportunity to reflect and travel down memory lane with all the songs that we wrote to get to this point. One of my favorite memories of making ‘Pages’ was having my mother in the studio with us on a few of the days to experience the process.”

CSC: We know that “Wonder If We Did” is a taste of what fans can expect from the new album, but what else can you tease from the new music?

WL: “There are many different storylines that show up in ‘Pages.’ We felt it was important to touch on the emotions that were present over the past few years. The result is an album that reflects on everything from love to breakups, and doubt to deep rooted faith.”

CSC: What do you hope people take away from listening to the new album?

WL: “We believe there is something for everyone on ‘Pages.’ Whether you’re happy, sad, missing somebody, curious about love, grieving or just trying to figure it all out, we hope ‘Pages’ helps to move the things within you that make us all human.”

CSC: What’s next for the group? Do you have any goals for the rest of the year?

The Young Fables: “We are currently on tour playing music from our new record, and also screening our full length documentary ‘The Fable Of A Song’. We were fortunate enough to win the Audience Choice Award at the Nashville Film Festival this year, here’s a link to the trailer: www.thefableofasong.com.”

CSC: Since we’re Celeb Secrets, do you have any secrets (fun facts) about the band that people wouldn’t know just by listening to your music or following you guys on social media?

WL: “Laurel is only 5 feet tall (she looks a lot taller on the internet) and loves to be barefoot.”

LW: “Wesley’s preferred sleep schedule is 4am-10am. He loves to practice and work on his craft in the middle of the night!”

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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