Band: Laci Wright
Date: Sunday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room, 78 Saint Francis St.,
Tickets: $10 artist donation
This weekend The Listening Room will feature one of Mobile’s most promising up-and-comers. Laci Wright is a Mobile (by way of Jackson, Alabama) artist who has been steadily building a following. During her youth, Wright was immersed in old-school Southern gospel. Her grandfather, Tommy Atwood, is a member of the Alabama Gospel Music Hall of Fame, having performed with Wright’s mother (Schontelle Wright) and aunt (Latrecia Chancey). With her family steeped in Southern gospel, Wright naturally used gospel as a foundation upon which to build her music.
Wright has been introducing her music to audiences through her debut album, “Trying to Get It Right,” which was released on the Baldwin County Public Records label. She entered Admiral Bean Studio with Anthony Crawford (Neil Young, Sugarcane Jane) to lay down the tracks. Her vocals feature a sultry blend of gospel and soul. Throughout the album, her vocals slide smoothly through her poetic lyrics. The tracks echo with folk and Southern rock influences, but the soulful aspect of her music allows her to exist in a music world of her own making.
The Listening Room’s pristine environment should translate this music well, and the casual and intimate artist/audience relationship this venue creates should provide insight into this local musician.