What is TRIO?

It's a traveling exhibit of art, music and literature that celebrates the inspirational power of great storytelling. First conceived by Shari Smith of Working Title Farm, and a writer and singer for "The Shoe Burnin' Show," TRIO is a testament to the way words, music and art can come together around the power of a single story. Each TRIO starts with a book, which is given to a musician and a visual artist, who then write a song, a piece of music, a work of art inspired by the story. 

The 2018 TRIO exhibit debuted September 15 at the SIBA Discovery Show in New Orleans, LA, and then travels around the South for the next twelve months, hosted by and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores. The 2017 TRIO exhibit finished its tour September 3 at The Decatur Book Festival. Learn more about the 2017 books, songwriters, and visual artists here.

Among the books chosen for the 2018 TRIO Exhibit are The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash, Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly, A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang, and The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech, and more.

TRIO songwriters include award-winning musicians and songwriters Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Kim Richey, Peter McDade, Sarah Aili, Jill Benfield, Radney Foster, Eddie Heinzelman, Tommy Lewis, Eric Erdman, Sunny Sweeney, Joanna Janet, and Isaac Fountain.

Visual artists involved with TRIO cover a wide variety of media and genre and include Abbie Smith, Jennifer Nyblom, Robert Oren Eades, Cyndi Hoelzle, Katrina Perdue, Rachel Campbell, Heather Gallaher, Lucy Hunnicutt, Lia Frederick, Karen Schwettman, Glenn A. Bruce, and Stephen Brooks.

TRIO's creator is Shari Smith, whom editor Joe Formichella called "the mad Dr. Frankenstein" behind the anthology and cd, The Shoe Burnin', Stories of Southern Soul, and the script writer and mother hen of the stage production, The Shoe Burnin' Show, a combination of literature and music that changes with every performance, defying description and delighting audiences.

Are you a bookseller interested in bringing TRIO to your store or community?
Learn more here.

2018 TRIO Schedule
9/15/17 - 9/17/17 SIBA#17 Discovery Show, New Orleans, LA
January 24, 2018  Book Exchange, Marietta, GA | TRIO LIVE 1/24/2018
February 20, 2018 Foggy Pine Books, Boone, NC | TRIO LIVE 2/24/2018
March 10, 2018  Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL | TRIO LIVE 3/11/2018 
April 13, 2018  Midtown Reader, Tallahassee, FL | TRIO LIVE 5/3/2018 
May 5, 2018 FoxTale Books, Woodstock, GA | TRIO LIVE 5/5/2018
June 2018  Page 158, Wake Forest, NC 
July 10, 2018 Main Street Books, Davidson, NC | TRIO LIVE 7/24/2018
July 25-28, 2018 Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Island, NC | TRIO LIVE 7/26/2018
August 2018  City Lights, Sylva, NC