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Don A. Wright is songwriter living in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Don brings a wealth of experience to draw from for his songs. “I grew up listening to gospel and country as a kid. I started riding bulls and saddle broncs in rodeos when I was 13-years old. Within a couple of years I ran into some cowboys from Texas who introduced me to ZZ Top. That changed things.” Don went on to a career in journalism where he had the good fortune to interview top musicians like Waylon Jennings, Mick Fleetwood and Chris Isaak. “I was covering a Chris Isaak show for the local tab newspaper when Isaak introduced (legendary bluesman/guitarist) Ron Thompson to the audience. That changed things even more. I’d never before heard anyone bring that much groove and soul into their picking. And Isaak’s songs inspired me to take my song writing as seriously as my journalism. Another inspiration was Waylon Jennings. The time I spent with him was as relaxed as jamming with my uncle in Oklahoma. After that experience I began studying lyrics in a new light.”
Being a journalist has put Don in contact with everyone from famous music stars to astronauts to murderers (he covered a good portion of the Scott Peterson murder trial for the LA Times.) “I’ve met some pretty amazing people,” said Don. “I hope my songs can carry on the tradition of storytelling and I can use my experiences to make a song interesting lyrically as well as musically. I’d say I play a so-so guitar, sing like Kris Kristofferson going through puberty with a sinus infection, but I write good songs.”