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    What to Expect at Word of Mouth: Artists’ Stories & Inspirations

    Each show is different in format, cast and purpose.  When we perform in a city, we cast local artists, some who are familiar, some who are surprising.  Each local artist presents a performance, story or both.  In their roughly ten-minute performance, the artists offers insight and relatable experiences to whatever or whoever inspires their art.  Most artists perform stories from a script, but some choose an extemporaneous style.  Casts have included artists who create in the fields of dance, poetry, storytelling, journalism, songwriting, writing, and more.  Depending on the city, the artists and the venue, every show is unique.  Some of our shows are performed as benefits for causes close to one or more of the artists participating.  Author Donald Griswold and songwriter/musician George Bradford host and perform in each show.  Donald Griswold is an author and veteran storyteller.  George Bradford has released seven albums of original, hand-crafted music characterized by strong stories and themes.  In their performance of writing, stories and music, Griswold and Bradford tie all the artists’ inspiration themes into a unique and organic performance.

    Our Inspiration Story

    Songwriter/musician George Bradford and author Donald Griswold may work in significantly different mediums, but both are veteran, independent artists.  Following the nearly simultaneous releases of Bradford’s Troubled Times album and Griswold’s first novel, Dying Light, the two artists began discussing the challenges independent artists face in finding their audience.  Word of Mouth: Artists’ Stories & Inspirations was developed out of that conversation as a way of finding, building and sharing an audience for independent art.  Now, Bradford and Griswold bring independent artists together to find larger audiences for their work through their literary road show based in storytelling.
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    Donald Griswold - Author

    Author Donald Griswold published his first novel, Dying Light, in 2017.  He is currently at work on a short-story anthology, Big Cowboy on Fire, and a second novel, Gun Barrel City.  Donald is recognized as one of the best storytellers in the Dallas area.  At Word of Mouth: Artists Stories & Inspirations, Donald varies his performance with each show, the range including excerpts from Dying Light paired with a story of the real-life inspiration for the reading, telling a personal memoir story, sample readings from short stories, or telling inspiration stories about his current work.  Donald also provides thematic continuity for the show, uniting the performing artists’ themes into a single organic performance.  Learn more about Donald at DonaldGriswold.com.
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    George Bradford - Songwriter/Musician

    Songwriter/musician George Bradford released his seventh album, Troubled Times, in 2017.  With a few chords on acoustic guitar, George hurls thunderbolts of truth with his music, often touching on socially relevant themes and deeply personal experiences. In Word of Mouth: Artists’ Stories & Inspirations, George describes the inspiration for some of his songs which range from the whimsical Bad Dog, to strong commentary of current events with the titular Troubled Times, to relatable moments in his family tribute Birmingham Steel.  A thoughtful and present performer, George also creates thematic ties between the performing artists, enhancing the singular uniqueness of each show.  Learn more about George at GeorgeBradford.com.
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