County native to be featured on NPR program Saturday


Jackson County native Stephanie Lambring recently appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show “Mountain Stage” in Charleston, West Virginia.

The live music program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting is distributed by National Public Radio.

It can be heard on nearly 300 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and It’s recorded in front of a live studio audience and for the last 37 years has featured performances from seasoned legends and emerging artists in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, pop, alternative and beyond.

Lambring’s performance is scheduled to be broadcast on Louisville, Kentucky-based 89.3 FM WFPL at 7 p.m. Saturday and nearly 300 NPR affiliates. Afterward, it can be heard as a podcast on

Labmring was raised in Brownstown, attended Lutheran Central School and Trinity Lutheran High School and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Seymour High School in 2005. She later attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in music business in 2009.

While she was in high school and during her college years, Lambring was a regular guest vocalist on a number of regional country music shows in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, playing 35 to 40 weekend dates a year.

At Belmont, she was selected during her sophomore, junior and senior years for the university’s annual Best of the Best Showcase, which consisted of four vocalists/bands and six songwriters as judged by Nashville music professionals.

In 2010, Lambring was hired as a staff songwriter for BMG Chrysalis in Nashville for two years and then was employed as a staff songwriter for Carnival Music Co. in Nashville. Carnival is owned by CMA and ACM multiple award winner Frank Liddell, who is the husband of country star Lee Ann Womack and former longtime producer of country recording artist Miranda Lambert.

During her tenure as staff songwriter, Lambring had songs featured on the ABC television show “Nashville” and had her songs played at the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. She also had songs covered by country singer Terri Clark and by Clare Bowen, who played Scarlett in “Nashville.”

Lambring also has appeared live on BBC Radio 2 in London as a guest on the Bob Harris Radio Show and has done five tours of various venues in Great Britain.

She recently completed a tour where she played at 30 venues in 24 states with Amigo the Devil and the Tejon Street Corner Thieves.

In 2015, after five years on Music Row writing songs for others, Lambring walked away from her publishing deal. After four years of being away from the music industry, she was encouraged by Nashville songwriter Tom Douglas to write again. In 2020, she released her second album, “Autonomy,” which was produced by Teddy Morgan at Creative Workshop in Nashville.

“Autonomy” was well received by music critics. NPR music critic Ann Powers wrote that Lambring was “one of Nashville’s most fearless young singer-songwriters.”

Her song “Joy of Jesus” was selected among the No. 1 albums and songs of October by NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and the 28th best song of all genres released in 2020 by NPR.

Rolling Stone’s Jonathan Bernstein wrote that Lambring’s recording of “Daddy’s Disappointment” was “one of the most irresistible roots-rock gems of the year” and compared her to late songwriter John Prine. Rolling Stone also included “Joy of Jesus” as one of the 20 best country and Americana songs of 2020.

Nashville Scene’s 21st annual Country Music Critic’s Poll, which was the result of polling 95 music critics across the nation, ranked Lambring as the ninth best songwriter and “Autonomy” as the 23rd best album of 2020.

“Autonomy” also was listed by The Tennessean as one of its favorite Nashville-made albums of 2020.

In May, Lambring appeared on NPR Music WXPN Philadelphia’s “World Café,” which is syndicated nationally.

She recently signed a record promotion and distribution deal with Thirty Tigers in Nashville. She is managed by TMWRK Management in New York and is represented by William Morris Endeavor in Nashville.

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