Anna Wilson and Monty Powell are in search of an audience they believe the music industry long-ago abandoned.

Anna Wilson and Monty Powell are in search of an audience they believe the music industry long-ago abandoned.

They have accomplished the career and family portions of their lives with aplomb, Grammy-award winning songwriters and parents of now-adult children, raised in Nashville.

And, now, the husband-and-wife, who divide their time between Utah and their Gulf County home of 14 years, have launched a new stage, a new evolution that is really about returning to what lured them into music to begin with.

The singer/songwriter, especially of the 1970s and particularly from Southern California, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, J. D. Souther, Poco, artists who not only wrote and performed their own songs, but had something to say within the bars of those songs.

The songs were about something and aimed at an audience, the Baby Boom generation, that has been shuffled aside as the music industry has become all beats and dancing, get on your feet even if you have no clue what the lyrics are or mean.

Classic rock and roll.

“I am a Boomer, people I talk to are just like me,” Powell said over lunch at a local restaurant last week. “The music business has completely abandoned the people who built the rock scene.

“We are stepping into that gap and making new music that will sit alongside the rock and roll we grew up with and loved … We are trying to rescue us from our grandkids music.”

And after years of working behind the scenes, as songwriters and producers, the couple is stepping center stage.

They have formed a new band that carries a name, Troubadour 77, that harkens back to an era and a well-known Southern California club that are the touchstone to the sound they are creating.

They have an album of new music unfolding through the end of the year with a number of tour dates, primarily in the West, in the coming months.

“We felt like we were called to do this,” Powell said. “There is a sense of rediscovery. I am having more fun than I ever have.”

Which says a mouthful considering what Powell and Wilson have accomplished to date.

Powell, entrenched in Nashville when he and Wilson met, was instrumental in the creation of county group Diamond Rio and has written a slew of chart-topping and award-winning songs with a vast array of artists, most notably Keith Urban.

Powell described himself as the ultimate behind-the-scene artist, the stage being about the last place he wanted to land.

Wilson, who at one time aspired to be a jazz singer, has found success both in front of and behind the microphone as a songwriter, again award-winning, chart-topping songwriter, and singer.

They have collaborated on tribute albums, featuring a who’s-who of country artists, to The Eagles and Billy Joel, and Wilson spearheaded a series of albums of duets melding country and Americana music called “Country-politan.”

“We were very blessed, a lot of good fortune happened for us,” Wilson said. “Americana has come quite a ways, it has become part of the (musical) conversation, very much part of the conservation.”

But, as children grew and moved from the home, as Nashville, as Powell said, “changed so much,” there was restlessness.

First, they moved out of Nashville, making Gulf County their primary home and also settling on a second home near Salt Lake City, UT.

“We can have the beach, or we can have the mountains,” Powell said of their best-of-both-worlds residences.

They also thought about their beginnings, their paths to the music industry and success, the hold the singer/songwriter in them held.

“The singer songwriter, this is ultimately where we thought we should go because that is what we are known for,” Wilson said.

“That is the niche part of the industry we are known for, the creative part that has been very good to us.”

By sheer happenstance, after the move to Utah, the couple came to know Austin Weyand, who also happened to play guitar. Weyand’s wife, Kassie, it would turn out, played bass.

The couples took to enjoying nights of jamming in each other’s homes and after a couple of months, Wilson started to believe there was something there.

In time, Nathan Chappell came aboard on drums and the band was complete.

“The timing was just so right,” Wilson said, “and it all sort of organically happened.”

An album of 11 songs is in the can, as they say, the songs about, Wilson said, something.

“So much of the music today is not about something,” Wilson said. “We came to write songs about things, about a point. We are trying to marry those things together again.”

They are releasing the self-titled album, Troubadour 77, as a “progressive” album.

A four-song EP was released in April.

“That was to seed the market,” Wilson said.

A market they are confident remains, even if ignored by so much of the mainstream music industry.

“Those people (Boomers looking for the singer/songwriters of their youth) are out there,” Wilson said. “Any niche things has enough people out there to monetize it.”

Powell added, “We are trying to find you.”

The next song will be released early next month with roughly a song a month the rest of the year until the full album, on digital and vinyl, is released in December.

As they are released, the EP and singles are available on iTunes and Spotify.

They have a number of “good dates” in the Rocky Mountain area in the coming months and hope to expand their touring reach from there.

In a sense, Powell said, the two, highly-successful artists are starting over.

“Absolutely, we have gone back to the bottom and I am comfortable with that,” Powell said.

Wilson added that maybe, just possibly, there is a lesson in there about answering muses, no matter what stage of life, about feeding passions.

“I think it is an aspirational story,” Wilson said. “It is never too late to pursue your dreams, to do what we want to do.”