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Guitarist Reed is second act in McDuffie concert series

Guitarist Preston Reed will bring his unique style to McDuffie County Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at 1810 Country Inn and Winery.

His concert is one in a series supported by the Chamber of Commerce and the Activities Council of Thomson designed to bring various styles of music based in American culture to rural communities that do not normally have access to such exceptional artists.

"We want folks to have something fun to do right here at home," said Don Powers, director of Forward McDuffie and a member of the ACT.

McDuffie County can expect an evening of top entertainment as Mr. Reed demonstrates just how many unique sounds he can make with a guitar. He plans a concert for Thomson that will reflect several popular guitar styles.

"My concert will include my own music drawing from jazz, rock, country, and blues," said the musician who invented his trademark brand of compositions.

Demonstrating his ability to fret with two hands on his acoustic guitar, Mr. Reed's technically dazzling style is known for its ability to represent a range of instruments.

Mr. Reed, who has recorded 13 albums and three videos, will be in Georgia during a swing through the southern United States in between concerts overseas.

"Reed's style is totally original, though he got his start by studying and absorbing the work of masters like Leo Kottke and John Fahey," Mr. Powers said.

"He has taken the guitar way beyond just straight fingerpicking. The most commonly used adjective is 'jaw dropping' with regard to how well he can play, and the innovative way he coaxes sounds out of a single acoustic guitar," he said.

Mr. Powers noted that this guitar concert will be quite different from the first concert in the spring series which featured Irish singer Cathie Ryan on Feb. 24.

"When we are finished this season, we want to look back at a roster of musicians who have been welcomed into town, with each being a first class talent in their particular style of music," Mr. Powers said.

Tickets are $10 each.



Web posted on Thursday, March 17, 2005











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