Preston Reed is an inventor -- a guitarist inspired in the progression of his own writing by his eclectic musical affinities.
Thomson will have a chance to watch the inventor in action as he displays his original brand of music at a concert April 5, 7 p.m. at 1810 Country Inn and Winery.
"He has taken fingerstyle guitar to some new and imaginative places," said Don Powers, executive director of Forward McDuffie and a member of the Activities Council of Thomson which sponsors the events.
"Part of the 'mission' of the activities council is to bring unique styles of music rooted in the American experience to rural Georgia. This certainly qualifies," he said.
"My techniques have grown out of the compositional need for new textures, rhythms, dynamics, momentum," said Mr. Reed, who will demonstrate skills that have brought him acclaim such as his energetic two-handed fretting on the body of the guitar.
The concert is the second in a series designed to bring quality musicians to Thomson during the warmer spring months, said Mr. Powers.
Mr. Reed had his first gig as a 17-year old, playing at a teen drop in center in a job arranged by his father.
"A little while later I got the opportunity to perform alongside Allen Ginsberg from a friend of my older sister who booked special events for the Smithsonian Institution."
Mr. Reed was able to turn some performance jitters to his advantage even as a teenager playing for live crowds.
"It was always very exciting and gratifying in those early years to perform in front of audiences. I was extremely nervous back then, but I always found that the fear and stage fright turned into a focused energy once I heard the applause and realized I was being heard and appreciated," he said.
His popularity increased, and Mr. Reed has impressed audiences at home and abroad. In addition to concert appearances, he was also featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
Tickets to the McDuffie show are $10.