Mary Flower will be bringing her fine brand of fingerstyle guitar and blues music to Thomson on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Watson Brown Foundation, Monroe Kimbrel Gardens.
Her concert is one in a new, successful series supported by the Chamber of Commerce that brings top musicians with varying styles to the area for mid-week performances.
She will be presenting some "roots-based" music during her Thomson concert, she said.
"I do a variety of my own tunes that are in a quirky ragtime kind of genre," said Ms. Flower, who doesn't plan all the specific selections too far ahead.
"I sing and play some of my arrangements of old music that I love," she said. She cited inspiration from greats such as the Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Ray Charles and Memphis Minnie - "People who are no longer around, whose music needs to be preserved."
Ms. Flower has focused on preserving that music for more than 30 years, and is considered one of the finest blues and roots-music performers in America.
"Flower is one of those rare artists who manages to create a tincture of the aged authentic with the freshly original," according to Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine.
"She is a great country blues artist. She plays rag time guitar and slide guitar as good as anybody I've heard," said Don Powers, director of Forward McDuffie and a member of the Activities Council of Thomson which supports the concert series.
Although Ms. Flower draws on both contemporary and traditional material in addition to her own original music, she remains true to the blues, he said.
"She played at our festival last year, and she was such a delightful person and so talented that we wanted her to come back to our area," Mr. Powers said.
Ms. Flowers will be in Thomson following a three week tour of England, Denmark and Sweden where she has concerts as well as music workshops planned.