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Duo to perform at Watson-Brown on Aug. 16

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce is bringing back free concerts in the garden and the first group could not be better suited for a night of music under the stars. Guitar and vocal duo Bragg and Hughes will perform Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Monroe Kimbrel Gardens at the Watson Brown Foundation.

"It's just a quiet, easy-listening, acoustic-type music that we do," said Chris Hughes. "Although we do a variety of music."

Mr. Hughes, who is from Washington, Ga., sings while Peter Bragg, from Statesboro, plays acoustical guitar. Mr. Hughes said their style includes current songs, oldies, country, pop and old rock.

"Everything from the Allman Brothers, to Jim Croce, Alison Krause, Ray Charles, Keith Urban," he said. "We've even got a couple of current songs from John Mayer and the Eagles ... and, of course, everybody's favorite, Jimmy Buffett and Brad Paisley. But we do it all in our own style."

The two musicians met a year ago when Mr. Bragg was transferred as a pilot to the Washington-Wilkes Airport where Mr. Hughes is an aircraft mechanic.

"So we just kind of stumbled into it," Mr. Hughes said. "We just started working on songs, and the next thing you know, people were asking us to come play at different places... in the last year, we've gotten quite a bit of local interest."

While most of their concerts have been at the Washington Farmer's Market, Mr. Hughes said they opened for Grammy award-winning song writer Hillary Lindsey last spring. And they were asked to perform at Thunder Over Thurmond, but already were committed to the Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

Mr. Hughes said he does not play a music instrument, but is taking lessons from Mr. Bragg.

"When people hear him play the guitar, they are going to be quite impressed," Mr. Hughes said. "He is very gifted, and I'm very lucky to be able to sing along with him."

The concert is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert said everyone is invited to bring their own chair or blanket and refreshments. The Watson Brown Foundation is located at 310 Tom Watson Way in Thomson. For more information, call 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007

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