L ocal talent is abundant in Thomson and a prime example of that is the Crosstie Walkers. This group has been playing local festivals, parties and fundraisers for many years. Their most notable regular gig is as an opener for the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival.
Band members are Don Powers of Thomson (vocal, acoustic/electric guitars, bass, dobro, banjo), Charlie Knox (lead vocals, acoustic/electric guitars) and Tommy Powers (vocals, bass, acoustic/electric guitars, harmonica, mandolin) of Augusta, Greg Purvis of Eatonton (drums/percussion, keyboards, guitars) and Scott Roberts of Atlanta (vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, banjo, bass).
"We're pretty comfortable where we are now. We're too old to be playing the nightclub scene or hitting the road for any extended period at all. Most of that happens after our bedtime," Mr. Knox said. "In five years, we'll still be writing new songs, trying to find time to record them and release them in some form or fashion."
The group first started performing together in their current form about 20 years ago. Prior to that, the Powers brothers were performing regularly in and around these current parts as an acoustic duo and Charlie Knox had been playing in an acoustic trio, Repo Ranch, in Atlanta. One of the members of their trio in Atlanta, Scott Roberts and Charlie merged with the Powers brothers and added their old college friend and drummer, Greg Purvis, to round out the current line up.
"We all tend to like similar music nowadays, but I'd say we all had pretty different record collections as kids. I'd say if you polled all of us, you'd have some pretty diverse childhood influences," Mr. Knox said.
Don was probably influenced more by the guitar players, everybody from Doc Watson to Ry Cooder to Duane Allman, Mr. Knox said, adding that he "grew up listening to a bunch of 70's folk music via my Mom --artists like Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, The Byrds, etc. Then I got hooked on Bob Dylan."
Most of the Crosstie Walkers' present day music is pretty much influenced one way or another by Bob Dylan.
"We tend to like most any kind of authentic Americana roots music," Mr. Knox said.
The band has released three full-length recordings of original material over the years, and currently is trying to complete a new CD tentatively entitled "Scuffletown."
For more information about the Crosstie Walkers, or to find out where they will be appearing next, check their website at www.crosstiewalkers.com.