The recession left Augusta reeling, but that clearly hasn't kept it from rocking.
This year's Applause Singer-Songwriter Contest features 67 entries, running the gamut from sweet spirituals to hard rock. The musicians involved have invested time, effort and talent, and they now look to you to do your part.
It's time to vote.
Each song will be posted online through Sept. 4, when voting ends. Voting can be done once per person per day at augustachronicle.com, or you can mail in a paper ballot, by circling your favorite below. Only original ballots will be accepted; no copies.
Paper ballots can be sent to: Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St. Augusta GA 30901.
The three artists with the highest vote totals, along with three critics' picks, will move on to the final live performance round, taking place Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival. There, they will compete for $400, an entertainment prize package, and the honor and esteem that go with being named the 2009 Applause Singer-Songwriter Contest champion.
Good luck to all involved.