Singer-Songwriter Showcase draws in talent

Carolyn and Sean Graves perform during the April Singer/Songwriter Showcase. SPECIAL

If you’re into original music and like to support local artists, you have a chance to do both every month at the Singer/Songwriter Showcase.


The live music starts at 7:30 p.m. on third Thursdays at Sunset Auction Co. at 1449 Washington Road in Thomson.

”It’s not an open-mic night and performers need a few references to participate,” said organizer Robert Epps, who is carrying on the showcase that was started by Russ Oglesby.

“Guests will see and hear eight performers singing all original work.” The artists rotate every 15 minutes, performing about three songs each.

“It’s amazing the entertainers and singer-songwriters that are in this region we live in,” Epps said. “Laura Conelly will open at 7:30 p.m. this month. She has Joni Mitchell’s DNA in her body. She’s incredible. Every single artist that plays for us is incredible. If I owned a record company, I’d sign every one of them.”

The showcase has been growing, Epps said, thanks to the performers and word of mouth. He also credits Danny Williford and his wife, Leigh, whose family owns Sunset Auction Co., with ongoing support.

“They have accommodated us with a beautiful sound system and a beautiful venue for going on 10 months now,” Epps said.

Admission is free, and the focus is on the music.

“It’s a listening experience. If you do happen to come with some long-lost friends and want to chat, there’s a patio outside. But while the music is going, it’s a listening experience,” Epps said. Then after each performer has had the spotlight, that’s usually at about 9:30 p.m., Epps said they take off their singer-songwriter hats and just jam for a while.

Also this month, a selection of the regular Singer-Songwriter Showcase performers will perform the national anthem a capella to open the Wednesday, May 24, Augusta GreenJackets baseball game. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Singer-songwriters who are interested in participating in the monthly showcase can call Epps at (706) 564-4253 or find Singer-Songwriter Showcase on Facebook.