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ACTU to present Classic Country Music on Nov. 13

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present “Americana: Classic Country” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe building, 427 Covington Ave., Thomasville. 

The program will feature performers Dana King, Jimbo Smith, Lisa Watson, Jimmy Wells and some members of the Music and Drama Troupe, performing music popularized by artists including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and “Mr. Piano,” Floyd Cramer. 

“Our season this year is branching out to a new location with some new performers,” stated series coordinator Karl Barton. “The focus on country music for this concert will bring a different twist on the Americana theme that we do each November.”

Thomasville’s Dana King has toured with artist Jessta James performing all over the Southeastern United States and has recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and Atlanta.

“I'm a firm believer in God given talent, because I know I didn't do anything to get the voice I was blessed with,” King said. “I've been singing since I was 3 and still love being on a stage...My dream is to share my gift with everyone. I believe that's what God gave it to me for.”

Jimbo Smith has lived in South Georgia and performed as a professional musician for most of his adult life. In addition to his lead guitar and vocals duties with Pure Platinum, Smith has performed on Thursdays in the Trophy Room at Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville for the past seven years. He also plays many solo events in venues from South Georgia to the Florida Panhandle beaches.

Lisa Watson was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, and has performed as the lead singer in various musical groups throughout her career. She is currently the lead vocalist for the variety band Lisa Watson and Pure Platinum and has been a guest performer at the Sopchoppy Opry.

Jimmy Wells was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, and has been playing the piano since the age of 4. Wells has performed extensively in the Alexandria, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans areas of Louisiana as well as in Tampa, Florida.  In addition, he has also performed with country artist Mollie Lynne and her band Route 51 and has been a frequent guest performer at the Sopchoppy Opry. Wells is also the house pianist at the Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville and performs many private events for its members.

“We are excited about these wonderful guest performers,” Barton continued. “I hope that people will come out to enjoy the music on Sunday.”

The concert is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per person. A reception will follow the performance. For additional information, visit www.thomasu.edu/actu, call 229-227-6964 or email actu@thomasu.edu.

 

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