Songwriters in the Round to meet July 21 at the Macon County library


Songwriters in the Round will hold their 8th event Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. in the spacious living room of the Macon County Public Library. This is a free community event… come listen to what local songwriters community has been working on, and an open mic will be available afterwards for those interested in presenting their original songs.

Among the songwriters that will be featured are George Gray, Bill Peterson and Bill Reeves.

Gray is a singer-songwriter and storyteller living in Tallahassee

George Gray

Fla.,  and has performed at area folk festivals, such as The Will McLean Music Festival in Brooksville Fla., and Monticello’s Southern Music Rising. He is a favorite at local listening rooms and house concerts. He sings original tunes that are sometimes thought provoking and often humorous. His subjects range from obscure historical events like “I Choose Music,” (about Karim Wasfi re-adapting to life in Baghdad) to humorous, “Why Buy the Cow,” (about a boy reflecting on what this phrase means to him at different times in his life) to serious, “Pane of Glass,” (about visiting a loved one in jail.)

A lover of nature and the outdoors, some of his songs reflect his concern for the natural beauty of Florida’s springs, rivers, and wetlands. His ballad to the Apalachicola River, “Apalach,” won recognition at the 2016 Will McLean Music Festival. He accompanies himself using a unique finger-picking method on guitar, which suits his contemporary folk style very well.

Several years ago, Gray woke up from a dream with a completenew song in his head and decided he could probably do that awake as well. He’s been writing and sharing his own songs ever since. Peterson grew up sailing and surfing. He has been singing and playing music since he was a child. His songs come from travel, love and loss with a little twisted humor thrown in for balance.

A recent arrival in Franklin, he is looking forward to making new friends and playing a lot more music. He is married to a habitual dog rescuer who thinks he owns too many guitars.

Reeves is arguably one of the best lead guitar and slide players

George Reeves

on the East Coast with his easy going, smooth playing style. He is currently spreading his music between Western North Carolina and St. Augustine, Fla., and the surrounding areas. Come winter he is appreciated by many of the great players and his followers in St. Augustine as he sits in and beside some of the best.

Reeves began playing in clubs in the Miami area before he was even legal to walk through the doors. At the age of 14, his band was the backup band for Wayne Cochran. He spent much of the ’70s in the Athens, Ga., area playing with Curly Maple, Acme Blues Band and Stop 20. He dabbled in the San Francisco music scene in 1975 playing with the John Chambers Band (Elvin Bishop’s original drummer), Mitchell Holden (bass player for It’s A Beautiful Day) and backing up Big Joe Turner.

After moving to Savannah, he played for about 17 years with Ansel, Strong and Reeves as a house band on the historic River Street. The move to Nashville began his career as a studio session player. Some of his most memorable sessions included Randall Bramblett, Tony Arata and Mark Knopler.

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