• Local author, Jason Smith, publishes first book
By Brian Bowden

Jason Smith, shown here with his wife Miriam and daughter Windsor, is a Thomson native who just finished writing his first book. Photo courtesy of Jason Smith.

Jason Smith, a longtime resident and active community member of Thomson, has become an author of a book for the first time in his life. The book not only legitimizes Smith as a writer, but it also gives McDuffie County something to be proud of.
“My community has been so great to me over the years and has supported so many things that I’ve done,” said Smith. The book, titled “Singing the Truth,” chronicles the Smithsonian's New Harmonies exhibit that came to Thomson for two months in the spring. “I knew the exhibit itself was a huge deal,” said Smith. “Anything I can do to help promote my community, I’m certainly going to do.”
The New Harmonies exhibit featured music, ranging from classical to country to modern rhythm and blues, coupled with the history of all of it told through local musicians and others such as Chatham County Line and the Symphony Orchestra of Augusta. “This is one of those things that was showcasing how we made our own voice in the world,” said Smith. “It talks about the various ways that America has made it’s own voice in music.”
The exhibit opened on March 29 and culminated with the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival on May 18. Smith photographed the majority of the events, for the tourism bureau of McDuffie County, even before knowing that a book would come from all of it.

To read more on this story, see the Sun., Jan. 5, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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