News 12 at 11 o’clock / Sunday, May 6, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Hot temperatures didn't keep the crowds away at the 27th annual "A Day in the Country" event on Sunday.
Thousands of people came by car and boat to the Augusta Riverfront Marina for the concert. It featured Tracey Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann and Ashton Sheppard.
Those behind Sunday's event said they were very pleased with the turnout.
"It's been wonderful, the crowd has been great. Of course, you know, a little bit hot, but it's been a great turnout really,” said Event Director Elizabeth Norris.
More than 3,000 people showed up to the hear the artists.
North Augusta's Carey Murdock and Augusta's Jeremy Graham Band also played.
Just this past August, Murdock packed up his guitar and made the move to Nashville. Murdock was born and raised in North Augusta and started his career here.
“I love this town and one of my favorite songs that I've written is this song called 'Augusta,'” he said. “It’s just this love note that one of the times I came back from tour I was sitting in the city and wrote this little love song to her.”
Even though he loves Augusta, he now calls Nashville home.
“It’s really great because there's such a community there of music,” he said. “It's good to be in the center of it all.”
It’s a community that's made him a better musician.
“The competition makes you stronger and pushes you out on the road and it's great,” he said. "The songwriting's getting better and playing better shows.”
And this summer he'll continue playing those shows on a European tour.
“We're gonna be in Austria, Holland, Sweden, Germany and the UK for four weeks playing about 15 shows,” he said. “I'm just excited. It's good to see new places play for new people all the time.”
On Sunday he played for thousands of people, but Murdock says he doesn't consider himself a country artist.
“It's usually, I get compared to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Harry Connick Jr., so somewhere in those three is where I hang my hat,” he said.
And his music has done well, landing him back here playing for thousands of people in the town where he grew up.
“It's great to come home,” he said. “Good to play for that many hometown people. It's just it's always good to come home, especially to some kind of party.”
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