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Nashville songwriter takes a turn in-the-round at Red Clay Theatre

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Sam Lewis will perform tonight at Red Clay Theatre in Duluth for a Songwriter’s In-the-Round. (Special Photo)

IF YOU GO

What: Songwriters In-the-Round with Sam Lewis, Jefferson Ross and Jeff Talmadge

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St. in Duluth

Cost: $15 at the door

For more information: Call 678-892-6373 or visit www.eddieowenpres...>

Sam Lewis had been on the road since 8 a.m. Tuesday listening to what he described as mediocre music. When he pulled off the highway somewhere between Macon and Savannah, he didn’t recognize many of the businesses but finally came across a Cracker Barrel.

Lewis was listening to George Jones, washing his hands in the restroom, when his phone rang for a 2:15 p.m. interview with the Daily Post.

“Part of my job is to completely lose track of time but to always answer unknown phone numbers,” he laughed. “It gets real fun when I have no idea what time it is. I have to constantly have the sound engineer at shows flash a couple fingers to let me know I should stop soon.”

While the Nashville resident — who once called Newnan home — was headed south Tuesday, he’ll be headed back north in the Peach State this weekend — Lewis is one of three singer-songwriters who will perform “in-the-round” at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth under the banner Eddie Owen Presents.

“This year I will be as far south as Savannah and as far north as Columbus, Ohio,” said Lewis, who describes his sound as primarily country. “Kentucky, a few cities in Kentucky, I had to go through West Virginia, and of course a couple spots in Tennessee. I’ve been in Georgia quite a bit. It’s my second time touring Georgia this year.”

This time around his tour brings Lewis to a venue he’s been working to get into for more than a year.

“I know Eddie, as most people know Eddie, from Eddie’s Attic (in Decatur),” Lewis said. “I’ve been playing there a few times over the past couple years and I’ve heard really good things about what he’s doing out there at the Red Clay Theatre.”

While tonight’s show will be Lewis’ first time at the Duluth venue, it will also be his first “in-the-round” show in two or three years.

“Those things are hit or miss,” Lewis said frankly. “It has a lot to do with the chemistry of the writers. It’s kind of a crap-shoot if you’re going to do one that you’ve never played with the other people before. It’s kind of interesting but entertaining, to say the least.”

Joining Lewis on stage at the Red Clay Theatre are Savannah-based performer Jefferson Ross and Austin, Texas, musician Jeff Talmadge.

“I’m looking forward to meeting them,” Lewis said. “Hopefully it will go good. What I hope the audience will get out of the round show would be, I think, a good bit of exposure to three completely different artists material. I hope it’s somewhat consistent across the board.

“I always want people to leave relaxed,” he continued. “My job is to entertain and take you somewhere else. I hope we work together as a team to make that happen for people. That’s the whole deal.”