Thomasville native singer Steven Clawson says playing in his hometown is just as good as being on any national stage.
But he can't help reminiscing: the same stage he's entertaining from now gave him his 'sea legs' in the performing arts years ago.
Clawson muses, "This stage got me to sing at the national level ... I love the way it feels underneath my feet, I love the way the air feels in this auditorium, it's very vibrant memories."
Over 800 of Clawson's proud supporters crowded into the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium to see one of their own perform (8/19) a set of original tunes and old favorites.
Says concertgoer Sam Sewell, "It's pretty crazy how everybody just comes together for just this one guy. He's been gone for so long and he comes back, it's just wild."
Clawson is visiting the City of Roses from Nashville after finishing second in a singing competition hosted by Country Music Television.
He adds, "It's been an interesting six months."
His arrival is helping the local economy, too.
Concerts like his usually bring in a few extra dollars for local shops and restaurants.
Says Liam's restaurant owner Rhonda Foster, "Tonight we're not really seeing anything from the Steven Clawson concert, but I know some of the area businesses are, so that's good."
For Clawson, the concert isn't the end -- in fact, it's only the beginning.
He says he plans on chasing his country dreams as far as they'll go.