Thomas Fountain, who teaches PE at Mill Creek Middle School, is one of 12 finalists in the Georgia-country.com annual competition to find the fans’ choices for best male and female country music talent in the state.
Fountain is a familiar performer at Painted Pig and Downtown Kitchen in Canton and Jump Kitchen in Woodstock and is working on his first EP of his original songs. He and his band perform a wide variety of country sounds and classics.
Fans can go to Georgia-country.com and vote for the semi-finalists through Aug. 31, and the six finalists will be announced Sept. 1. There were originally 30 vying for the title.
For Fountain the feeling of overnight success is sweet, but also awhile coming.
“I stopped playing for two years, and then last October decided to get back in it and pursue it more,” said the Ball Ground resident. “I decided if I was going to do it, then I wanted to do it my way.”
Fountain said in October 2012 he went out on his own with just one other musician, and then three months ago put together a five-man band.
Fountain plays guitar and sings.
He performs with John Brightwell who also sings, plays lead guitar, harmonica and banjo.
Other members are Gaylon Mathews on the pedal steel guitar and Dobro; Drew Lawson, who plays base; and Blake Mincey on the drums.
“It is definitely country. Some is country rock with a little roots rock — some classic country and classic rock,” he said.
He hopes to release his EP this fall, and it will have five to six songs he wrote.
Fountain has played music since he was in college at Kennesaw State University. He has taught for eight years in the Cherokee County School System.
He and his band will perform Aug. 30 at Jump Kitchen in Woodstock. Those who want to learn more about Fountain can visit his website at thomasfountain.com or find him on Facebook.
For those who would like to vote for Fountain, visit georgia-country.com.