Announcing the 2022 Lineup!


Blues Guitar Great Jimmie Vaughn to Headline 2022 Festival

On Saturday, September 24, 2022, the Activities Council of Thomson proudly presents the 28th Annual Blind Willie McTell Music Festival. This year’s day of American roots music will be headlined by Texas native Jimmie Vaughn, who, along with his late brother Stevie Ray, is foundational and essential listening for anyone interested in modern electric blues music.

In addition to Jimmie Vaughn, we’ll have these other talented folks:

Parts and Labor
The Cordovas
Chatham County Line
Joachim Cooder
The Texas Gentlemen

Tickets will go on sale July 1, 2022 at www.blindwillie.com. Advanced tickets are $40, day-of tix are $50, and children 12 and under get in free. Gates will open at 11 and the first band begins at noon.

Join us on Railroad Street in front of the Historic Depot from 7-10 pm on Friday, September 23, 2022 for a FREE Kick off Concert in downtown Thomson hosted by the. Thomson-McDuffie County Convention & Visitors Bureau. This year the free concert will feature Atlanta’s Blair Crimmins and the Hookers. If you heard these guys last year at McTell fest, you know it’ll be a lively time Friday night in Thomson.

Organizers of the festival, the Activities Council of Thomson (ACT) are a non-profit organization founded in 1974. ACT was formed to foster education, appreciation and promotion of American arts, particularly those that draw from Southern history, culture and the American experience. To this end, its primary purpose over the past two decades has been to expose this area of Georgia to styles of music and musicians that, without our effort, would likely pass us by.