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  • Writer's pictureMatt Jolley

A Night of Surprises and Strumming at Sutton's Back Room Open Mic Night!



GEORGIA RADIO - In the heart of Carrollton, Georgia, just a stone's throw from Adamson Square, lies Sutton's Back Room, a cozy haven for singer-songwriters to showcase their skills. This Wednesday evening, I finally made my way to Sutton's for their weekly Open Mic Night, and what awaited me was a delightful surprise that left me grinning from ear to ear.


As I stepped into Sutton's Back Room, I was greeted by the familiar face of local author and man-about-town, Bob O'Kelley. Bob assured me that I was in for a treat, and he wasn't wrong. The atmosphere was warm, the stage was set, and the anticipation hung in the air. Despite the thin crowd, which is to be expected two days after Christmas, the local musicians showed up with a passion that could rival any packed venue. Covers and originals filled the room, echoing the talent that has become a hallmark of Sutton's Open Mic Night.


One of the highlights of the night was the dynamic duo of Trey Young and Landon Clifford who took the stage armed with a mandolin and a guitar. Their energy was infectious, and they seamlessly cranked out three songs that left me wondering if time had somehow skipped a beat. Their unique blend of instruments and harmonies created a sound that was both refreshing and captivating.



Trey Young and Landon Clifford performing their set at Sutton's Open Mic Night in Carrollton, GA

As someone who's always looking for up and coming artists to put on Georgia Radio, Sutton's Open Mic Night proved to be a goldmine. The talent on display was diverse, showcasing the rich musical tapestry that defines the local scene. The intimate setting at Sutton's Back Room felt like a gateway to discovering hidden gems. It's evident that this venue is destined to be a "honey hole" for unearthing new talent for years to come.


If you're a singer-songwriter looking to make your mark, Sutton's Open Mic Night deserves a prime spot on your list. My first visit to Sutton's Open Mic Night was absolutely a memorable experience and will be my first of many. The thin post-holiday turnout did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the performers, and I left with a renewed appreciation for the vibrant musical community in Carrollton.


So, if you find yourself itching for a night of live music and local charm, put Sutton's on your map and, who knows, you might just catch me there, grinning from the crowd.



~Matt Jolley



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