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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Auburn Plainsman

Community A7

Musician playing to the tune of his crowd Ashtyne Cole

Community Reporter

Contributed by Trace Pridgen

Pridgen commonly performs country-music covers.

Local musician Trace Pridgen prides himself on providing a good time for all every time he steps onstage. An Opelika native, Pridgen knows what the residents of Auburn, and the surrounding area, want to hear. He tries to condense his description of his music style as “southern rock-ish,” but his motto strives to not be limited to one genre – “but he strives to not limit himself to one genre.”  Pridgen began his music career at the piano keys and did so through high school. “I quit playing for a while until my freshman year of college,” Pridgen said. “I picked up a guitar, then after a while realized playing wasn’t enough for me. I wanted more. I wanted to perform.”  Prigden began performing at favorite local hangouts, including Toomer’s Coffee and Shakey’s Pizza. Pridgen said he begged to play in some places, learned the ropes of the industry and went from there.  “When you first start out in music, the word ‘benefit’ is thrown around a lot,”

Pridgen said. “‘Will you play this benefit?’ means ‘I’m not gonna pay you.’ As you go on, the less benefits you have to do.” As he advanced in his career playing weddings and fraternity parties, Pridgen began to make a name for himself in the community.  “Trace is very popular and has a big following,” said Lisa Ditchkoff, owner of the Opelika Event Center. “A lot of people book him for their parties.”  Pridgen performs Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Event Center’s Winter Brewfest at 7 p.m.  At the event, Pridgen will perform with his usual band, but with a band comprised of locals Josh McKenzie, Cory Spicer and Jimmy Green.  Pridgen and the band perform at venues, such as Niffer’s, and private parties. When Pridgen travels to Birmingham or Atlanta, he has a chance to perform original songs.   Pridgen dedicated his time to his first EP. Pridgen said he believes it will be produced and released on iTunes during the summer. The EP will feature three original songs and two covers. 

This week’s happenings in Auburn

From the desk of:

Chris Warren

Director of Libraries for the city of Auburn • Chris Warren started working for Auburn Libraries as Director 14 months ago. Warran said since coming to Auburn, he’s found the community “welcoming” and “fantastic.” • Warren said right now the library plans to continue expanding its e-book collection which currently stands at 1,803, and those uses are up nearly 32 percent. • The semi-annual Friends at the Library book sale will be Saturday, March 22 between 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Dean Road Recreation Center. It will sell books from novels to textbooks ranging in price from hardback books at one dollar and 50 cents for paper back. All proceeds go to library activities. • Reading Recommendations: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson nw Zadie Smith Warren said:

“We’re trying constantly to anticipate what the community needs and continually inspire, amaze and enrich people’s lives.” Chris Warren 319 9.888x10.0 Newspaper Ad J.pdf



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Next week: Forrest Cotten, Planning Director

As for a favorite song, Pridgen said “not Wagon Wheel.” According to Pridgen, the band usually plays “weird” versions of older songs, such as a bluesy rendition of “Superstitious” by Stevie Wonder and a unique performance of “Come Together” by The Beatles. “The Auburn area likes country music and are not too kind to original songs,” Pridgen said. “Honestly, no one gives a crap about originals, so we stick to covers to make the crowd happy.”  Pridgen said his favorite part of performing would be the immediate response of a song. Pridgen said playing a song that has been in the works for a while and seeing people dancing and singing along to the music matters more than standing on the stage and singing.  “I’ve known Trace for years,” said Amanda Enloe, senior in english. “He’s just a cool and ‘real’ guy.”  In the upcoming months, Pridgen said he plans to perform at the Auburn Color Run, sponsored by Four Corner’s Ministries at the end of March, and at a venue in Augusta, Ga. 

Crime Time

Staff report

Sunday, Jan. 26, the Auburn Police Division arrested Reginald McClendon, 23, Zederic Andrews, 24, and Dcrawford Toles, 21, all of Montgomery, on burglary charges. The APD also charged Andrews with receiving thirddegree stolen property and carrying a pistol without a permit, according to a Feb. 10 news release At approximately 4 a.m. officers responded to a suspicious noises and persons incident reported in the 1500 block of Kendal Court. Based on a description, responding officers arrived in the area and located McClendon, Andrews and Toles still in the vicinity. Numerous items, determined recently stolen, were located within their vehicle. The stolen items come from residences within the 800 block of W. Longleaf Drive and the 100 block of Harmon Drive. Various property, including electronic devices valued at over $4,500, was recovered by police. Victims told officers an unknown individual entered their residence while they were away. All three suspects were transported to the Lee County jail. McClendon and Toles both have a bond currently set at $3,000, and Andrew’s bond is currently set at $15,000.

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