AUBURN — Maine country musician Barry Wood, who has been performing for more than 50 years, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in the Auburn Mall’s center court.

Wood’s repertoire consists of classic traditional country; 1950s, ’60s and ’70s soft rock; and old pop classic standards.

Five years ago, he decided to give music competitions a try and won more than 60 awards from the Down East Country Music Association, Maine Country Music Association and North American Country Music Association International. Among those distinctions have been vocalist, entertainer and instrumentalist of the year.

In 2006, his first year of competition at Pigeon Forge, Tenn., he received the prestigious Little Jimmy Dempsey Award for Outstanding Instrumentalist.

In 2007, Wood performed on-stage with the late great Les Paul at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.

Wood has had bands for years, but opted to go solo about 12 years ago. He has since performed all over New England and has recorded five albums, earning awards from the MCMA, DECMA and NACMAI. Those albums are “Keepin’ It Country,” “Mixed Emotions,” “Easy Listening,” “God and Country” and “A Long Journey.”

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