Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., April 13;   6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion10 Veterans Dr.  
Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission.  Free parking.  All ages

The Savannah Songwriters Series welcomes two songwriters making their SSS debut. William Cusack and  Shari Lee Laist will join SSS veterans Roy Swindelle and Thomas Oliver Sun., April 13, at the American Legion on Tybee.

Shari Lee Laist

Shari Lee Laist

Shari Lee Laist is vocalist and songwriter with the Back Porch Band. A soprano

in the Savannah Philharmonic, Savannah’s highly regarded symphony orchestra and chorus, Shari Lee also has a strong background in folk music and has encouraged the Back Porch Band to perform period music for the many historical museums around Savannah. Shari Lee also plays bass in a local jazz band.

William Cusack was born in Austin, Texas, the

William Cusack

William Cusack

youngest of six children. He picked up music when he was 12-years-old and has been expanding his skills, writing and composing ever since. After finishing high school, he moved to Savannah, Georgia. His first major release, the year long recoding project ”A Beautiful Life” is now available.

Roy Swindelle is also a co-producer of the series. In addition, he is a well-respected musician, having recently been named Best Musician on Tybee, where he often plays solo as Roy and the Circuit Breakers, as well as with the Christy Alan Band, which was recently named Best Band by The Tybee Breeze.

His new CD, “401-k Plan” will be available.

Last fall, Thomas Oliver released his first CD in seven years.  “The Edge of America.” One reviewer said the songwriter displayed a “journalistic eye for detail and poetic flow.”  Red Line Roots said, “…in a world of people trying to make country music and falling short, [Thomas Oliver] soars high above the competition.”

Thomas is one of the co-producers of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at the American Legion Post 154 on Tybee Island and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris’ restaurant in Savannah.

Local songwriters who would like to be considered for a SSS showcase, should email links to their music to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., March. 23, at 6pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

Free admission.  Free parking.  
All ages.  Non-smoking

Former Savannah songwriter Todd Murray returns to town with Arsena Schroeder, a discovery from his new home in Charlotte. They will be joined on the Savannah Songwriters Series stage by local songwriter Robert Benton and audience favorite Leo Dean from Brunswick.

Robert Benton

Robert Benton

Robert Benton has been playing and singing for about 20 years. Benton grew up on Wilmington Island and attended UGA.  In the last few years, he has been focused on writing and his band, Benton Hill.

Those who have heard Robert always remember his strong vocals.

     Todd Murray records and often performs under the name Sincerely, Iris.

Arriving in Savannah from Chicago in early 2011, Todd quickly garnered attention. Connect Savannah said Todd was “one of the most interesting of Savannah’s newest crop of acoustic artists” in favorably reviewing his CD, “The Great Unknown.”  That was followed by rave reviews for “Best Left Free,” his 2013 release.

Todd is no stranger to SSS audiences, having performed three previous showcases.  However, he is new to SSS as a touring artist, having moved to Charlotte last year.

Arsena Schroeder

Arsena Schroeder

Charlotte-based Arsena Schroeder began her journey as a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist a mere five years ago, but has since then performed locally, nationally and internationally at venues such as The Evening Muse in Charlotte, Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, and WDVX The Blue Plate Special in Knoxville.

She’s also competed and advanced in a round as an American Idol contestant.

She released her first EP, “Abundantly,” last year. That garnered her comparisons to Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Corrine Bailey Rae, & Tracy Chapman. She’s been critically reviewed as, “the next Alicia Keys”, and a powerful vocalist to be on the lookout for. Her next release, “Seeking Shadows” is scheduled to release in the summer of 2014.

     Leo Dean lives and plays out of Brunswick. A life-long musician, Dean promotes himself as a  “trop-rock musician.”  He’s been called the Human Jukebox.

He is also a master Parrot Head, knowing and playing as many Jimmy Buffett songs as the man from Margaretville himself. Leo has played Parrot Head clubs up and down the East coast of the US and as far west as Texas.  He has been invited to play the prestigious Meeting of the Minds — the annual convention of Parrot Head clubs.

But he is also a master songwriter and storyteller with three CDs out.  He is an engaging performer and fan favorite at his previous Savannah Songwriters’ showcases.

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., March 9;  6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion
10 Veterans Dr. Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission. Free parking. All ages

Jonathan Hill makes his debut at the Savannah Songwriters Series, joined by Chris Desa, Jason Salzer, both making their second appearance with  SSS veteran Skip Hinely.

Chris Desa

Chris Desa is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter specializing primarily in six and 12-string guitars. With over five decades experience, he blends well-known tunes of the 60’s- 80’s with his own compositions. He also enjoys promoting songwriters who are not well known by playing his versions of their tunes.

He is president of Savannah Folk Music Society since 2011 and has served as a long time member and board member.

A seasoned maritime professional for over 40 years, he operates an independent maritime consulting company based in Savannah.

Skip Hinely is a local legend, playing around Savannah for almost 50 years, in such bands as Deap Blue in the 60′s, The Marble Fawn in the 70′s, the Veraflames in the 80′s and most recently Flashback.  He plays guitar, bass and drums.  It’s been said that he knows every Beatles song.

Jonathan HIll

Jonathan Hill is a Mississippi born musician and songwriter who has spent the last 20 years writing and performing in a variety of bands and styles around the country. He moved to Savannah three years ago and has been playing locally with several bands including Gypsy Slim, The Resuscitators, and Eric Culberson Band.

Having spent time around Nashville for several years, he honed his love of recording and is currently finishing the touches on his own first full-length album at his home studio in Savannah. It will be out this spring.

“It was a lot of fun because I got a lot of friends involved from all around the Southeast,” he says. With styles that range from acoustic singer songwriter to instrumentals and rock, it has a little bit for everyone.

Jason Salzer recently relocated to Savannah after a 15-year career in Nashville.  While based out of Music City, Salzer toured the country, sharing the stage with renowned artists including Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Steve Earle.

In addition to releasing several albums of his own, Salzer has had his songs cut by country, Americana, and Christian artists alike.  He has worked with some of Nashville’s top writers and producers.

The  Savannah Songwriters Series showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at the American Legion on Tybee Island and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris’ restaurant in Savannah.

Local songwriters who would like to be considered for a SSS showcase, should email links to their music tosavannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com

 

 

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Feb. 23, at 6pm

Johnny Harris Restaurant 



1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

Free admission.  Free parking.  All ages.  Non-smoking

Two of Savannah’s hottest young female songwriters  return for their second Savannah Songwriters showcase Sun., Feb. 23, at Johnny Harris restaurant.

Kyrsten Paie Roseman and Sarah Tollerson will be joined by Jim Seem and Thomas Oliver.

sarah tollerson

Singer-songwriter Sarah Tollerson was raised in Winder and started singing at an early age with her musically inclined family. She studied  classical music at the University of Georgia before going to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston to study songwriting and voice.

Shortly after graduation, she relocated to Nashville to continue her career as a singer-songwriter and session vocalist. Her songs have received awards such as the John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriting, the Berklee College of Music Performing Songwriter Award, and several fan choice awards on OurStage.com and Upromise.com.

Last year she moved to Savannah.  This is her second appearance at a SSS showcase.

Kyrsten Paige Roseman shares the stage with her sister Kourtney in the indie soul duo, The Rosies, who have been making a splash in Savannah. They opened for Loretta Lynn at the Johnny Mercer Theater last fall.

Kyrsten Paige Roseman

Kyrsten Paige Roseman

A song off their E.P Spectrum, “Game of the Wicked,” has been selected as the protagonists theme song in the San Francisco Independent Film, “Writers Cramp” coming out this year.

Last year, Kyrsten blew away the audience at her first SSS showcase.

Jim Seem is making his SSS debut.

The Asheville, N.C., musician now living in Daytona Beach grew up in the Midwest where he

Jim Seem

Jim Seem

discovered Rastafarianism, skate boarding and punk rock.  All that against the backdrop of farm dances, Catholic mass and flat plains. 
However, it was 90s R&B and hip-hop that had a profound impact on the 30-year-old acoustic artist who idolized artists such as D’Angelo, Jodeci and the Wu-Tang Clan.

You hear all of this in his folksy melodies and R&B lyrics.

Last fall,  Thomas Oliver released his first CD in seven years.  “The Edge of America.” Connect’s Bill DeYoung said the songwriter displayed a “journalistic eye for detail and poetic flow.”  Red Line Roots said, “…in a world of people trying to make country music and falling short, [Thomas Oliver] soars high above the competition.”

Thomas is one of the co-producers of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at the American Legion Post 154 on Tybee Island and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris’ restaurant in Savannah.

Local songwriters who would like to be considered for a SSS showcase, should email links to their music to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com

 

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Feb. 9; 6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion
10 Veterans Dr. Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission. Free parking. All ages

 

Two of the Low Country’s most popular and talented musicians will share the Savannah Songwriters stage Sun., Feb. 9, at the American Legion hall on Tybee.

Jason Bible and Andrew Gill will be joined by Christina Christian and Shawn Gordon, both  touring songwriters making their second SSS showcase.

Jason Bible

Jason Bible

As a solo artist, the Trainwrecks’ frontman Jason Bible has released seven collections of songs.  The influence of Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash permeate his sound.  He formed the Trainwrecks in 2005.  The band is a perennially voted best Americana band in Savannah.

Andrew Gill was the lead vocalist for the popular local band Wormsloew.  He can be heard most weekends around Savannah playing solo or with the Andrew Gill Band.

Andrew’s vocals are as dynamic as you’ll hear in the Coastal Empire.  He possesses perhaps one of the strongest voices to grace the Savannah Songwriters Series.  His lyrics are as strong as his voice.

 

Christina Christian

Christina Christian

Christina Christian last performed a SSS showcase as Christian Cecrle.

She was born and raised on the Alabama Gulf Coast in the small town of Foley, Ala.  She began writing and playing guitar at the age of 16. After graduating fro high school, Christina attended Troy University for one year before deciding to pursue her music fulltime.

Christina released an EP “The Acoustic’s” which included “Mile 23″ and “Weathered Love.”

Christina makes occasional trips to Nashville to play at songwriter’s rounds such as The Commodore Grill and Hotel Indigo Downtown and plans to eventually move to Tune City to pursue her dream.

South Carolinian Shawn Gordon plays swamp boogie blues, rock and roll country and soul.   He plays solo gigs, is the lead singer and guitarist for The Shawn Gordon Band and also plays bass guitar for Johnny C and the Wrecking Crew.

Savannah Songwriters Series is entering its fourth year of staging showcases for original music.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m. the 2nd Sunday at the Tybee Island American Legion and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.

 

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Jan. 26, at 6pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking. All ages. Non-smoking 

The founder of the Savannah Songwriters Series returns to play a showcase Sun., Jan. 26, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.

Jefferson Ross will be joined Jim Crozier from Crawfordville, Fla., D.W. Besley from St. Augustine, Fla., and Tybee songwriter Thomas Oliver.

Jefferson Ross

Jefferson Ross

For over a quarter century, Jefferson Ross honed his craft in Nashville, both as staff songwriter for companies like Curb Records, a studio session player and as a road musician and background singer for folks like Terri Clark.

He lived in Savannah from 2010 until last year when he moved to Atlanta.  While in Savannah, he, his wife, Tami, and local musician Stan Ray founded the Savannah Songwriters Series.

As a solo artist, Jefferson has released three CDs –  “Azalea,” “Hymns to the Here and Now” and last year’s “Isle of Hope.”  Each has eclipsed the previous one in fans response and critics praise.

Jim Crozier

Jim Crozier

Jim Crozier got his first guitar a year before the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show and picked up the bass soon after. After earning a degree in Music Composition from the FSU School of Music, he continued to live and work in the Tallahassee area, playing bass with everyone. While engaged as the musical director at a summer theater, he wrote some music for an off-Broadway musical, “Touch” – the original cast album was nominated for a Grammy.

Jim calls his style of much “edgy blues and twisted Americana.” In 2007, he released his album “Down to the Village” available at CDBaby.com. Jim is presently beginning work on another CD of his own Blues and Americana that he expects to release early in 2014.

Jim is making his SSS debut.

 David Watt Besley is becoming a regular on the SSS stage.  The Virginian currently resides in Saint Augustine, where he is mainstay in the local music scene, playing with the Northstar band he formed with his brother, Ed, and with the Big Lonesome he formed two years ago.  He also plays solo as “Dave.”

David has been playing music since the 1970s when he was part of the band Saucer that was one of the first U.S. bands looked at by Virgin Records. Even though he loves to get together with NorthStar and The Big Lonesome he finds his solo career the most enjoyable.

Last year, Thomas Oliver released his first CD in seven years.  “The Edge of America.” Connect’s Bill DeYoung said he displayed a “journalistic eye for detail and poetic flow.”  Red Line Roots said, “…in a world of people trying to make country music and falling short, [Thomas Oliver] soars high above the competition.”

Thomas is one of the co-producers of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at the American Legion Post 154 on Tybee Island and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris’ restaurant in Savannah.

Local songwriters who would like to be considered for a SSS showcase, should email links to their music to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Jan. 12; 6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion
10 Veterans Dr. Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission. Free parking. All ages

A young touring pop singer/songwriter from Germany joins three stalwarts of the Savannah music scene for the first Savannah Songwriters showcase of 2014.

415771_430145327041909_593661981_oYannick Niedworok, from Mannheim, Germany, started playing the piano at five and began to compose and write songs at 10. He now also plays guitar and bass. He has been in several bands, including Rumpel Steel Skin and The Latency Dilemma.
Since 2011, he has been studying music and English at Bethany College, West Virginia, and on the road since 2012.

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Tom Cooler

 

Tom Cooler is a veteran of the SSS circuit. He released his first CD in 2012, “Nebraska Boy,” which includes the popular “Tuscaloosa” about the devastating tornado in that hit that town in 2011.
This past year, he released a new live CD, “This is What You Get.”

 

Pete Love, a SSS favorite, has played with groups such as the Denny Phillips Band, Spectrum, Band in the Park and Mary Davis and Co. for nearly three decades.

Pete Love

Pete Love

A sought-after guitarist who is comfortable with most genres, Pete is currently playing with the Navigators.

 

 

 

Roy Swindelle is one of the Coastal Empire’s best-known musicians. Roy is a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, bass, guitar, steel drums and harmonica. He plays solo, often as Roy and the Circuit Breakers, as well as with the Christy Alan Band.

His new CD, “401-k Plan” is just out.
Roy is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music twice monthly – the 2nd Sunday at the Tybee Island American Legion and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris. All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Dec. 22, at 6pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking. All ages. Non-smoking

Two accomplished songwriters make their SSS debut Sun., Dec. 22, at Johnny Harris.  Chris Desa and Laurie Rider will be joined by SSS favorites Joan Maute  and Thomas Oliver

Chris Desa is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter specializing primarily in six and 12-string guitars. With over five decades experience, he blends well-known tunes of the 60’s- 80’s with his own compositions. He also enjoys promoting songwriters who are not well known by playing his versions of their tunes.

Chris Desa

Chris Desa

He is president of Savannah Folk Music Society since 2011 and has served as a long time member and board member.

A seasoned maritime professional for over 40 years, he operates an independent maritime consulting company based in Savannah.

To hear Laurie Rider is to hear the raw, yet thoughtful bearings of a Southerner’s heart. On her debut release, the Arrows EP, the Waycross native wears her diverse set of influences proudly. Country, Soul, Folk, Rock, Pop.

 

Laurie Rider

Laurie Rider

 

A self-described  ”old folkie from the 60s”, Joan Maute is a retired teacher who lives on Hilton Head.

Joan took her guitar and music into the classroom when she began teaching in 1970. She used music to help her teach social studies, reading and language arts, and she has shared her techniques with teachers across the country and in Canada. Joan will be singing some songs from her third CD, So Much More.

Thomas Oliver has just completed a 16-show tour through north Georgia and Florida in support of his first CD in seven years, “The Edge of America.” Thomas is one of the co-producers of the Savannah Songwriters Series.

Savannah Songwriters Series is entering its fourth year of staging showcases for original music.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m. the 2nd Sunday at the Tybee Island American Legion and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.

 

 

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Dec. 8;   6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion
10 Veterans Dr.  Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission.  Free parking.  All ages

 

The Savannah Songwriter Series is pleased to announce that two long-time local musicians will make their series debut Sun., Dec. 8, at the American Legion on Tybee.

Ricky Stokes has played guitar since age 12 and written songs since age 13.  He has played in numerous  bands (both Gospel and secular) over the past few years. He was a worship leader at First Christian church in Rincon for seven years.

Ricky Stokes

Ricky Stokes

His song “You Can Always Come Back Home” was recorded by Chuck Day on his CD “Eleven.” It went #1 on Christian country radio charts in September of this year. The Inspirational Country Music Association also nominated the song for song of the year last month.

Jeff Beasley is known for his acoustic one-man band act where he plays guitar, harmonica and sings, all while kicking a kick drum, hi hat, tambourine and snare.

Jeff Beasley

Jeff Beasley

Jeff spent several years in Nashville, where he had a small publishing deal with Warner Chappell England.  He was a featured writer at the Bluebird Café.  Prior to that, he worked the Athens music scene for several years after graduating from Ga. Southern.

Jeff is a regular on the Savannah music scene, playing as his one-man band or adding a couple of musicians and performing as the Jeff Beasely band; or expanding further into The Fabulous Clams.

With six fully produced band albums under his belt, Jeff released his first live solo album in 2010 titled “Jeff Beasley One Man Band.”

Thomas Oliver has just completed a 16-show tour through north Georgia and Florida in support of his first CD in seven years, “The Edge of America.”

Thomas is one of the co-producers of the Savannah Songwriters Series.

Roy Swindelle is also a co-producer of the series. In addition, he is a well-respected musician, having recently been named Best Musician on Tybee, where he often plays solo as Roy and the Circuit Breakers, as well as with the Christy Alan Band, which was recently named Best Band by The Tybee Breeze.

His new CD, “401-k Plan” is just out.

Savannah Songwriters Series is entering its fourth year of staging showcases for original music.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m. the 2nd Sunday at the Tybee Island American Legion and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.

 

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Nov. 24, at 6pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking. All ages. Non-smoking

 

The Savannah Songwriters Series welcomes two newcomers to the series.

Jason Salzer recently moved to Savannah from Nashville, and Tony Mikels comes from the Atlanta area.  Two veterans of the Coastal Empire music scene — Thomas Claxton and Roy Swindelle — join them Sunday, Nov. 24, at Johnny Harris.

Jason Salzer

Jason Salzer

Salzer recently relocated to Savannah after a 15-year career in Nashville.  While based out of Music City, Salzer toured the country, sharing the stage with renowned artists including Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Steve Earle.

In addition to releasing several albums of his own, Salzer has had his songs cut by country, Americana, and Christian artists alike.  He has worked with some of Nashville’s top writers and producers.

Tony Mikels

Tony Mikels

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee,  Mikels is a guitar-playing singer-songwriter from Braselton. He is the lead vocalist and a founding member of the Americana rock band, 3Penny, whose debut CD is “Miles and Miles.”  He graduated from the University of Tennessee and has been on the move ever since.

Thomas Claxton is a popular fixture on the Savannah music scene.  A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., the 30-year-old has been performing professionally for over a decade.

“…Thomas is a breath of fresh air to a slightly stodgy scene,” according to Connect Savannah.  His performances are high-energy and the breadth of rock songs he knows and performs is astounding.

He is currently playing with his band the Myth.

This marks his return engagement with SSS.

Roy Swindelle is one of the Coastal Empire’s best-known musicians. Roy is a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, bass, guitar, steel drums and harmonica.  He was recently (again) voted Best Musician on Tybee by the readers of the Tybee Breeze. He plays solo, often as Roy and the Circuit Breakers, as well as with the Christy Alan Band, which was the Breeze’s Best Band.

His new CD, “401-k Plan” is just out.

Roy is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music twice monthly – the 2nd Sunday at the Tybee Island American Legion and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.

 

 
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