Swindelle, Wells and Oliver welcome newcomer Josephine Johnson to the SSS stage Sun., Dec. 4

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
7 p.m. $10.

Three veterans of the Savannah Songwriters Series will be joined by a new songwriter to the area and the series Sun., Dec. 6.

Josephine Johnson will join Roy Swindelle, Ben Wells and Thomas Oliver at the Post Theater for the last showcase of the year.

Josephine Johnson

Josephine Johnson

Josephine Johnson is a California singer songwriter—by way of Indiana, Georgia and China. She grew up in a small Indiana farm town where she learned how to sing the stories of the people and places around her.

Josephine studied documentary film at Savannah College of Art and Design and went on to earn an MA in English from Humboldt State University in California. She spent a year in Xi’an, China, teaching university English and performing at pubs and coffee houses.

Before moving fulltime Savannah, she was the 2016 musician in residence at the Westhaven Center for the Arts in California.

Ben Wells

Ben Wells

Ben Wells started writing his own music within the last couple of years, while working on Jan Spillane’s most recent CD. He co-wrote and recorded a song with her and John Banks.

Since then, he has written several songs on his own and has recorded them at home. He enjoys trying out his new material at the Coffee. Deli acoustic jams on Wednesday nights.

You can often hear Ben and Robert Cooper playing as a duo in venues around town.

Ben is a math teacher with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. He is married to Stacey and they have a young son, Charles. They reside in Coffee Bluff.

Roy Swindelle

Roy Swindelle

Roy Swindelle is one of the Coastal Empire’s best-known musicians.  He has been voted Best Musician on Tybee several times 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 is annually named the Breeze’s Best Band best band. He can sometimes be seen playing with the Lazaretto Creek Band.

Last year, the Tybee Mayor and City Council named his song  “Living on Tybee Time” as the city’s official song.

Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver “knows how to hook you with a punchy line,” according to the Savannah Morning News.

Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver

Anna Chandler writing in Connect Savannah says: “From toe-tapping, catchy country tunes to haunting, wistful story-songs, the prolific writer is refreshingly versatile in both style and narrative.”

He followed 2013’s “The Edge of America” CD, with this year’s EP, “When You Kissed Me.”

He publishes a Song Blog on his website where every couple of weeks he posts a new demo and the story behind the song.

Thomas is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, now in its sixth year of showcasing local songwriters, with the occasional touring artists appearance. He is also the MC of Tybee City Limits.

Tickets can be purchased online at tybeeposttheater.org

 

 

Linda McRae leads a stellar lineup of songwriters Sun., Nov. 6, at the Post

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
7 p.m. $10.

The Savannah Songwriter Series is proud to welcome back to its stage, this year’s British Columbia’s Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee, Linda McRae.

Craig Tanner, Monty Parks and SSS’s own Tom Cooler will join her.

Linda McRae

Linda McRae

McRae is a Canadian born, US-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has built a following through amazing albums and a tireless (international) tour schedule. Performing on banjo, guitar and accordion, her warm and world-weary voice, unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, make McRae a captivating and sought-after artist.

Linda has performed in venues as diverse as Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre and New Folsom Prison, where she performs and facilitates writing workshops for the inmates.

These experiences lead to the creation of her Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented in detox centers, alternative schools, and youth and adult correctional facilities across North America.

The roots magazine No Depression wrote of a McRae performance: “Playing a banjo and singing in a strong alto, McRae went on to offer a masterful and stirring set of songs — songs with a capital S — that take you on a sonic journey while steadily cracking open your heart.”

Craig Tanner, one of the most sought after sidemen in the area, writes very intelligent songs.  Tanner is a well-known photographer, filmmaker and widely acclaimed photographic educator.

As with his photography, Craig is self-taught on the guitar, and those who have heard him say he is one of the finest flat-pickers in these parts.

When he isn’t hosting the long-running open mic at Abe’s on Lincoln, he can frequently be heard playing with American Hologram, with Britt Scott and Eric Britt.

His original songs reflect his love of country and blue grass music, yet the newer songs are more folk in nature in their take on political and societal issues.

Tom Cooler

Tom Cooler

Tom Cooler is an “Americana” singer-songwriter currently living in his hometown of Savannah.

He draws most of his inspiration from his personal experiences of living a traveled and colorful life.

Although he had two CDs, produced over the last five years, and one planned for the Spring, he cites as his greatest musical achievement mentoring a high-school rock band at his church through four years of teenage adolescent angst and growth.

Tom is known as one of the biggest advocates for Live Music.

Monty Parks

Monty Parks

Monty Parks started writing and performing material in 1972 when he performed in Detroit coffeehouses and clubs.  Over the next 35 years, as his career in manufacturing management took him from state to state, he wrote about life from those different regional perspectives.

Now, as a resident of Tybee, he feels blessed with the time to focus more on his music as he plays more and more for the island’s audiences.  He prefers playing in outside venues and entertaining the tourists.  Monty is Tybee City Councilman.

 

Georgia Kyle and Chris Desa headline SSS Oct. 2 at the Post Theater

The Savanna Songwriters Series presents two of the Coastal Empire’s best-known guitarists Sun., Oct. 2, at the Tybee Post Theater. Joining Georgia Kyle and Chris Desa will be Athens singer songwriter John Swilley and Brandon Nelson McCoy..

Georgia Kyle really needs no introduction, as he has being playing around these parts since 1998.

Georgia Kyle

Georgia Kyle

During the early years of his career he toured often, playing most everywhere this side of the Mississippi River. He was a regular in many of the East Coast’s most popular songwriter clubs such as the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, and Club Passim in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Kyle has worked with, opened for, and shared stages with the likes of Shawn Mullins, John Mayer, and the Blind Boys from Alabama, just to name a few.

Along the way, Kyle has independently released eight CD’s of original music, including his latest project called, “We Are All One Human Family.”

These days, Kyle plays mostly around the Savannah area as a solo act, or with his classic rock/blues trio.

Likewise, Chris Desa needs little introduction. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, the singer/songwriter is known for his work on the twelve-string guitar, with over 5 decades experience in music.

Chris Desa

Chris Desa

Having started playing the piano at a very early age, by the time Chris completed high school he was able to play thirteen instruments. He served five years as president of Savannah Folk Music Society and has served as a long time member/ board member.

A seasoned maritime professional for over 40 years.He has lived in Savannah since 1992.

John Swilley is a young singer-songwriter from Athens.

John Swilley

John Swilley

Whether it was singing karaoke on the coffee table at the age of 4 or opening for The Gym Class Heroes this past April, John has always known that he wanted to perform.

John has been writing songs since age 15. His songs are a great blend of rock, indie pop, blues and even a little reggae. His music takes you on an emotional roller coaster from the haunting sadness to the upbeat rhythms.

 

Hailing from Northwest Georgia, Brandon Nelson McCoy crafts songs that focus on history, story and character.

Brandon Nelson McCoy

Brandon Nelson McCoy

After leaving Savannah a few years ago, Brandon spent time in Athens as one of two primary songwriters in the anarchic Monkeygrass Jug Band where he also played mandolin.

Now, back inside the Chatham County line, Brandon Nelson McCoy is very excited to continue his growth both as a musician and a songwriter.

The Savannah Songwriters Series showcase songwriters performing their original songs the First Sunday of each month at the Tybee Post Theater. Show times are 7 p.m. General admission is $10. All ages are welcome.

 

 

 

 

Three songwriters make their SSS debut Sun., Sept. 4, at Tybee Post Theater

The Savannah Songwriters Series’ Labor Day Weekend showcase will be remembered as one of the best this year. Featuring three songwriters making their SSS debut, each of whom cites either Texas and/or Tennessee as helping shape their music

Thomas Oliver, a veteran of the SSS stage, will join Shawn Byrne, Brittany Moses, and Tim Eightay.

Shawn Byrne

Shawn Byrne

Nashville Scene calls Shawn Byrne “Nashville’s Best Kept Secret.” That’s quite a leap from 2003, when he starting washing dishes at the venerated Blue Bird Café.

But it was there that Shawn honed his writing and playing skills and not only became one the town’s most sought out guitar slingers (touring with Rodney Atkins, Mark Collie, Ashton Shepherd and Kelleigh Bannen to name just a few) but also became an in demand demo singer working on sessions for Mark Knopfler, Mary Gauthier, Gary Louris and Kristen Hall under the guidance of Grammy winning producer Nathan Chapman. In time it was Shawn’s talents as a writer that got the attention from publishers and major artists alike garnering Shawn a SESAC writer’s award and around 20 cuts to his name.

Byrne has a handful of Americana/Indie Country cuts to his name, the most notable of which was “Ol’ Cook Pot” recorded by The Duhks on their Grammy-nominated album “Migrations.”
Shawn’s second self produced record “Pine Trees, Cheap Wine, and the Moon” was released in 2012 and this year he released a new CD: “Slow Bullet.”

Brittany Moses

Brittany Moses

Hailing from the small town of Bethany, Missouri, but reared in Houston, Texas, Brittany Moses’ soulful, introspective

music takes on a style of its own.

Her musical upbringing included a talented singer/songwriter father and a grandfather who owned nightclubs in Houston in the 1970s. She’s been singing for as long as she can remember but it wasn’t until she received her first guitar at 19, though, that the songs began pouring out of her.

While finishing her degree in Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University, a school located near Nashville, Brittany honed in on her songwriting skills and gained valuable performance experience. She was chosen as one of the top songwriters in her songwriting program to perform at “Hot On The Row” for four consecutive semesters. She also was chosen to attend ASCAP’s Pop Songwriter Workshop. She has played at some of the world’s most preeminent clubs and venues like The Bluebird Café, The Listening Room, and The Rutledge, 12th and Porter, 3rd and Lindsley, Steel Stacks, and various other venues.

She recently moved to Columbia, SC.

Timothy Eightay

Timothy Eightay

Hailing from the musical mecca of Austin, Texas, by way of Washington D.C., Timothy Eightay (pronounced: like the number: 8, and the letter “A”– “8A”) began his musical journey 25 years ago. Drawing inspiration from the blues masters, reggae pioneers, and rockers of all era’s, Timothy believes he was was put on this earth to create music.

His soulful voice and masterful guitar playing weave the audio tapestry that is the local cover band @Sundown.

A software engineer for the Army, it was his Army job that brought Timothy to the Hunter/Savannah area.

He has played in many bands, ranging in styles from country, blues, jazz, rock, reggae, to hybrid originals.

Having shared the stage with the Dixie Chicks, Kevin Fowler, and Toby Keith, his latest CD, “Heard In Thoughts” was recorded at Ted Nugent’s personal studio.

Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver

Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver’s music mixes old school country with some blues and folk along with a little swing.

His critically acclaimed CD, “The Edge of America, is “pure outlaw Americana….” and “soars above the competition.” His ever-growing catalogue of songs has been described by Connect Savannah as ranging “from toe-tapping, catchy country tunes to haunting, wistful story-songs, the prolific writer is refreshingly versatile in both style and narrative.”

Thomas writes and posts a Song Blog on his website, where every couple of weeks, he post a new demo of a song and the short story behind it.

Over the years, the Georgia Music Industry selected five of Thomas’ songs for its Best of Country Showcase.

In addition to his solo career, Thomas also fronts the Lazaretto Creek Band.

Savannah Songwriters Series showcases original music by the writers the First Sunday of each month at the Tybee Post Theater.  The shows are for all ages.  The Post serves beer and wine in addition to the usual soft drinks, candy and popcorn. Tickets are $10.  You can order them online at http://tybeeposttheater.org/.

 

Josh Johansson makes his SSS debut, along with Sarah Tollerson, Sarah Poole and Abe Partridge

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Aug. 7, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
7 p.m. $10.

An American Idol contestant makes his Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Aug. 7, along with an Alabama songwriter with a caseload of tall tales and two veterans of the Series.

josh johanssonJosh Johansson is a soulful solo artist from Savannah. Although he has been gigging for the past four years, Johansson is relatively new to songwriting. He worked his way through college performing a wide variety of covers but now that he has graduated, he is looking forward to writing and performing more original music.

From Atlanta, Josh attended college here. Earlier this year he impressed the judges of American Idol, getting a golden ticket to California.

Singer-songwriter Sarah Tollerson is a favorite of the Series. Sarah TollersonShe was raised in Winder, Georgia, and started singing at an early age with her musically inclined family. Her songs have received recognition such as the John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriting and the Berklee College of Music Performing Songwriter Award.

In 2012, Sarah fell in the kind of love you write songs about, and the next year followed her heart and army pilot to Savannah, where they married in 2015. Their first child is expected to come out singing in September. This will be Sarah’s last performance until after the birth.

Sarah PooleSarah Poole is a Savannah local. She currently has two EPs of original music available on iTunes, Spotify, Google play and Pandora. She gigs around the Savannah area every weekend and has recently put together an alternative rock band called “Ember City.” She is busy writing new material for a full-length album with her band.

Abe PartridgeAt 18, Abe Partridge decided to pursue a theological education. On the way, he became a landscaper in South Alabama, a roofer in East Tennessee, and a day laborer in northwest Georgia until finally accepting a pastorate in Appalachia Kentucky at the young age of 25. After 2 years he left the pastorate and returned to Mobile with his wife, kids, and everything he owned in a U-Haul truck. He joined the Air Force and spent the better part of 2013 – 2014 deployed in the Middle East in support of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, and Operation: Enduring Freedom.
In October last, Abe entered the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout. That changed everything, and a dream was born to make an album.
In December 2015, he recorded his first album, “White Trash Lipstick.” He also fronts an original rock n roll band, Abe Partridge & the Psychedelic Peacocks. The band has been described as “holy ghost tent revival meets carnival sideshow.”

The Savannah Songwriters Series, now in its sixth year, presents monthly showcases of four songwriters in-the-round swapping songs and the stories behind them.

If are Interested in playing a showcase or want to recommend someone, contact SSS at savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com

 

 

Sean McNally and A.M. Rodriguez make their SSS debuts; joined by Kris Youmans and Gary Swindell

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., July 3, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
7 pm.
Sean McNally, Gary Swindell, Kris Youmans and A.M Rodriguez

The July 3 edition of the Savannah Songwriters Series will showcase two songwriters making their SSS debut. Sean McNally and A.M. Rodriguez will be joined by Gary Swindell and Savannah’s favorite daughter, Kris Youmans.

Sean McNally has been playing music since the age of 10. Playing in a band in his mid twenties, he found himself at the Alexandria Highland Games and for the first time heard Celtic folk tunes mixed with rock rhythms and was hooked. He played in a number of bands before taking a 10-year break.

Sean McNally

Sean McNally

A major life change brought him and his wife and five children to Tybee Island 4 ½ years ago and with the vibrant Savannah music scene surrounding him, the bug bit again. He decided to try his hand at a new instrument and dusted off the mandolin given to him by his wife’s grandfather nearly a quarter of a century earlier. After a year of playing solo gigs and hosting two open mic nights on Tybee, he decided to form a band that has become In For A Penny.

This is Sean’s first SSS showcase.

A.M. Rodriguez is a Savannah based singer-songwriter whose work mines American folk, country and blues music traditions, particularly from Texas and the Deep South.

A.M. Rodriguez

A.M. Rodriguez

He has garnered attention for both dexterous fingerpicking, and sharp lyrical focus.  This is his first SSS showcase.

Gary Swindell is a very eclectic artist. Vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter, he brings waves of rich spiritual insightful lyrics and music. With extensive background in jazz, gospel, folk, and

Gary Swindell

Gary Swindell

theatrical music he brings unique perspective and experience to his music through highly expressive phrasing and musical textures.

Swindell’s original music focuses primarily on spiritual themes but he also writes and performs jazz and blues.

Kris Youmans’ songwriting style is strongly roots influenced, and traditional and Southern as her hometown of Savannah.  Her ‘Slim Take Me Dancing’ CD was nominated for Country album of the year through IMEA in 2015. She is a favorite of the SSS audience.

Kris Youmans

Kris Youmans

 

Savannah Songwriters Series moves to new time: 7 pm

Sun., June 5, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
Doors open at 6:30 Showtime: 7 pm
Tickets $10.
Phillip Wise, Robert Cooper, Greg Williams and Megan McMillan

The Savannah Songwriters Series is moving to a new time – 7 pm – for its showcases of original music.  And Sun., June 5, offers a lineup of songwriters that would be good any time.

Greg Williams

Greg Williams

BMG/Chrysalis singer and songwriter Greg Williams is making his Savannah Songwriters Series debut. A touring artist whose work has appeared in film and television internationally, Williams has performed with many amazing talents among them Jon Mayer, Warren Zevon, Derek Trucks and Shawn Mullins. He has recorded 5 CDs of original folk, rock and blues.

 

Phillip Wise returns for his second SSS showcase. The Savannah native tphillip pic (1)hat’s been writing songs for about two years and playing all over downtown, honing both songwriting and performance skills. If there’s an open mic, Phillip has played it, if not led it.

He says his inspiration comes from indie pop folk music and he relates his own stories, good and bad, through this style.

Megan McMillan is a folk/country singer-songwriter from the small community of Pinetucky, Ala. Her hometown paper, the Centreville Press, states, “Her ability to closely examine her own life and emotions, and to deeply contemplate the lives of others, has given rise to a talent for poetry and storytelling – both marks of a great songwriter.”FB_IMG_1461357639483

30a Songwriter Radio comments, “Megan McMillan – why we do what we do.” Balancing a steady touring schedule along with homeschooling her two children, Megan displays the perseverance it takes to make a living in this difficult business. Her debut EP, “Potter’s Field” was released in October 2015

Robert Cooper has been playing guitar for most of his life but has never quit his day job as one of Savannah’s premiere freelance photographers.

Robert S Cooper

Robert S Cooper

A Savannah boy, Robert has benefitted from a broad musical heritage steeped in Southern swing and blues with an alternative rocking’ folksy bent. That history is reflected in his tunes, which are personal and insightful, but without navel-gazing. Cooper began writing songs in his twenties and continues to this day.

 

 

 

Cc Witt and Markus Kuhlmann headline Savannah Songwriters Sun., May 1, showcase

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., May 1, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
Doors open at 7:30 Showtime: 8 pm
Tickets $10.
Cc Witt, Markus Kuhlmann, Pete Love and Wayne Martin

The Savannah Songwriters Series returns to its new home at the Tybee Post Theater Sun., May 1, with another terrific lineup of four songwriters in the round.

Cc Witt, Markus Kuhlmann, Pete Love and Wayne Martin will be swapping songs and telling the stories behind them.

Cc Witt

Cc Witt

In the heart of the low country is one girl whose passion for music and vocal performance is unlike any that you’ve seen or heard. She is local singer/songwriter Cc Witt, also widely known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for established country-pop band, Lyn Avenue.

But Cc has a story all her own. Her strong talent in songwriting has been winning her awards since the age of thirteen. Cc’s songs are known for their depth, dynamic range, and particularly, the stories that lie behind the lyrics. Cc’s songs are composed of a unique blend of select genres, with her main influence being country music. Her voice has been compared to Norah Jones, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Kasey Musgraves.

She has just released a solo EP, Down Memory Lane, which will be available at the showcase.

Markus Kuhlmann

Markus Kuhlmann

Markus Kuhlmann is making his SSS debut.  From playing with the original Trainwrecks to gigs in between, Markus can be seen playing with Waits & Co. and Clouds & Satellites.  He also drums for the Nightingale News.

A multi instrumentalist, Markus plays piano, guitar, bass, mandolin and harmonica.

Playing professionally since 1999, his band Hazel Virtue was voted best band in Charleston in the early 2000s, as was Trainwrecks in the Americana category during his time with the band.

He has a son, who turns 2 on May 12th.

Pete Love

Pete Love

Sometimes referred to as Mr. Jukebox for his wealth of instant musical recall, Pete Love has played with groups such as the Denny Phillips Band, Spectrum, Band in the Park, Mary Davis and Co., the Navigators and Smokin’ Gun. A sought-after guitarist who is comfortable with most genres, Pete self-produced his CD “Chester and the Elements.”

His latest incarnation is that of Col. Sanders and the Finger Lickers, where Pete actually dresses in all white and bow tie and the eerily resembles the colonel.

You can catch Pete’s newest identity most any weekend at Doc’s.

Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin, from Burlington, Mass., has called Savannah his second home since his mother settled on Wilmington Island in the 1980’s.

He delights audiences with his engaging stage presence and witty songs of humor, love, and life.

Wayne’s song “I Like Your Caboose” was a 2015 American Songwriters Awards winner.

This will be his SSS debut.

You can buy tickets online through the Tybee Post Theater.

http://tybeeposttheater.org/event/savannah-songwriters-series-may/

 

 

 

Savannah Songwriters Series moves to
Tybee Post Theater with stellar lineup

In its sixth year of providing a one-of-a kind format for songwriters, the Savannah Songwriters Series is moving to the newly renovated Tybee Post Theater.

In its first year after reopening, the Post Theater has quickly become the venue for live, local original music. It created Tybee City Limits, a monthly showcase of live local bands and songwriters and has hosted the Tribute to John Prine and the upcoming tribute to Billy Joel.

Now, beginning April 3, the Post will present the monthly Savannah Songwriters monthly showcase of four songwriters in-the-round swapping songs and the stories behind them.

It is apropos that none other than the founder of the SSS, Jefferson Ross, should kick off off this new adventure.

Jefferson Ross

Jefferson Ross

Joining him will be one of Savannah‘s long-time favorite songwriters, Jan Spillane. Rounding out the foursome will be Tim Malchak making his SSS debut, and Tybee’s own balladeer Thomas Oliver.

Southern folk artist Jefferson Ross is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. Now living in Atlanta, Jefferson travels throughout the U.S. and Europe performing his original music and sharing his art.

Noted music critic Peter Cooper wrote of his latest CD, “Dogwood Cats:” Jefferson’s music is “flannel-warm in the chilled autumn.”

Jefferson lived from years in Nashville playing for a number recording artists including, Terri Clark, and sharing the stage with Country Music greats such as George Strait, Toby Keith, Reba and Vince Gill. He worked as a staff writer for a number of publishers on Music Row including Curb Music.

In 2010, he moved his young family to Savannah, where he helped create the Savannah Songwriters Series, Three years later, he and his family moved to Atlanta. He maintains a home and office in Nashville as well.

Jan Spillane writes, “If you’re not feeling it, don’t do it!”

Jan Spillane Photo SSS

Jan Spillane

A native of Savannah and Tybee since birth, the south is Jan Spillane’s home. She plays guitar and piano “she literally sounds like no one else.” Georgia Music Magazine added, “She’s like a lyrical acrobat.”

She’s been traveling to Nashville for the past 25 years and has written, recorded, and performed with some of Nashville’s Who’s Who. To date, she’s released four CD’s, three singles, two videos and in late spring of 2016, her CD, “Blue Canvas” will be released. Some of her credits include: “If Looks Could Kill” which was licensed for a promo on Showtime Cable Networks popular series, “The L Word.” She’s had a single song contract with Ah Ha Music Group for the song, “What it’s Not” and co-written with legendary singer/songwriter, Wood Newton.

From the peace, love, and rock & roll days of the 1960’s to the infectious trend of Americana, Jan creates a passionate and soulful, yet hypnotizing and energetic sound.

For more information: janspillane.com .

A veteran of 40 years in the music business, singer/songwriter Tim Malchak has persevered through many victories and failures.

Tim Malchack

Tim Malchack

Many of those experiences shine through in his music. Tim has recorded a total of 14 albums including seven Christian CD’s. As an international and award-winning recording artist in Nashville during the 1908s, Tim first came to be known in the music industry during that time with a string of Top 40 hit singles in Billboard’s Country Music Charts.

Songs like his self-penned “Colorado Moon” and “Restless Angel” helped to establish him as a gifted and influential singer/songwriter.

Later, in 1987 he was honored by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top Ten New Country Artists of that year. In 1988 he signed a major label record deal with MCA/Universal Records and in May of 1989 his critically acclaimed album “Different Circles” was released. During that time he shared the stage with country legends such as of Vince Gill, Alison Krause, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson, and the list goes on. In 1993 Tim appeared on Farm Aid VI in Ames Iowa that was viewed by over 200 million viewers on TNN.

A survivor of a 26-year addiction, Tim is now 21 years drug free. His career is now centered in church. He is a worship leader at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah

Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver “knows how to hook you with a punchy line,” according to the Savannah Morning News.

Anna Chandler writing in Connect Savannah says: “From toe-tapping, catchy country tunes to haunting, wistful story-songs, the prolific writer [Thomas Oliver] is refreshingly versatile in both style and narrative.”

Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver

And Red Line Roots wrote, “…in a world of people trying to make country music and falling short, [Thomas Oliver] soars high above the competition.”

He followed 2013’s “The Edge of America” CD, with this year’s EP, “When You Kissed Me.”

Thomas is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, now in its sixth year of showcasing local songwriters, with the occasional touring artists appearance. He is also the MC of Tybee City Limits.

For information about ticketing, show times, parking, concessions and other shows, visit http://tybeeposttheater.org/

 

 

Savannah Songwriters Series presents its final showcase at Johnny Harris Sun., March 6

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., March 6, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404

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

The Savannah Songwriters Series presents its final showcase at the Johnny Harris Restaurant Sun., March 6.

Local songwriters Britt Scott, Rick Williamson and Ben Wells will welcome Scott Thompson from Marietta as he makes  his SSS debut.

photo by craig tanner

Britt Scott

Britt Scott is no stranger to the Savannah stage, from the staple performer at the House of Mata Hari (Savannah’s only speakeasy) to most recently as a member of the American Hologram trio.

Her songwriting combines catchy pop structures, soulful vocals and emotionally authentic lyrical content where she explores concepts of the afterlife, of ghosts and God, the lasting effects of love, and our rawest and most innate desires.

She is working on a debut EP, Diving Bell.

Rick Williamson was born and raised in Augusta. In 1986 he and his wife moved to Nashville so he could pursue a songwriting career that included stints at major publishing houses, writing with such legendary writers as Hall of Fame songwriter Whitey Shafer, Phil Vassar, Tony Joe White and George McCorkle, founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band.

Rick Williamson

Rick Williamson

Artists who have recorded Rick’s songs include The Kentucky Headhunters, Kenny Chesney and Engelbert Humperdink.

After some 27 years in Nashville, Rick and his wife decided to return to his roots and bought a home in Savannah.

Ben Wells started writing his own music within the last couple of years, while working on Jan Spillane’s most recent CD. He co-wrote and recorded a song with her and John Banks.

Since then, he has written several songs on his own and has recorded them at home. He enjoys trying out his new material at the Coffee. Deli acoustic jams on Wednesday nights.

Ben Wells

Ben Wells

Ben is a math teacher with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. He is married to Stacey and they have a young son, Charles. They reside in Coffee Bluff.

Scott Thompson, a singer/songwriter with more than 20 years experience as a professional musician, is from Marietta. He plays music from all genres including classic rock, soul, blues, R&B, Jimmy Buffett, country, oldies, pop, and new rock.

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

The Savannah Songwriters Series has enjoyed its relationship with Johnny Harris and appreciates the use of its facility these last four years. Management and staff have been very accommodating.

The Series will continue at a new location to be announced at the March 6 showcase. The next SSS will be April 3, the first Sunday of the month.