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.

Claxton and Zimmer offer a most eclectic mix Feb. 7 at Johnny Harris

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Feb. 7, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404

Free admission. Free parking.
All ages. Non-smoking
Thomas Claxton, Aaron Zimmer, Christina Christian and Roy Swindelle

From rocker to bluegrass, Savannah Songwriters’ showcase Sun., Feb. 7 promises its usual eclectic mix of songwriters.

Thomas Claxton

Thomas Claxton

Don’t miss the chance to see rock star Thomas Claxton unplugged. The Rockwell UnScene Magazine’s 2014 and 2014 Best Male Vocalist will be joined by City Hotel’s Aaron Zimmer. And a favorite of the SSS audience, Christina Christian, will perform four original songs as will Roy Swindelle.

With over a decade of professional experience, Thomas Claxton performs over 300 shows per year from New York City, Los Angeles and Boston to Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah and Orlando. Singing always being his passion, he performs both solo or with his band, Thomas Claxton and The Myth, and has also worked with many well-known names in the music industry. He has also opened for notable performers such as : Funk-Rock pioneers, Mother’s Finest; Drivin’ N Cryin’, Mili Matijevic (lead vocals for Steelheart and the movie “Rock Star”; and Stephen Pearcy (lead vocals for RATT).
On his most recent and upcoming album, “Age of Propaganda,” Thomas is working with many talented artists including Mario Cipollina (original bassist for Grammy Award-winners, Huey Lewis and The News) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kid Funkadelic Michael Hampton (George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic).

Aaron Zimmer is the guitar playing, harmonica blowing co-writing singer in Savannah’s indie bluegrass band, City Hotel. Readers of Connect voted ‘Best Acoustic Band’ in 2013 and ‘Best Bluegrass Band’ and ‘Best Folk Band’ in 2015.

Aaron Zimmer

Aaron Zimmer

Grandson of renowned American poet, Paul Zimmer, Aaron has been playing and writing music since he was 14. Aaron is a native of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, hailing from northwestern Georgia. He was raised on an eclectic mix of folk music, old time and rock and roll.

While in school at the University of Georgia, he played with local Athens band, Royal Blue and the Stone Grifters, and released one album with the group entitled “From Brittain Avenue.”

Work brought the songwriter to Savannah in 2010.

Shortly after locating to Savannah, Aaron helped form the Southern League band that quickly morphed into City Hotel. and began playing regularly in the Savannah area.

His songwriting focuses largely on experiences pulled from his own life and his witty lyricism brings out a fresh new perspective on timeless themes that anyone can relate to.

Christina Christian returns to the SSS stage for her fourth appearance.

Christina Christian

Christina Christian

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.

For the last five years, Christina has traveled the Southeast, performing her music. 2014 was a turning point. Christina began being recognized for her songwriting craft, which led to performing in the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, and the Hwy. 80 Songwriters Festival in Meridian, MS.

She also lived briefly in Nashville before moving to Perdido Key, Fla.,

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.

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

Roy is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music the 1st Sunday of each month at Johnny Harris.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.

 

Mary Davis and Sara Bacon make their SSS debut Sun., Jan. 3

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Jan. 3, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404

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

Mary Davis and Sara Bacon make their Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Jan. 3, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.  Jason Salzer and Thomas Oliver will join them in this monthly showcase of local songwriters.

Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Mary Davis may be new to the Savannah Songwriters Series, but she is certainly no stranger to professional music or to the local stage.  A lifelong musician, Mary’s been singing great songs written by other artists for years. While she always wanted to write her own music, she set that desire aside, putting her energy instead into her family.

While a wife and a mother of school-age children, Mary re-entered professional music in 2003 and has managed a fairly busy schedule, fronting three different bands since then, including Mary Davis & Company.

With her children now grown, she’s regained time to begin crafting her own songs. She now divides her time between writiing and her current band, Tell Scarlet.  And she looks forward to recording in 2016.

Sara Bacon

Sara Bacon

Sara Bacon is a Tybee Island native who began playing guitar around the age of fifteen. It was on Wilmington Island six years later at the infamous Wiley Workman’s Thursday night jam where she met the musicians who make up the core of her new Savannah based jam band The Flying Bacon Cheeseburgers.

Jason Salzer has spent over a decade based out of Nashville, touring America as a singer/songwriter.  In addition to having songs recorded by other artists, Salzer has independently released his own acclaimed albums.

Jason Salzer

Jason Salzer

“My favorite part of the music business is still the time spent on stage,” Salzer says”

Relocating to Savannah in 2014, Jason Salzer has refocused his Americana sound and story-telling style. “Savannah has taught me to take my time. This town is laid back and beautiful and I feel like here we have it all.”

Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver “knows how to hook you with a punchy line,” according to the Savannah Morning News.  Connect Savannah said his songwriting “displays a fine — one might say journalistic — eye for detail and poetic flow.”

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 fifth year of showcasing local songwriters, with the occasional touring artists appearance.

All showcases are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.

If you are interested in playing, please email your information to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com or visit our website at savannahsongwriters.com

 

 

 

Payne Bridges returns to SSS stage along with Stan Ray, Tom Cooler and Roy Swindelle

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

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

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Payne Bridges

Local singer/songwriter Payne Bridges will bring what has been described as her “laidback pop with a hint of country” songs to the Savannah Songwriters Series stage. Stan Ray, who helped found SSS but in making his first appearance is a couple of years, will join her.

Showcase veterans Tom Cooler and Roy Swindelle will also be playing the Dec. 6 show at Johnny Harris Restaurant.

Payne moved to Savannah five years ago to attend Armstrong and took up the guitar. Last year, she demonstrated all she had learned and then some with the release of a four-song EP: “GA Flame LA Burn.”

Though it has been a couple of years, this is a return engagement to the Series for Payne.

Speaking of long-time no-see:  Stan Ray will also be returning after a long absence, busy as he has been providing the rhythmic foundation as the drummer for the popular local band the Accomplices.

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

Tom Cooler

Tom Cooler

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 four 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.

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.

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

Roy is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music the 1st Sunday of each month at Johnny Harris.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.

 

Savannah songwriters Cory Chambers and Robert Cooper will be joined by Kylie Odetta and Joan Maute Sun., Nov. 1 at Johnny Harris

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Nov. 1, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404

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

City Hotels’ Cory Chambers returns to the Savannah Songwriters stage, while Savannah-native Robert Cooper makes his SSS debut. Joining them in the songwriters’ in-the-round series will be the impressive young Kylie Odetta from Greenville, S.C., and Joan Maute, a veteran of several SSS showcases.

Cory Chambers

Cory Chambers

Cory Chambers studied folk music and flatpicking while attending Clayton State University in Atlanta. He moved to Savannah in 2010 where he co -founded City Hotel, Savannah’s award winning bluegrass band.

He also lends his considerable talents to several other bands, such as Paving Gravy.

The songwriter, vocalist, guitar and mandolin player plans to release a solo album of original folk songs in 2016.

His previous showcase at the Savannah Songwriters Series revealed a songwriter with a sardonic wit, a combination of Will Rogers meets Jimmie Rogers.

Rober

Rober

Robert Cooper has been playing guitar for most of his life but has never quit his day job as a freelance photographer. A Savannah boy, Robert has benefitted from a broad musical heritage steeped in Southern swing and blues with an alternative rockin’ folksy bent. That history is reflected in his tunes that are personal and insightful but without the navel-gazing.

He and Ben Wells (a veteran of the Series)  began playing as a duo this year.

Cooper started writing songs in his twenties and continues to this day.

This marks his SSS debut.

Kylie145Kylie Odetta is an18-year-old singer/songwriter with an old soul, who writes and sings with hints of jazz, soul and pop influences.

From Greenville, S.C., Kylie has become a seasoned performer at an early age, playing more than 100 shows and opening for artists such as Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, and Kelly Pickler.

Calling herself “an old folkie from the sixties,” Joan Maute is a favorite of SSS audiences.

Joan Maute

Joan Maute

She started singing playing and writing songs in Chicago when she was 15, playing at many coffee houses and clubs in the city and suburbs.

After college her performing went to the back burner and she spent the next 35 years teaching.  Though she didn’t teach music, she often used the guitar to teach other subjects.

Now retired and living on Hilton Head, Joan has returned to her personal music.  She’s produced four CDs since moving down here, the last three in Nashville.

Joan also now works with Guitars In The Classroom, a national not-for-profit organization, teaching teachers to play guitar and ukulele so they can use music to teach across the curriculum.

The Savannah Songwriters Series is a monthly showcase for original music, fostering an appreciation for Savannah’s songwriting community.  Hosted at Johnny Harris Restaurant the first Sunday of each month, all shows are free and begin promptly at 6 pm.

If you are interested in playing, please email your information to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com or visit our website at savannahsongwriters.com