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

IMG_1740

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

 

Jason Bible leads a stellar foursome of songwriters Sun., Oct. 4, at Johnny Harris Restaurant

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Oct. 4, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404

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

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Claude Diamond makes his Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Oct. 4, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.

Joining him for the writers-in-the-round showcase will be audience favorite Jefferson Ross from Atlanta. Rounding out the foursome will be two of Savannah’s most popular songwriters, Jason Bible and Sarah Tollerson.

Claude Diamond

Claude Diamond

Claude Diamond of Atlanta started his musical education in the honky-tonks of 1950s south Mississippi. When he graduated from college in 1960, he was married with two children, and back in those days you couldn’t be a honky-tonking school teacher, so he put his music career on hold and focused on his family.
Forty years later, at the age of sixty-five, he released his first album of original songs, which immediately drew the praise of reviewers and listeners. By the time he released his second CD, “Highway of Life,” his music had gained such attention that Rounder Records’ European label released both albums on a single CD and sent him on the first of two tours to France, Scotland, England and the Netherlands.
Claude’s songs are included on five different compilation albums with other artists such as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley.
His story telling and voice has been compared John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver and Guy Clark.

Jefferson Ross

Jefferson Ross

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.
He’s just returned from playing in Germany.
Jefferson’s music is “flannel-warm in the chilled autumn” as noted music critic Peter Cooper wrote of his latest CD, “Dogwood Cats.”
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 fmaily moved to Atlanta. He maintains a home and office in Nashville as well.

Jason Bible

Jason Bible

Jason Bible was in born in Ft. Worth, Texas and has been a songwriter for 25 years. As a solo artist, he has released seven collections of songs since he began recording professionally in 1994. Jason’s influences are myriad and include Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
Jason plays piano, lap steel, bass, organ, acoustic and electric guitars.
He founded the Trainwrecks in 2005.
He has just released a new self-tilted solo CD.

Sarah TollersonSinger-songwriter Sarah Tollerson was raised in Winder and started singing at an early age with her musically inclined family.
After a year in the classical music program at the University of Georgia, Sarah left the South to study songwriting and voice at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 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.
In November 2012, Sarah released her second full-length album, “Wherever We Go.”
Sarah was happy to once again become a Georgia peach in 2013, when she became a resident of Savannah.

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

Sarah Poole and Abigail Eller make their SSS debut Sun., Sept. 6, along with Wyatt Espalin and Taylor Martin

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Sept 6, from 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking.
All ages. Non-smoking.
Songwriters in the round:
Sarah Poole, Abigail Eller, Taylor Martin and Wyatt Espalin

Two local female songwriters make their Savannah Songwriters debut Sun., Sept. 6, along with Hiawassee’s award-winning songwriter Wyatt Espalin. Savannah’s Taylor Martin returns for the first time in two years.

Sarah Poole

Sarah Poole

Savannah-born singer/songwriter Sarah Poole is an avid performer. A self-taught guitarist, Sarah draws inspiration from the 1990s grunge scene she grew up in.

Following in the footsteps of artists such as Jewel, Alanis Morissette, and Natalie Merchant, Sarah crafts her music based on her personal experiences and relationships.

A known personality in the Savannah music scene, Sarah has two EP’s under her belt. She currently lives in the Savannah area and aspires to become a full-time musician.

Abigail Eller

Abigail Eller

Abigail Eller is originally from Illinois, but moved south when she was a small child. She picked up the guitar a few years ago and decided to give it a go. After a few years of teaching herself, she has picked up many songs, and written a few of her own. She has always enjoyed the pleasure of singing and sharing her message. She also loves to act.

Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eight, Wyatt Espalin’s passion for music was obvious, even from the barn room stage built by his grandfather. He and his brother Matt were known as “The Fiddling Brothers.” While Matt hung up his fiddle and bow after high school, Wyatt was just getting started. Armed with a guitar and a desire to write songs, he paired with his friend, Cobi Ferguson to form the acclaimed Americana duo, Trees Leave.

Wyatt Espalin

Wyatt Espalin

After years of touring the duo broke up and while working as a raft guide and caring for his ailing grandfather, Wyatt began writing the songs for his debut album, The Pardon (2013).

His songs have garnered much attention winning the New Song Songwriting competition at the acclaimed L.E.A.F. festival in 2014. He also placed as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition and Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shootout.

Taylor Martin is originally from the mountains of north central Arkansas, but he’s lived in Savannah for a little over 10 years.  He works as an outside salesman for a construction supply company and spend a great deal of time out on the roads of southeast Georgia.

While he’s been playing guitar most of his life, he began writing about 20 years ago, but he got serious about his songwriting the last 10 or so. I’ve really taken it more seriously in the last 10 to 15 years.  “I love a good story, and I’ve always loved country and folk music because of its emphasis on good story telling,” Martin says.

He made SSS debut in 2013.

The Savannah Songwriters Series is a monthly showcase of 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

 

Phillip Wise makes SSS debut Sun., Aug. 2; joined by Daniel Nickels, Robert Benton and Navi Singh

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Aug. 2, from 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking.
All ages. Non-smoking.

A young Savannah native makes his Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Aug. 2. Phillip Wise will be joined by touring singer/songwriter Navi Singh and SSS veterans Robert Benton and Daniel Nickels.

Phillip Wise

Phillip Wise

Phillip Wise is a 32-year-old Savannah native. He first picked up a guitar at 15 after years of loving hearing his father, uncles, and brother play. He played drums for a few bands that never made it off the ground and finally started writing his own music a couple of years ago when he found his way back to playing and singing again.

He attends many open mics around town meeting. Currently working on an album with Craig Tanner and a number of other talented people he’s met along this music path.

This will be Phillip’s SSS debut.

Daniel Nickels

Daniel Nickels

Daniel Nickels is an acclaimed, up and coming singer songwriter who has traveled the world playing music. A true vocal artist, the musical genres he can sing span the whole spectrum. His diverse musical projects include collaborations in rock, pop, hip-hop, rhythm and blues and folk.

His songwriting is based on real life situations and experiences he skillfully and passionately intertwines with stirring melodies and lyrical storytelling.

Soon, he will be releasing the first single,”Our Love”, off of his upcoming solo album.

Navi Singh is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, based out of New York City. Blending classical training with popular music sensibilities, Navi’s painstaking lyricism and musical exploration culminate in performances that are uniquely colorful, organic, and expressive.

An active composer, Navi has created music for short films, animations, television spots, as well as various arrangements for concert and studio settings. Navi’s compositions have been performed on concert stages and screened at film festivals across North America, Europe, and Asia. Navi also teaches guitar and piano to students of all ages in his private studio in Manhattan.

Robert Benton

Robert Benton

Robert Benton has been playing and singing for more than 20 years. He 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.

The Savannah Songwriters Series is a monthly showcase of 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

 

Jan Spillane returns to SSS stage and is joined by newcomer Dakota Woods Sun., July 5 at Johnny Harris

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., July 5, at 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

Jan Spillane returns to the Savannah Songwriters Series Sun., July 5. A young songwriter making his SSS debut as well as SSS veterans Pete Love and Ben Wells will join her.

Born and raised in Savannah/Tybee Island, Ga., singer/songwriter, Jan Spillane has been recording music since she was eight and performing in front of audiences since she was 16.

Jan Spillane

Jan Spillane

Her music stretches across multiple genres. She is heavy on blues, soft on jazz with drops of folk, pop, and country spread throughout her work. Playing piano/guitar, she has written and recorded numerous songs. To date, she’s released four albums, three singles, and two videos.

Jan is currently working on her latest CD, Blue Canvas with high hopes for its release this year.

Dakota Woods is a 21-year-old self-taught guitarist who learned to play guitar at the knees of his grandfather, starting off with gospel and old school country. He previously played lead guitar and vocals with two other local bands, including Exit 76, but has decided to focus more on writing music moving forward after a recent trip to Nashville.

Dakota Woods

Dakota Woods

Dakota can been seen and heard playing solo around Richmond Hill, Pooler, Rincon and Hinesville.

This is Dakota’s SSS debut.

Pete Love, a SSS favorite, 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 also performs solo and with bassist Dobby Simmons. He self-produced his CD “Chester and the Elements.”

Ben Wells is a math teacher who for many years was known for his side work with other bands and songwriters. He played on both Pete’s and Jan’s CDs. In the last couple of years, he started writing his own songs. He enjoys trying out his new material at the Coffee. Deli acoustic jams on Wednesday nights.

Ben Wells

Ben Wells

This year, he and Robert Cooper have started playing around town.

The Savannah Songwriters Series is a monthly showcase of 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

 

John Russell returns to SSS June 7 after successful debut at SXSW

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., June 7, at 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

Making his first appearance on the Savannah Songwriters stage since his attention-getting performance at SXSW, John Russell returns for his second songwriting showcase.

Nashville-based Anitra Jay, making her debut at the songwriter’s series, will join him and SSS veterans Andrew Gill and Roy Swindelle.

John Russell

John Russell

John Russell has lived in Savannah for a little over a year. His immersion into the Coastal Empire culture has seen his music grow more soulful, with elements of jazz, funk, blues and folk and in a pop package.

“I prefer intricate guitar composition with simple pop melodies,” John says.

He was chosen by John Legend to be mentored by him and to open for him at Austin’s prestigious South by Southwest music and arts festival in March.

Since then, John has been considering various offers from labels with record deals. But he hopes to stay in Savannah.

“The city has stolen my heart,” he says.

Anitra Jay

Anitra Jay

Anitra Jay is a R&B/soul singer-songwriter. As a native of New Orleans, Anitra showcases roots in jazz, soul, and gospel.  With a musical style often compared to India Arie, Anitra offers a sweet down-to-earth blend of soul and poetry with modern sensibilities.  Her personality and expert improvisational skills set her performances square between the raw edge of improv comedy and sultry soaked soul.

She is currently working on her fourth album, a whimsical take on life called “Work in Progress.”

Andrew Gill was the lead vocalist for the popular local band Wormsloew.  He can be heard most weekends around Savannah solo, or playing duo or fronting the Andrew Gill Band (AGB).

He possesses as strong a voice as to grace the Savannah Songwriters Series. His lyrics are as compelling as his voice.

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 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 has been voted the Breeze’s Best Band two years running.

Recently, his song, “Living on Tybee Time” was named by the Tybee Mayor and City Council 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.

 

 

 

Witt and Waits return to SSS stage Sun., May 3

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., May 3, at 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

Cc Witt and Jon Waits return to the Savannah Songwriters showcase Sun., May, 3, along with veterans Jason Salzer  and Tom Cooler.

Cc Witt

Cc Witt

Cc Witt is the lead vocalist and songwriter for country-pop band, Lyn Avenue. But Cc has a story all her own. She has been winning songwriting awards since the age of 13. Her songs are known for their depth, dynamic range, and particularly, the stories within the lyrics. Her voice has been compared to Norah Jones, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Kacey Musgraves.

For 25 years, Jon Waits has been writing and performing in coffee shops, bar and alleyways. He is currently the main songwriter and vocalist for Waits & Co., a Savannah-based Americana and Alt-country trio.

Jon Waits

Jon Waits

He moved to Savannah four-plus years ago.

DoSavannah wrote: “Waits, as most fans in Savannah probably know, is a hardened performer with more than 20 years of stage experience echoing throughout his songwriting.”

Jason Salzer spent over a decade in Nashville. There he honed his songwriting craft working alongside hit songwriters. Salzer has independently released his own acclaimed albums, working with producers like Mike Wanchic (John Mellencamp).

“My favorite part of the music business is still the time spent on stage,” Salzer says. He has made connections with audiences all over the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town.jasonguitarbw

He relocated to Savannah in 2014. “Savannah has taught me to take my time. This town is laid back and beautiful and I feel like here we have it all,” Salzer says.

Tom Cooler is a veteran of the SSS circuit. When he isn’t playing a SSS showcase, he’s heavily involved behind the scenes, helping set up and tear down and often running sound.

He released his first CD in 2012, “Nebraska Boy,” which included the popular “Tuscaloosa” about the devastating tornado in that hit that town in 2011.

In 2013, he released a new live CD, “This is What You Get.”

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

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