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 a real treat from Florida, Brian Smalley.
Georgia Kyle really needs no introduction, as he has being playing around these parts since 1998.
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.
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.
Brian Smalley brings his lively show to Tybee from Apopka, Florida where he now lives. Though by the time he turned 18 his family had moved all across the country more than 20 times. So, it’s no surprise that wander-lust found its way into Brian’s soul, as well as into his music.
His acoustic novel “Chickens Pigs” based in Civil War era Florida was named Best Florida Folk CD of 2013 by the Florida Times-Union.
His latest CD “Key” is an acoustic novel set in the Florida Keys telling the fictional story of Painter Kellet & Compass Rose.
Brian’s music borrows from old-time flat-pick guitar and new-grass, but his style is hard to pigeonhole. He sings with a soulful, earthy voice, and his live performances tend to be just that: Lively!
John Swilley is a young singer-songwriter from Athens.
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.
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.