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Savannah Songwriters Series now smoke-free at Doc’s Bar on Tybee

Jefferson, Tommy, Skip and Stan

Jefferson, Tommy, Skip and Stan

The showcase at Johnny Harris‘ Sun., Jan. 27, was a spectacular success.

Standing room only for a great show by Jefferson Ross, Tommy Holland, Skip Hinely and Stan Ray.

The next showcase will be at Doc’s Bar on Tybee Sun., Feb. 10, with Andrew Gill, Mark Molloy, John Brown and Roy Swindelle.

We are please to announce that Doc’s is now a non-smoking show.

The Savannah Songwriters’ Series showcases original music twice a month — the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee  and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris in Savannah.

All shows begin at 6.   All are free to the public.

Nashville Singer/Songwriter Joins Savannah Songwriters’ Series Sunday at Johnny Harris’

Savannah Songwriters’ Series
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 E. Victory Drive
Sun., Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.
Free admission. Free parking
Songwriters: Steff Mahan, Todd Murray, Roy Swindelle and Thomas Oliver
Steff Mahan
Popular Nashville singer/songwriter Steff Mahan will be joining three local tunesmiths at the Sun., Oct. 28, Savannah Songwriters’ Series.
Steff performs about 200 hundred dates a year and has graced the stages of such notable venues as Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe, NYC’s The Bitter End, Charlotte’s The Evening Muse, and Birmingham’s Workplay Theater.
Her self-titled debut album and her second release, 42.50, both garnered national attention, creating a coast-to-coast fan base from LA to New York. Billboard’s Mike Gionet called Steff’s mix of rock, roots, folk and country “an entertaining can’t-miss performance.”
iTunes may have said it best with its review of her latest album, “Never a Long Way Home,” as “a song collection displaying both craft and heart, sung by an artist who wins extra points for her honesty.”
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Todd Murray
Joining Steff at Johnny Harris restaurant Sunday will be Todd Murray, who records and often performs under the name Sincerely, Iris.
Connect Savannah said Todd was “one of the most interesting of Savannah’s newest crop of acoustic artists” in favorably reviewing his CD, The Great Unknown.
This is Todd’s second SSS appearance; his first at Johnny Harris.
      
Roy Swindelle is annually voted best musician on Tybee Island, where he plays as Roy & the Circuit Breakers at Doc’s Bar.  Swindelle is a multi-instrumentalist, at ease on guitar, a set of drums, blowing a harp or slipping on a metal slide to play the blues.  He is a member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series.
Thomas Oliver moved to Tybee three years ago from Atlanta, where he primarily played original music with his group, The Usual Suspects.  He received several songwriting honors from the Georgia Music Industry Association.
Thomas is an organizing member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris restaurant in Savannah.
Local songwriters wishing to perform can send a query along with a link to their music to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com.
Contact:
Thomas Oliver 404-660-4320
or
Roy Swindelle 912-657-1035

Lauren Lapointe and Stewart Marshall at Savannah Songwriters Series – Sunday September 23rd

Lauren Lapointe and Stewart Marshall will showcase their songwriting skills at Savannah Songwriters Series

Savannah Songwriters Series

Sun., Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.

Johnny Harris restaurant

1651 E. Victory Drive

Free admission.  Free parking

Songwriters: Lauren Lapointe, Stewart Marshall, Tom Cooler and Jefferson Ross

Savannah’s loveliest singer/songwriter Lauren Lapointe and Stewart Marshall of Junkyard Angels will hook up Sunday with the Savannah Songwriters Series for another installment of the popular in-the-round showcases.

Canadian-born Lapointe has established her roots in Savannah while gaining recognition across the country for her soulful songs, unique voice and strong live performances.

Her songs include themes such as self-empowerment, following your dreams, as well as story songs inspired by living in the South and growing up in Canada.

Marshall is best known as the “Stewart” from the successful, long running regional touring act, Stewart and Winfield.  He also was a founding member of the country tonk band Junkyard Angels. He lives in Savannah with his family and tours with Junkyard Angel, Stewart and Winfield, and his family bands: The Marshall Brothers, The Marshall Family, The Marshalls and Rock.N.Chair.

Tom Cooler is a veteran of the SSS circuit.  He released   his first CD this year, “Nebraska Boy,” which includes the popular “Tuscaloosa” about the devastating tornado in that hit that town in 2011.

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

Now living in Savannah, Jefferson has set his sights on putting Savannah and Tybee on the map as hot spots for original acoustic music.

He is a founding member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris’ restaurant in Savannah.

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

Savannah Songwriters Recap – Doc’s Bar September 9th 2012

Hey ! Another excellent show of Top-Shelf music proved by the Savannah Songwriters Series! Doc’s bar, on Tybresia street, Tybee Island, Ga., once again played host to an evening of all original-material acoustic guitar music provided by members of the Savannah Songwriters and their guests.  Visiting guest performers included David Watt Besly, from St Augustine, Florida,  and Jenny Morgan, a Texas lass’ , currently hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Savannah Songwriters regulars Mark Carter and Jefferson Ross,  both of whom were sporting new guitars to show-off to the crowded house of bar patrons that night, completed the 4-chair line-up. The house was full and the stage was set!

The Savannah Songwriters have been delivering really high-end performances of original music to Tybee Island for several years now, and tonight’s entertainment was one of their best yet!

Jefferson Ross  delivered not only an exciting story of Moonshine Distillery in his tale of “Hornet Hawkins”, but also the eerie mis-adventures of a poor unfortunate soul who enlisted the labors of a Low-Country Hoo-Doo priestess in his song “Lime-Green Cadillac Hearse”!

Mark Carter reminisced  about his time spent working in the clubs of Music-City in his song “Nashville”, and then went on to share a bit of his musical savvy in the piece titled “One Day”. Really beautiful music here, Really great songs !

David Watt Besly was visiting us again, up from St. Augustine, Florida, bringing his signature vocals to life with the driving rhythms of his great song, “Love”.  I always enjoy hearing David set-up his music with brief little anecdotes of life that add so much color and depth to his music!

The ‘big-money’ this night, was riding on the coat-tales of Jenny Morgan, a fresh new talent currently hailing from the big-steel city of Pittsburgh, PA.  Originally from the Lone-Star state,  Jenny would allow only a wispy trace of her Texas drawl to sneak-out in her vocals just long enough to lure you in close so that when she slapped you with the dark-side of life in her song “Running on the Brazos”, you found yourself smitten by her young voice.  Oh, so clever… Not to worry, she makes it up to you in her sweet-sweet song “Brother Rain”, and yet she has caught you again !  I look forward to hearing more from her in the near future.

Doc’s bar, down near the pier on Tybee Island, is a really great place to take-in this sort of entertainment, the sort of high-calibre  singer-songwriter material that you typically can not find in most of the larger clubs in the Savannah area.  And the historic clique’ of all the cool photos that line the walls add so much to the ambiance of the venue. Hot food, cold beer, the beach, great music…….What more could you ask for? Love it!

See you at the next one!

Tom Cooler

 

Pittsburgh Songwriter Joins Savannah Songwriters In-the-round At Doc’s

Pittsburgh songwriter joins Savannah group for another In-the-round showcase at Doc’s

Savannah Songwriters’ Series

Doc’s Bar, Tybee Island

Sun., Sept. 9, at 6 p.m.

Free admission

Songwriters: Jenny Morgan, David Watt Besley, Jefferson Ross and Mark Carter

PLEASE NOTE that this is a 21 and over event

Living in Pittsburgh now, Jenny Morgan was raised in Austin, Texas.  And her songs show it. Her clear, young voice reveals her roots as she matches her catchy melodies with poetic lyrics in a range of folk, pop, Americana and touch of blues now and then.

She has received songwriting awards at such competitions as the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

In 2007 Jenny was signed to Canon Records and recorded her first studio album, “The Songs I’ve Sung.”  She has since shared the bill with Ruthie Foster, Susan Gibson and many more.

Jenny was scheduled to play Savannah Songwriters’ earlier this year, but had to cancel.  This will be her first SSS showcas

David Watt Besley returns to SSS and Doc’s, where he played last April.  The Virginian currently resides in Saint Augustine, where he is mainstay in the local music scene, playing with the Northstar band he formed with his brother, Ed, with the Big Lonesome he formed two years ago and solo as “Dave.”

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

 Mark Carter is a regular in the Savannah music scene, playing solo and with Lauren Lapointe.  He has established as a gifted artist with heart-felt lyrics and life-lived stories that match his stylistic rhythmic guitar progressions.  Mark is a regular SSS participant.

The music of Jefferson Ross can be cooked down to three terms: grooves, grits and great stories.

 Jefferson employs his unique acoustic guitar style and Southern, soulful voice to spin some of the finest story songs to come out of Deep Dixie in a long while. His song craft has been compared to Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell and Jesse Winchester.

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

Now living in Savannah, Jefferson has set his sights on putting Savannah and Tybee on the map as hot spots for original acoustic music.

He is a founding member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris’ restaurant in Savannah.

 

 

Savannah’s Harry O’Donoghue Returns to Songwriters Series

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Aug. 26, at 6 p.m.
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 Victory Drive
Admission is free, as is ample parking.

Songwriters in the round:  Harry O’Donoghue, Brad Wells, Stan Ray and Roy Swindelle.

With over 30 years in the music business, Harry O’Donoghue has become a master folksinger, storyteller and songwriter.  One of Savannah’s most successful musicians, Harry returns to the Savannah Songwriters’ Series after a very successful tour of Ireland.

His comfortable easygoing manner has become a trademark. On stage with acoustic guitar, bodhran and his gentle voice,
Harry has performed, by invitation, with the Savannah Symphony and has shared the bill with such international recording artists as Mary Black, the Furey Brothers, Tommy Makem, Danny Doyle and others.

Harry sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Irish Studies at Georgia Southern University and was voted Best Acoustic/Folk Artist by the readers of Connect Savannah every year since 2001 until the category was eliminated.

Harry performs regularly at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub when he isn’t touring.

Brad Wells makes his Savannah Songwriters’ Series debut. Originally from St. Louis, Brad is now based out Hilton Head.  In 2010, Brad released his debut album “Stories Of My Life” and it has received some radio play and industry attention.  Brad has been playing guitar and writing since the age of 14. The now 33-year-old musician has also spent the last 13 years as a radio
personality in various states, currently program director/afternoon DJ for Y107.9

Brad Wells has opened for Corey Smith and played shows from Houston to New Orleans, Fort Worth, Mobile to Arkansas and Indiana.

Roy Swindelle is annually voted best musician on Tybee Island, where he plays as Roy & the Circuit Breakers at Doc’s Bar.  Swindelle is a multi-instrumentalist, at ease on guitar, a set of drums, blowing a harp or slipping on a metal slide to play the blues.  He is a member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series.

Stan Ray is a co-founder of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series.  He plays solo on Tybee and in Savannah when he isn’t banging the drums with the Accomplices.

Now finishing up its third year, the Savannah Songwriters’ Series promotes original music through its twice-monthly showcases: the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the fourth at Johnny Harris restaurant in Savannah.

Local songwriters wishing to perform can send a query along with a link to their music to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com.

Savannah Songwriters’ Series Welcomes Two New Writers

Savannanh Songwriters’ Series @ Doc’s Bar
Sun., Aug. 12, at 6 p.m.
Parking can be a hassle so get there early.
Admission is free, as always. 

Savannah Songwriters’ Series  welcomes two new writers

Two newcomers to the Savannah Songwriters’ Series join two SSS veterans at Doc’s Bar Sunday.

Allen Coté is a 30-year-old composer, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist, originally from Austin and currently living in Milwaukee.

Coté is well versed in guitar, bass, lap steel, ukulele, mandolin and various percussion instruments.  He performs his own original compositions – ranging from folk to avant-garde electronica – solo and with various groups.

Currently, Coté is composing the music for the local culinary show “Wisconsin Foodie,” airing weekly around the state on Wisconsin Public Television. He also provides music to marketing and new media firms, and teaches guitar lessons at Milwaukee Montessori School.

Allen Coté and John Crockett have twice presented their sound installation “Tonal Motion” at the acclaimed Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Savannah Songwriters’ Series at Doc’s Bar is his final stop on a two-week tour of the Southeast (Charleston, Jacksonville, et. al.).

Craig Tanner is a well-known photographer, filmmaker and widely acclaimed photographic educator. His photographs have appeared in numerous national and regional publications including Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Southern Living, and Atlanta Magazine.

In addition to his editorial and advertising photography, Craig’s fine art landscapes are widely collected and exhibited and can be found in the corporate collections of The Coca Cola Company, Cox Communications, The Home Depot, Southern Company, and UPS.

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.  He has hosted an Open Mic at the Wormhole and currently helps host one at Molly McPherson’s.

His original songs reflect his love of country and blue grass music, which he comes by naturally as a descendant of Georgia’s legendary Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers.

This is his first Savannah Songwriters’ Series.

Tom Cooler is a veteran of the SSS circuit.  He released   his first CD this year, “Nebraska Boy,” which includes the popular “Tuscaloosa” about the devastating tornado in that hit that town in 2011.

Thomas Oliver, also a veteran of SSS, continues to write songs that reflect his move from Atlanta three years ago (“Atlanta’s Burning”) as well as his new home of Tybee (“The Ballad of Tybee Island.”)

       Thomas hosts a weekly Open Mic at Two Pirates Tavern & Pub.

Front Men For Trainwrecks and The Accomplices Headline Savannah Songwriters’ Series

***Updated Thursday July 17th***

Savannah Songwriters’ Series
Sun., July 22 6 p.m.
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 E. Victory, Savannah
Free admission.  Free parking.

Songwriters: Jason Bible, Matt Eckstine, Leo Dean and Roy Swindelle.

The front man and songwriter for one of Savannah’s most established
bands and the lead singer and songwriter for one of the hottest new
bands headline the Savannah Songwriters’ Series Sun., July 22 at
Johnny Harris restaurant.

Jason Bible

Jason Bible of the Trainwrecks and Matt Eckstine of The Accomplices
will be joined in-the-round by Tybee’s most noted musician, Roy
Swindelle, and a seasoned pro from Nashville, Steve Haggard.

As a solo artist Jason has released seven collections of songs.  The influence of Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash permeate his sound.  He formed the Trainwrecks in 2005.  The band has been voted best Country/Americana/Rock band by Connect Savannah for four years running.

Matt Eckstine

The Accomplices burst on the scene last year with the release of
Canned Beans, an all-original CD. The string band plays a combination
of groove-based blues-grass with overtones of jazz and bohemian
country. Matt Eckstine plays guitar, is the lead vocalist and writes
some of the Accomplices more lyrical tunes.

Leo Dean lives and plays out of Brunswick.

Leo Dean

A life-long musician, Dean promotes himself as a  “trop-rock musician with focus on resorts, corporate and wedding functions.”

He’s been called the Human Jukebox.

He is also a master Parrothead, knowing and playing as many Jimmy Buffett songs as the man from Margaritaville himself.

Dean has played ParrotHead clubs up and down the East coast of the US and as far west as Texas.

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

Roy Swindelle is annually voted best musician on Tybee Island, where he plays as Roy & the Circuit Breakers at Doc’s Bar.  Swindelle is a multi-instrumentalist, at ease on guitar, a set of drums, blowing a harp or slipping on a metal slide to play the blues.  He is a member
of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series.

Roy Swindelle

In its third year, the Savannah Songwriters’ Series supports local,
original music through its twice-monthly showcases that are free to
the public.

The second Sunday of the month showcase is at Doc’s Bar
on Tybee.

The fourth Sunday showcase is at Johnny Harris.

Pittsburgh Songwriter Joins Savannah Group For Another In-The-Round Showcase At Johnny Harris’ Restaurant

Savannah Songwriters’ Series
@ Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 E. Victory
Sun., June 24, 6 p.m.
Free admission. Free parking.
Songwriters: Jenny Morgan, Cc Witt, Jefferson Ross and Thomas Oliver

Living in Pittsburgh now, Jenny Morgan was raised in Austin, Texas.

And her songs show it. Her clear, young voice reveals her
roots as she matches her catchy melodies with poetic lyrics in a range
of folk, pop, Americana and touch of blues now and then.

She has received songwriting at such competition as the
Kerrville Folk Festival and the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

In 2007 Jenny was signed to Canon Records and recorded her
first studio album, “The Songs I’ve Sung.”  She has since shared the
bill with Ruthie Foster, Susan Gibson and many more.

Jenny is now recording her third album independently and
finding her niche in the Pittsburgh scene.

Cc Witt is a young aspiring musician born and raised in Savannah. The
nineteen-year’s songs are composed of a unique blend of genres, with a
heavy does of country.

When it comes to songwriting, Cc has been winning awards for
her songwriting since the age of fifteen.

“When I write my songs, I don’t want people to walk away
wondering what they just heard, I want to inspire them. That’s what
it’s about for me.”

A graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy, Cc is the lead vocalist
and rhythm guitarist for the local band Lyn Avenue.

The music of Jefferson Ross can be cooked down to three terms:
grooves, grits and great stories.

Jefferson employs his unique acoustic guitar style and
southern, soulful voice to spin some of the finest story songs to come
out of Deep Dixie in a long while. His song craft has been compared to
Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell and Jesse Winchester.

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

Now living in Savannah, Jefferson has set his sights on
putting Savannah and Tybee on the map as hot spots for original
acoustic music.

He is a founding member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series,
which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at
Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris’ restaurant
in Savannah.

Thomas Oliver moved to Tybee three years ago from Atlanta, where he
primarily played original music with his group, The Usual Suspects,
and received several songwriting honors from the Georgia Music
Industry Association.

Thomas moves easily from country ballads to the blues of
Americana, to country folk songs about Waffle House waitresses and
getting older in an ever-younger society.

The son of a Sunday school teacher, Thomas once considered
the ministry but opted instead for a career in journalism, which he
spent mostly at Atlanta’s largest newspaper.

Since moving to Tybee, Thomas has played many of the live
music venues on Tybee, from Bernie’s Oyster House and the Rock House
to Doc’s Bar, Two Pirates Tavern, North Beach Grill, as well as Wild
Wing’s in Savannah and Uncle Bubba’s on Wilmington. He is now an
organizing member of the Savannah Songwriters Series’ and its effort
to promote more original music.

See you Sunday!

Photos from May 27th

Songwriters: RyLee Madison, Jim Davidson, Roy Stalnaker and Thomas Oliver