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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.

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.

 

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

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

Christina Christian returns to SSS and Clark Byron makes his debut

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


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

Savannah Songwriters Series favorite Christina Christian returns Sun., April 5, along with local veterans Mark Molloy and Jonathan Hill.  Clark Byron will be making his SSS debut.

Christina Christian

Christina Christian

Born and raised in south Alabama, Americana, country singer-songwriter Christina Christian returns to the Savannah Songwriter Series for her third showcase. For the last five years, Christina has traveled the Southeast, performing her music.

Last year 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., where in between shows, the 22-year-old is also marketing director at Blue Hound Promotions in Pensacola, FL.

This year Christina plans to release new music, with a single in the Spring, along with a Live album in the Summer.

Clark Byron

Clark Byron

Clark Byron will be making his SSS debut. A 40-year veteran of songwriting and performing.  The lion’s share of his accomplishments were in the Christian music world, with two successful CD albums almost exclusively of original material. His recordings have sold the world over. After spending 26 years in Kansas City, Clark moved to Savannah four years ago.

Clark has performed all over the country in both sacred and secular venues. He has appearned many times on local, national and worldwide television, on such networks as The Nashville Network, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the Daystar Television Network.

Mark Molloy

Mark Molloy

Mark Molloy is a well-known bluesman in the Savannah area. A self taught guitar player, Mark has become highly skilled in the styles of rock and roll, country and blues and still works to perfect his style and technique every day. He has played with the likes of The Late Great Isaac Scott, Albert Collins and David Brewer and opened for Bruce Hampton.

He has toured and recorded in many areas of the country from Alaska to Georgia and released three singles of his own. He now lives and plays with his own trio called “Gypsy Slim” and a duo called “The SlimRoc Duo,” also the “Hounddog slim duo.”

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill has been playing in Savannah for the last five years after moving from Mississippi. He is a touring bassist and spends his off time recording and writing in his home studio.

He is about to release two cd’s and is working on a third of his own material. He is also producing and engineering other musicians’ projects.

His music can be very eclectic from folk and finger picking blues to rock and electronic.

The Savannah Songwriters Seriesshowcases original music the first 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

 

Award-winning folkie leads strong lineup at Savannah Songwriters First Sunday Feb. 1

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Feb. 1, at 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

Chart-topping, award-winning folksinger Linda McRae heads a stellar cast of songwriters at the Savannah Songwriters’ showcase at Johnny Harris Restaurant Feb. 1.

Joining Linda will be North Carolina’s Todd Hoke, one of the founding members of the SSS, Jefferson Ross, and Savannah Folk Society president Chris Desa.

Linda McRae

Linda McRae

No Depression wrote this month 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.”

Earning two-platinum and three gold records as a member of Spirit of the West Linda left the band in 1996 to resume her solo career and has since released four critically acclaimed recordings.

The Canadian folk artist tours throughout North America.

Todd Hoke

Todd Hoke

Todd Hoke was born in, Texas, lived in Austin for a dozen years, and currently pays his utility bills in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Todd has recorded three albums of rootsy, folksy, bluesy music covering a wide array of topics.

Todd paints pictures of the world according to Todd. Combining comedy with tragedy and often times throwing in a brutally sharp wit comment, Todd’s songs are journeys you must experience.

He became a SSS crowd favorite with his 2013 performance.

Jefferson Ross

Jefferson Ross

Southern folk artist, Jefferson Ross, is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter.  After years in Nashville as a songwriter and bandleader, Jefferson moved in 2010 to Savannah where he helped start the Savannah Songwriter Series. He moved to Atlanta in 2013. There he resumed with a passion his painting, taking it in a folk art direction with many renderings of famous blues musicians.

He continues to play house concerts and festivals throughout the South.

Chris Desa is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter specializing primarily in six and 12-string guitars. With over five decades experience, he blends well-known tunes of the 60’s- 80’s with his own compositions.

He is president of Savannah Folk Music Society since 2011 and has served as a long time member and board member.

The Savannah Songwriters Series showcases original music the first Sunday at Johnny Harris’ restaurant.

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

 

 

Savannah Songwriters Series kicks off new year with a showcase of four diverse songwriters

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Jan. 4, at 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

The Savannah Songwriters Series kicks of a new year with a great showcase of songwriting talent. Rick Williamson, who had a career writing in Nashville for such artists as Kenny Chesney, makes his SSS debut. He’s joined by Dean Johanesen, who is returning for his second SSS showcase, along with Savannah’s Kyrsten Paige Roseman  and Tybee Island’s Thomas Oliver.

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 on Isle of Hope.

This is Rick’s Savannah Songwriters Series debut.

St. Petesburg-Fla.-based Dean Johanesen wowed the SSS audience his first showcase in June 2103 with his story-telling, gypsy jazz style of music littered with the most unusual characters.

Dean Johanesen

Dean Johanesen

At that time, he was touring behind his first solo CD, “A Time and A Place.”

Since then, he performed throughout the Southeast and as far west as Austin’s SXSW. Appearances have also included the Mississippi Songwriter Festival and the Smoky Mountain Songwriter.

A current passion for gypsy jazz music in the vein of Django Reinhardt has put Dean on a musical path that focuses on new stories of old times. Real characters from the ’20s and ’30s, circus performers, the sideshow and Prohibition, all placed in a backdrop of gypsy swing.

These will play out in his “concept record” currently being recorded at Zen Recording Studios in the St. Petersburg area with engineer and producer Steve Connelly who has worked with Roger McGuinn of the Birds. The new record is due for release some time in mid 2015.

You can find Dean’s music on Pandora, Rhapsody and I-Tunes.

Savannah’s Kyrsten Paige Roseman shares the stage with her sister Kourtney in the indie soul duo, The Rosies, who have made a splash in Savannah.

Kyrsten Paige Roseman

Kyrsten Paige Roseman

They have opened for Loretta Lynn at the Johnny Mercer Theater and a song from their E.P Spectrum, “Game of the Wicked,” was selected as a theme song in the San Francisco Independent Film, “Writers Cramp.”

Word is that The Rosies will have a new CD out early in 2015.

Tybee Island songwriter Thomas Oliver released his third CD, “The Edge of America,” in 2013.  Red Line Roots said, “…in a world of people trying to make country music and falling short, [Thomas Oliver] soars high above the competition.”

He will be releasing a four-song EP early in 2015.

His Lazaretto Creek Band plays a mixture of country blues and Americana classics along with his originals.

Thomas is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music the first 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

 

SSS moves to new First Sunday date, Dec. 7, with a strong lineup

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Dec. 7, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

 A strong set of songwriters inaugurates in a new date for Savannah Songwriters’ showcases, Sun., Dec. 7.

Kris Youmans returns to her hometown with her fusion of Texas swing, Americana and traditional country. She’ll be joined by local songwriters Andrew Gill, Thomas Claxton and Roy Swindelle at Johnny Harris Restaurant, as the SSS moves to the First Sunday of each month.

Kris Youmans

Kris Youmans

Kris Youmans has always been influenced by the Southern charm and coastal life of Savannah, where she was born and raised. Now living in Newnan, she is the founder of Newnan Unplugged, a popular songwriter showcase in Newnan, and is also the co-coordinator for the Carrollton chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI). She is a community partner with Meals On Wheels and organizes musical fundraisers for them annually.

She has been nominated several times at Ga-Country.com for female vocalist of the year as well as the Georgia Music Awards 2013.

The Kris Youmans Band performs in venues throughout the Atlanta metro area and just completed a new CD of original tunes.

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

Andrew’s vocals are as dynamic as any in the Coastal Empire.  He possesses perhaps one of the strongest voices to grace the Savannah Songwriters Series. His lyrics are as strong as his voice.

Thomas Claxton is a popular fixture on the Savannah music scene.  A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., the 31-year-old has been performing professionally for over a decade.

“…Thomas is a breath of fresh air …,” according to Connect Savannah.  His performances are high-energy and the breadth of rock songs he knows and performs is astounding.

He is currently playing with his band the Myth.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Jon Waits debuts at Savannah Songwriters Series Sun., Nov. 23

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Nov. 23, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

Jon Waits makes his Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Nov. 23, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.

He’ll be joined by local SSS veterans Pete Love and Ben Wells. Also, Arsena Schroeder, who excited the audience with her March performance, returns from Charlotte to the writers-in-the round showcase.

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

Born the son of a preacher-man in the early seventies in Atlanta, Jon first picked up the guitar at age 10. Growing restless in his early twenties he hit the road, traveling and living by the seat of his pants for the next decade, performing in coffeehouses, and wherever else would let him pick his guitar; sometimes for pay, sometimes just to be heard.

Eventually the high life brought him down, and the music was put on hold for several years. After getting clean and sober he slowly returned to playing. He moved to Savannah three-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.”

Pete Love, a SSS favorite, has played with groups such as the Denny Phillips Band, Spectrum, Band in the Park, Mary Davis and Co. and the Navigators.

A sought-after guitarist who is comfortable with most genres, Pete also performs solo. He self-produced his CD “Chester and the Elements.”

He will once again demonstrate his guitar skills and play his songs that cosmically and comically look at life and its meaning.

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 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.

Arsena Schroeder

Arsena Schroeder

Charlotte-based Arsena Schroeder began her journey as a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist six years ago. Since then, she has performed locally, nationally and internationally at venues such as The Evening Muse in Charlotte, Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, and WDVX The Blue Plate Special in Knoxville.

She’s also competed and advanced a round as an American Idol contestant.

She released her first EP, “Abundantly,” last year. It garnered her comparisons to Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Corrine Bailey Rae, & Tracy Chapman.

Her next release, “For My Artist Child” is scheduled to be released next month.

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 fourth Sunday of each month at 6 pm, the series will move to the First Sunday of each month beginning December 2014.

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