The Savannah Songwriters Series’ Labor Day Weekend showcase will be remembered as one of the best this year. Featuring three songwriters making their SSS debut, each of whom cites either Texas and/or Tennessee as helping shape their music
Thomas Oliver, a veteran of the SSS stage, will join Shawn Byrne, Brittany Moses, and Tim Eightay.
Nashville Scene calls Shawn Byrne “Nashville’s Best Kept Secret.” That’s quite a leap from 2003, when he starting washing dishes at the venerated Blue Bird Café.
But it was there that Shawn honed his writing and playing skills and not only became one the town’s most sought out guitar slingers (touring with Rodney Atkins, Mark Collie, Ashton Shepherd and Kelleigh Bannen to name just a few) but also became an in demand demo singer working on sessions for Mark Knopfler, Mary Gauthier, Gary Louris and Kristen Hall under the guidance of Grammy winning producer Nathan Chapman. In time it was Shawn’s talents as a writer that got the attention from publishers and major artists alike garnering Shawn a SESAC writer’s award and around 20 cuts to his name.
Byrne has a handful of Americana/Indie Country cuts to his name, the most notable of which was “Ol’ Cook Pot” recorded by The Duhks on their Grammy-nominated album “Migrations.”
Shawn’s second self produced record “Pine Trees, Cheap Wine, and the Moon” was released in 2012 and this year he released a new CD: “Slow Bullet.”
Hailing from the small town of Bethany, Missouri, but reared in Houston, Texas, Brittany Moses’ soulful, introspective
music takes on a style of its own.
Her musical upbringing included a talented singer/songwriter father and a grandfather who owned nightclubs in Houston in the 1970s. She’s been singing for as long as she can remember but it wasn’t until she received her first guitar at 19, though, that the songs began pouring out of her.
While finishing her degree in Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University, a school located near Nashville, Brittany honed in on her songwriting skills and gained valuable performance experience. She was chosen as one of the top songwriters in her songwriting program to perform at “Hot On The Row” for four consecutive semesters. She also was chosen to attend ASCAP’s Pop Songwriter Workshop. She has played at some of the world’s most preeminent clubs and venues like The Bluebird Café, The Listening Room, and The Rutledge, 12th and Porter, 3rd and Lindsley, Steel Stacks, and various other venues.
She recently moved to Columbia, SC.
Hailing from the musical mecca of Austin, Texas, by way of Washington D.C., Timothy Eightay (pronounced: like the number: 8, and the letter “A”– “8A”) began his musical journey 25 years ago. Drawing inspiration from the blues masters, reggae pioneers, and rockers of all era’s, Timothy believes he was was put on this earth to create music.
His soulful voice and masterful guitar playing weave the audio tapestry that is the local cover band @Sundown.
A software engineer for the Army, it was his Army job that brought Timothy to the Hunter/Savannah area.
He has played in many bands, ranging in styles from country, blues, jazz, rock, reggae, to hybrid originals.
Having shared the stage with the Dixie Chicks, Kevin Fowler, and Toby Keith, his latest CD, “Heard In Thoughts” was recorded at Ted Nugent’s personal studio.
Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver’s music mixes old school country with some blues and folk along with a little swing.
His critically acclaimed CD, “The Edge of America, is “pure outlaw Americana….” and “soars above the competition.” His ever-growing catalogue of songs has been described by Connect Savannah as ranging “from toe-tapping, catchy country tunes to haunting, wistful story-songs, the prolific writer is refreshingly versatile in both style and narrative.”
Thomas writes and posts a Song Blog on his website, where every couple of weeks, he post a new demo of a song and the short story behind it.
Over the years, the Georgia Music Industry selected five of Thomas’ songs for its Best of Country Showcase.
In addition to his solo career, Thomas also fronts the Lazaretto Creek Band.
Savannah Songwriters Series showcases original music by the writers the First Sunday of each month at the Tybee Post Theater. The shows are for all ages. The Post serves beer and wine in addition to the usual soft drinks, candy and popcorn. Tickets are $10. You can order them online at http://tybeeposttheater.org/.