Category Archives: Music Events on Tybee Island

Four veteran songwriters return to SSS stage Sun., Sept. 8

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Sept. 8;  6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion
10 Veterans Dr Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission. Free parking. All ages

Four veteran songwriters return to the Savannah Songwriters stage Sun., Sept. 8, at Tybee’s American Legion.

John Brown

John Brown

Singing is a family tradition for Statesboro’s John Brown, who last played a SSS showcase in February.

His father was an Elvis impersonator in the late 50′ s and taught John how to play guitar. Both parents sang together on the weekends and eventually John joined in and later his brother as well.

John has had his own band, Outrider, for the last 20 years.  He has two CDs, the latest – “Who’s Laughing Now” – was the result of some friends winning the lottery. (We’ll let him tell the story.  It’s a good-un.)

Mark Molloy is self-taught guitar player, becoming versatile in the styles of rock and roll, country and blues

He has toured and recorded in many areas of the country, from Alaska to

Mark Molloy

Mark Molloy

Georgia, and has recorded and released three singles of his own.

He now lives and plays in Savannah, where he performs with his own trio called “Gypsy Slim” and a duo called “The SlimRoc Duo.”

This will be Mark’s second showcase.

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

Pete Love

Pete Love

A sought-after guitarist who is comfortable with most genres, Pete is currently playing with the Navigators.

Thomas Oliver has just released his first CD in seven years, “The Edge of America,” of which Connect’s Bill DeYoung said he displayed a “journalistic eye for detail and poetic flow.”

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Thomas Oliver

Later this month, Thomas will begin a 17-stop fall tour in support of the CD with several gigs in Atlanta, as well as stops in Blue Ridge, South Carolina Tampa, Clearwater and St. Pete.

 

 

Chambers, Tanner, Hinely and Swindelle in the round at Tybee’s American Legion

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Aug. 11, 6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion
10 Veterans Dr  Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission.  Free parking.  All ages

The Savannah Songwriters’ 2nd Sunday showcase features another young, local songwriter, Cory Chambers of the City Hotel.

Craig Tanner, one of the most sought after sidemen in the area, who also writes very intelligent songs, will join him.  They’ll share the stage with two of the area’s legendary musicians – Skip Hinely and Roy Swindelle. 

Cory Chambers was born in Atlanta and moved to Savannah in 2010. He married his high school sweetheart in December of 2012 at the old Blowin Smoke BBQ.

The 29-year-old has been playing guitar for 10 years.  He picked up the mandolin 5 years ago and can be found picking all over Savannah and Tybee with the acoustic string band, City Hotel, voted Best Acoustic Band in Connect.

Cory also plays a bluegrass brunch every Sunday with members of the Accomplices band at Tybee Island Social Club.

Cory has an English degree but only uses it to write pun laced folk music.

Craig Tanner is a well-known photographer, filmmaker and widely acclaimed

Craig Tanner

Craig Tanner

photographic educator. His photographs have appeared in numerous national and regional publications.

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 hosts a popular open mic at Abe’s on Lincoln and helps host one at Molly McPherson’s.  He can frequently be heard playing with Eric Britt. They have recently formed a new band, American Hologram, with Britt Scott and Eric Dunn.

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.  Yet the newer songs are more folk in nature in their take on the political and societal issues.

Skip Hinely is a local legend, playing around Savannah for almost 50 years, in such

Skip Hinely

Skip Hinely

bands as Deap Blue in the 60’s, The Marble Fawn in the 70’s, the Veraflames in the 80’s and most recently Flashback.  He plays guitar, bass and drums.  It’s been said that he knows every Beatles song.

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.  Rumor has it that he is taking fiddle lessons.  He plays solo, often as Roy and the Circuit Breakers as well as with the Christy Alan Band.

Roy is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music twice monthly – the 2nd Sunday at the Tybee Island American Legion and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.

Four in the round at 6 p.m. at Tybee’s American Legion

July 14, at 6 p.m. Tybee Island’s American Legion; 10 Veterans Drive, 31328

Four gifted songwriters will be performing their original tunes this evening beginning at 6 at the American Legion on Tybee.  It’s free, as usual, and all are welcome.

Dennis Page from Rincon is making his Savannah Songwriters Series debut, and Tommy Holland returns for his second showcase.  They will be joined by veteran SSS songwriters Joan Maute and Joel Clackum.

Dennis Page hails from Rincon, GA.  His big claim to fame is that in the late ‘60’s, his band, the Beach Nuts, from Hampton, SC, was perhaps the first musical group to have regular gigs on Hilton Head. They  throughout the summer at the Sandlapper Lounge.

Dennis is the former owner of Music Inc, which had locations, at one time or the other, in Hampton and Beaufort and in Savannah.

Dennis is CEO of Twitch Technologies, in Savannah, which is developing a new keyboard system for smart phones and tablet computers.  He holds several patents for systems that automatically detect lightning, and automatically disconnect valuable gear and data whenever threatened by storms.

He is making his Savannah Songwriters Series debut.

A self-described  “old folkie from the 60s”, Joan Maute is a retired teacher who lives on Hilton Head.

Joan Maute

Joan Maute

Joan took her guitar and music into the classroom when she began teaching in 1970. She used music to help her teach social studies, reading and language arts, and she has shared her techniques with teachers across the country and in Canada.Joan will be singing some songs from her third CD, So Much More, which will be released in the next month.

Joel Clackum, originally from Dallas, Ga., has traveled and played indie alternative music up and down the East Coast with a variety of bands. After taking a break to live abroad, he now makes his home in Savannah, and is working on new projects meant to explore some of his earlier influences, melding his indie songwriting with his more traditional Southern roots .

His most recent EP Thursday Morning is available on iTunes and Amazon Music under the artist name A Good Man.

Tommy Holland

Tommy Holland

 Tommy Holland, a Savannah native and well known civic leader, is making his second SSS appearance.  His first showcase was the first standing room only show at Johnny Harris.

Savannah Songwriters Series, in its third year of showcasing original music, is free to the public.  The America Legion hall is an all ages, non-smoking environment.  Pizza by the slice and drinks are available.  Shows start promptly at 6.

Tommy Holland returns to Savannah Songwriters Sun., July 14, at Tybee’s American Legion

July 14, at 6 p.m.
at Tybee Island’s American Legion
10 Veterans Dr, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Dennis Page from Rincon is making his Savannah Songwriters Series debut, and Tommy Holland returns for his second showcase.  They will be joined by veteran SSS songwriters Joan Maute and Joel Clackum.

Dennis Page hails from Rincon, GA.  His big claim to fame is that in the late ‘60’s, his band, the Beach Nuts, from Hampton, SC, was perhaps the first musical group to have regular gigs on Hilton Head. They  throughout the summer at the Sandlapper Lounge.

Dennis is the former owner of Music Inc, which had locations, at one time or the other, in Hampton and Beaufort and in Savannah.

Dennis is CEO of Twitch Technologies, in Savannah, which is developing a new keyboard system for smart phones and tablet computers.  He holds several patents for systems that automatically detect lightning, and automatically disconnect valuable gear and data whenever threatened by storms.

He is making his Savannah Songwriters Series debut.

 

A self-described  “old folkie from the 60s”, Joan Maute is a retired teacher who lives on Hilton Head.

Joan Maute

Joan Maute

 

Joan took her guitar and music into the classroom when she began teaching in 1970. She used music to help her teach social studies, reading and language arts, and she has shared her techniques with teachers across the country and in Canada.Joan will be singing some songs from her third CD, So Much More, which will be released in the next month.

Joel Clackum, originally from Dallas, Ga., has traveled and played indie alternative music up and down the East Coast with a variety of bands. After taking a break to live abroad, he now makes his home in Savannah, and is working on new projects meant to explore some of his earlier influences, melding his indie songwriting with his more traditional Southern roots .

His most recent EP Thursday Morning is available on iTunes and Amazon Music under the artist name A Good Man.

 

Tommy Holland, a Savannah native and well known civic leader, is making his second SSS appearance.  His first showcase was the first standing room only show at Johnny Harris.

Tommy Holland

Tommy Holland

Savannah Songwriters Series, in its third year of showcasing original music, is free to the public.  The America Legion hall is an all ages, non-smoking environment.  Pizza by the slice and drinks are available.  Shows start promptly at 6.

Sarasota’s Dean Johanesen joins local songwriters Sun., June 9 at American Legion

Dean Johanesen, Aaron Matthew, Thomas Oliver and Tom Cooler

Sun., June 9; 6:00–7:30 p.m.

Tybee Island American Legion; 10 Veterans Drive; 31328

Free admission.  Free parking.

Drinks and pizza by the slice available

 

Sarasota, Fla.,  songwriter Dean Johanesen joins three local veterans of the Savannah music scene Sun., June 9, at the America Legion on Tybee for the 2nd Sunday Savannah Songwriters Series.

Dean Johanesen

Dean Johanesen

“Dean´s style draws from a number of influences, but appeals to fans of Country, Americana, and Gypsy Jazz,” the Sarasota Music Scene review wrote. “A consummate performer, Dean not only tells good stories through his music, but seems to live them in every note.”

Aaron Matthew

Aaron Matthew

Aaron Matthew draws his influences from a variety of styles  including 1920’s jazz and old timey bluegrass to funk, soul, hip-hop, rock, reggae, and blues.  He has had many musical projects along the way most notably his Savannah based trio funk and blues band JellyFish Destruction.  His free-flowing style has an island feel of a baked-in-the-sun minstrel.

Thomas Oliver’s music is straight from the rich heritage of Southern music: a blending of country, folk and blues. Or what some call Americana.

Thomas moves easily from country love ballads to the blues, to country folk songs about Waffle House waitresses and getting older in an ever-younger society. His “Ballad of Tybee Island” is a local favorite.

Thomas is an organizing member of Savannah Songwriters Series.

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

He has just released a new live CD, “This is What You Get.”

Now in its third year, Savannah Songwriters promotes original music by local musicians in twice a month songwriters-in-the-round showcase:  the 2nd Sunday at the American Legion on Tybee and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.
The series occasionally features touring songwriters.

Four favorites return for Mother’s Day special at Tybee’s American Legion

Pete Love, Mark Carter David Watt Besley and  Roy Swindelle perform a special Mother’s Day showcase for The Savannah Songwriters Series 4th Sunday.

Sun., May 12, at 6 p.m. at the American Legion on Tybee.  Free parking.  

David Besely

David Watt Besley makes another returns to SSS.  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, and with the Big Lonesome he formed two years ago.  He also plays 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 himself 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.

Mark Carter
Mark Carter

Roy Swindelle is one of the Coastal Empire’s best known musicians. Voted yearly as the best musician on Tybee, Roy is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, bass, guitar and steel drums.  Rumor has it that he is taking fiddle lessons.  Roy is an organizing member of Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music twice monthly – the 2nd Sunday at the Tybee Island American Legion and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.

Pete Love, a SSS favorite,  has played with groups such as the Denny Phillips Band, Spectrum, Band in the Park and Mary Davis and Co. for nearly three decades.  A sought-after guitarist who is comfortable with most genres, Pete is currently playing with the Navigators.

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

 

2 songwriters slated to play Sun., April 14, nominated for Ga. Music Awards

The Georgia Music Awards 2013 nominations include two Savannah songwriters slated to play Sun., April 14, at the SSS showcase at the Tybee Island American Legion.

Tyler Harrison

Tyler Harrison

 

Tyler Brant Harrison has been nominated for Georgia country male singer of the year, while  Cc Witt’s Lyn Avenue band has been nominated for best country group.

Cc Witt

Cc Witt

Both Harrison and Witt will be among four songwriters playing the 2nd Sunday SSS at the American Legion on Tybee.  They will be joined by Allen Cote form Milwaukee and Tybee’s own troubadour Thomas Oliver.

Music starts at 6.  It’s free, as is the parking.

 

 

2nd Sunday makes American Legion debut with stellar lineup

Savannah Songwriters Series makes it debut at the Tybee Island American Legion Post 154  Sun.,  April  14, with a great lineup of three young songwriters, plus of a local favorite.

Tyler Harrison

Tyler Harrison

Tyler Harrison is an Okie from Muskogee, Ok. and just like Merle before him, he grabbed a guitar and a pen.  He came to the Savannah area by way of the military and when he realized how much heart the music had there he decided to stay.  His witty lines and smooth vocals make his tunes catchy and immediately recognizable.  A good ole country boy at heart, Tyler tries to reflect music from the golden days when Merle and George were kings of the country charts.

Cc Witt is a young aspiring musician born and raised in Savannah. The 
20-year-old’s songs are composed of a unique blend of genres, with a 
heavy does of country. Her voice has a warm tone with just the right amount of country twang. When it comes to songwriting, Cc has been winning awards for 
her songwriting since the age of fifteen.

Cc Witt

Cc Witt

“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. This makes her second showcase with SSS.

Also returning is Allen Coté, 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.

The elder among this group is Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver.

Thomas’ music is straight from the rich heritage of Southern music: the roots of Americana and real country. Thomas moves easily from country love ballads to the blues of Americana, to country folk songs about Waffle House waitresses and getting older in an ever-younger society. His “Ballad of Tybee Island” is a local favorite.

Thomas is an organizing member of Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music on the 2nd Sunday at the American Legion on Tybee and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris restaurant in Savannah.

The Tybee Island American Legion Post 154 is located at 10 Veterans Dr., Tybee Island, GA 31328.

Plenty of free parking. Bar and pizza available.

Doors open at 5.  Show starts promptly at 6 pm.

Packed house at Doc’s listens intently to four songwriters

Who would have ever imagined that Doc’s Bar on Tybee would evolve into a listening room for songwriters?

But that’s what happens every 2nd Sunday from 6 to 7:30 when the Savannah Songwriters Series present another showcase of original music.

Dan Dunnagan @ Doc's 3/10/13

Dan Dunnagan @ Doc’s 3/10/13
photo by Don Teuton

Sunday, a packed bar listened quietly  and respectfully to every tune played by Dan Dunnagan, Todd Murray, Pete Love and Thomas Oliver.

Dan, making his public debut, impressed the audience with such beautiful songs as “Boat for Sale. ” Everyone is looking forward to his returning to SSS.

Todd was fresh off the Savannah Stopover, and he demonstrated why his stylistic playing and lyrical storytelling have made him such a valued contributor to the Savannah music scene.

Pete Love @ Doc's 3/10/13

Pete Love @ Doc’s 3/10/13
photo by Don Teuton

Pete once again demonstrated his guitar skills as well as his songs that cosmically and comically look at life and its meaning.

Thomas Oliver introduced three new songs, ranging from a bluesy saga of life on Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue to an up-tempo, almost pop love song.

The Savannah Songwriters next showcase is at Johnny Harris restaurant Sun., March 24, at 6, with Zach Smith, Craig Anderson, Roy Stalnaker and Roy Swindelle.

Todd Murray returns to 2nd Sunday at Doc’s Bar

Second Sunday Savannah Songwriters’ Series at Doc’s Bar: March 10.  6 p.m.  Free to the public.

Todd Murray

Todd Murray

Sunday’s showcase features a veteran of the Savannah music scene, a relative newcomer who has taken the area by storm, as well as a songwriter of exceptional talent making his public debut.

Todd Murray records and often performs under the name Sincerely, Iris.

Arriving in Savannah from Chicago in early 2011, Todd quickly garnered attention. 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.”

Todd was one of the local acts selected to perform during last year and this year’s Savannah Stopover.

This is Todd’s third SSS appearance. His second at Doc’s.

Pete Love has played with groups such as the Denny Phillips Band, Spectrum, Band in the Park and Mary Davis and Co. for nearly three decades.  A sought-after guitarist who is comfortable with most genres, Pete is currently playing with the Navigators.

Dan Dunnagan is one of the reasons SSS exists:  to give unknown songwriters a chance to showcase their talents.  Anyone who has heard the North Carolina native is immediately impressed with his playing and singing.  His songs are so good, the listener is surprised to learn he wrote them rather than they are something by James Taylor or Nanci Griffith.

The Tybee resident started playing and writing at 14.  Although none of his songs sound like Jimmy Buffett, Dan cites the island troubadour as a major influence.

This is Dan’s first public performance.

Rounding out the lineup is Thomas Oliver.  An organizing member of SSS, Thomas moved from Atlanta to Tybee four years ago.  His songs range from country love ballads to the blues of Americana, to country folk songs about Waffle House waitresses and getting older in an ever-younger society.

Now in its third year, Savannah Songwriters promotes original music from local musicians in free songwriters-in-the-round showcases the 2nd Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris’.