Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
7 p.m. $10.
Three veterans of the Savannah Songwriters Series will be joined by a new songwriter to the area and the series Sun., Dec. 6.
Josephine Johnson will join Roy Swindelle, Ben Wells and Thomas Oliver at the Post Theater for the last showcase of the year.
Josephine Johnson is a California singer songwriter—by way of Indiana, Georgia and China. She grew up in a small Indiana farm town where she learned how to sing the stories of the people and places around her.
Josephine studied documentary film at Savannah College of Art and Design and went on to earn an MA in English from Humboldt State University in California. She spent a year in Xi’an, China, teaching university English and performing at pubs and coffee houses.
Before moving fulltime Savannah, she was the 2016 musician in residence at the Westhaven Center for the Arts in California.
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.
You can often hear Ben and Robert Cooper playing as a duo in venues around town.
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.
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. He can sometimes be seen playing with the Lazaretto Creek Band.
Last year, the Tybee Mayor and City Council named his song “Living on Tybee Time” as the city’s official song.
Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver “knows how to hook you with a punchy line,” according to the Savannah Morning News.
Anna Chandler writing in Connect Savannah says: “From toe-tapping, catchy country tunes to haunting, wistful story-songs, the prolific writer is refreshingly versatile in both style and narrative.”
He followed 2013’s “The Edge of America” CD, with this year’s EP, “When You Kissed Me.”
He publishes a Song Blog on his website where every couple of weeks he posts a new demo and the story behind the song.
Thomas is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, now in its sixth year of showcasing local songwriters, with the occasional touring artists appearance. He is also the MC of Tybee City Limits.
Tickets can be purchased online at tybeeposttheater.org