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Swindelle, Wells and Oliver welcome newcomer Josephine Johnson to the SSS stage Sun., Dec. 4

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

Josephine Johnson

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

Ben Wells

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

Roy Swindelle

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.

Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver

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

 

 

Linda McRae leads a stellar lineup of songwriters Sun., Nov. 6, at the Post

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
7 p.m. $10.

The Savannah Songwriter Series is proud to welcome back to its stage, this year’s British Columbia’s Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee, Linda McRae.

Craig Tanner, Monty Parks and SSS’s own Tom Cooler will join her.

Linda McRae

Linda McRae

McRae is a Canadian born, US-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has built a following through amazing albums and a tireless (international) tour schedule. Performing on banjo, guitar and accordion, her warm and world-weary voice, unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, make McRae a captivating and sought-after artist.

Linda has performed in venues as diverse as Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre and New Folsom Prison, where she performs and facilitates writing workshops for the inmates.

These experiences lead to the creation of her Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented in detox centers, alternative schools, and youth and adult correctional facilities across North America.

The roots magazine No Depression wrote 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.”

Craig Tanner, one of the most sought after sidemen in the area, writes very intelligent songs.  Tanner is a well-known photographer, filmmaker and widely acclaimed photographic educator.

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.

When he isn’t hosting the long-running open mic at Abe’s on Lincoln, he can frequently be heard playing with American Hologram, with Britt Scott and Eric Britt.

His original songs reflect his love of country and blue grass music, yet the newer songs are more folk in nature in their take on political and societal issues.

Tom Cooler

Tom Cooler

Tom Cooler is an “Americana” singer-songwriter currently living in his hometown of Savannah.

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 five 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.

Monty Parks

Monty Parks

Monty Parks started writing and performing material in 1972 when he performed in Detroit coffeehouses and clubs.  Over the next 35 years, as his career in manufacturing management took him from state to state, he wrote about life from those different regional perspectives.

Now, as a resident of Tybee, he feels blessed with the time to focus more on his music as he plays more and more for the island’s audiences.  He prefers playing in outside venues and entertaining the tourists.  Monty is Tybee City Councilman.

 

Georgia Kyle and Chris Desa headline SSS Oct. 2 at the Post Theater

The Savanna Songwriters Series presents two of the Coastal Empire’s best-known guitarists Sun., Oct. 2, at the Tybee Post Theater. Joining Georgia Kyle and Chris Desa will be Athens singer songwriter John Swilley and Brandon Nelson McCoy..

Georgia Kyle really needs no introduction, as he has being playing around these parts since 1998.

Georgia Kyle

Georgia Kyle

During the early years of his career he toured often, playing most everywhere this side of the Mississippi River. He was a regular in many of the East Coast’s most popular songwriter clubs such as the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, and Club Passim in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Kyle has worked with, opened for, and shared stages with the likes of Shawn Mullins, John Mayer, and the Blind Boys from Alabama, just to name a few.

Along the way, Kyle has independently released eight CD’s of original music, including his latest project called, “We Are All One Human Family.”

These days, Kyle plays mostly around the Savannah area as a solo act, or with his classic rock/blues trio.

Likewise, Chris Desa needs little introduction. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, the singer/songwriter is known for his work on the twelve-string guitar, with over 5 decades experience in music.

Chris Desa

Chris Desa

Having started playing the piano at a very early age, by the time Chris completed high school he was able to play thirteen instruments. He served five years as president of Savannah Folk Music Society and has served as a long time member/ board member.

A seasoned maritime professional for over 40 years.He has lived in Savannah since 1992.

John Swilley is a young singer-songwriter from Athens.

John Swilley

John Swilley

Whether it was singing karaoke on the coffee table at the age of 4 or opening for The Gym Class Heroes this past April, John has always known that he wanted to perform.

John has been writing songs since age 15. His songs are a great blend of rock, indie pop, blues and even a little reggae. His music takes you on an emotional roller coaster from the haunting sadness to the upbeat rhythms.

 

Hailing from Northwest Georgia, Brandon Nelson McCoy crafts songs that focus on history, story and character.

Brandon Nelson McCoy

Brandon Nelson McCoy

After leaving Savannah a few years ago, Brandon spent time in Athens as one of two primary songwriters in the anarchic Monkeygrass Jug Band where he also played mandolin.

Now, back inside the Chatham County line, Brandon Nelson McCoy is very excited to continue his growth both as a musician and a songwriter.

The Savannah Songwriters Series showcase songwriters performing their original songs the First Sunday of each month at the Tybee Post Theater. Show times are 7 p.m. General admission is $10. All ages are welcome.

 

 

 

 

Josh Johansson makes his SSS debut, along with Sarah Tollerson, Sarah Poole and Abe Partridge

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Aug. 7, 2016
Tybee Post Theater
7 p.m. $10.

An American Idol contestant makes his Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Aug. 7, along with an Alabama songwriter with a caseload of tall tales and two veterans of the Series.

josh johanssonJosh Johansson is a soulful solo artist from Savannah. Although he has been gigging for the past four years, Johansson is relatively new to songwriting. He worked his way through college performing a wide variety of covers but now that he has graduated, he is looking forward to writing and performing more original music.

From Atlanta, Josh attended college here. Earlier this year he impressed the judges of American Idol, getting a golden ticket to California.

Singer-songwriter Sarah Tollerson is a favorite of the Series. Sarah TollersonShe was raised in Winder, Georgia, and started singing at an early age with her musically inclined family. Her songs have received recognition such as the John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriting and the Berklee College of Music Performing Songwriter Award.

In 2012, Sarah fell in the kind of love you write songs about, and the next year followed her heart and army pilot to Savannah, where they married in 2015. Their first child is expected to come out singing in September. This will be Sarah’s last performance until after the birth.

Sarah PooleSarah Poole is a Savannah local. She currently has two EPs of original music available on iTunes, Spotify, Google play and Pandora. She gigs around the Savannah area every weekend and has recently put together an alternative rock band called “Ember City.” She is busy writing new material for a full-length album with her band.

Abe PartridgeAt 18, Abe Partridge decided to pursue a theological education. On the way, he became a landscaper in South Alabama, a roofer in East Tennessee, and a day laborer in northwest Georgia until finally accepting a pastorate in Appalachia Kentucky at the young age of 25. After 2 years he left the pastorate and returned to Mobile with his wife, kids, and everything he owned in a U-Haul truck. He joined the Air Force and spent the better part of 2013 – 2014 deployed in the Middle East in support of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, and Operation: Enduring Freedom.
In October last, Abe entered the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout. That changed everything, and a dream was born to make an album.
In December 2015, he recorded his first album, “White Trash Lipstick.” He also fronts an original rock n roll band, Abe Partridge & the Psychedelic Peacocks. The band has been described as “holy ghost tent revival meets carnival sideshow.”

The Savannah Songwriters Series, now in its sixth year, presents monthly showcases of four songwriters in-the-round swapping songs and the stories behind them.

If are Interested in playing a showcase or want to recommend someone, contact SSS at savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com

 

 

Mary Davis and Sara Bacon make their SSS debut Sun., Jan. 3

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Jan. 3, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404

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

Mary Davis and Sara Bacon make their Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Jan. 3, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.  Jason Salzer and Thomas Oliver will join them in this monthly showcase of local songwriters.

Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Mary Davis may be new to the Savannah Songwriters Series, but she is certainly no stranger to professional music or to the local stage.  A lifelong musician, Mary’s been singing great songs written by other artists for years. While she always wanted to write her own music, she set that desire aside, putting her energy instead into her family.

While a wife and a mother of school-age children, Mary re-entered professional music in 2003 and has managed a fairly busy schedule, fronting three different bands since then, including Mary Davis & Company.

With her children now grown, she’s regained time to begin crafting her own songs. She now divides her time between writiing and her current band, Tell Scarlet.  And she looks forward to recording in 2016.

Sara Bacon

Sara Bacon

Sara Bacon is a Tybee Island native who began playing guitar around the age of fifteen. It was on Wilmington Island six years later at the infamous Wiley Workman’s Thursday night jam where she met the musicians who make up the core of her new Savannah based jam band The Flying Bacon Cheeseburgers.

Jason Salzer has spent over a decade based out of Nashville, touring America as a singer/songwriter.  In addition to having songs recorded by other artists, Salzer has independently released his own acclaimed albums.

Jason Salzer

Jason Salzer

“My favorite part of the music business is still the time spent on stage,” Salzer says”

Relocating to Savannah in 2014, Jason Salzer has refocused his Americana sound and story-telling style. “Savannah has taught me to take my time. This town is laid back and beautiful and I feel like here we have it all.”

Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver “knows how to hook you with a punchy line,” according to the Savannah Morning News.  Connect Savannah said his songwriting “displays a fine — one might say journalistic — eye for detail and poetic flow.”

Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver

And Red Line Roots wrote, “…in a world of people trying to make country music and falling short, [Thomas Oliver] soars high above the competition.”

He followed 2013’s “The Edge of America” CD, with this year’s EP, “When You Kissed Me.”

Thomas is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, now in its fifth year of showcasing local songwriters, with the occasional touring artists appearance.

All showcases are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.

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.

 

 

 

Three of Savannah’s top female songwriters showcase talents at SSS March 1

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


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

Free admission, though reservations are advised.
Free parking.  
All ages.  Non-smoking.

The Savannah Songwriter’s Series will present a unusual showcase Sun., March 1, when Britt Scott, Anna Chandler and Cyrstina Parker join host songwriter Thomas Oliver.

Those familiar with the Savannah music scene will recognize those three names as being associated with several bands – American Hologram, COEDs and, of course, the Lovely Locks.

Fiercely independent as songwriters and musicians, the three ladies have performed individually at SSS showcases, but never together. They will bring their original tunes to Johnny Harris Restaurant for an writers-in-the-round showcase.

 

Crystina Parker

Crystina Parker

Since she found a guitar at age three and beat it to shreds, Crystina Parker has been commanding audiences from coast to coast with her viscerally emotive brand of folk music.

After relocating to Savannah from Los Angeles in 2010, this storytelling raconteur quickly established herself as one of the most passionate, hardest-playing songwriters on the Savannah scene.

Britt Scott was the staple performer at The House of Mata Hari (Savannah’s only speakeasy). She is also a member of  American Hologram (with Eric Britt and Craig Tanner) and has provided on special occasions the vocals for the popular instrumental group, Velvet Caravan.

Britt Scott

Britt Scott

Anna Chandler, from Greenville, SC,  came to Savannah, as so many have, to attend SCAD. While attending school on a creative writing scholarship, Chandler fell in love with Savannah. In 2009, Chandler and Devin Smith formed General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers.

Anna Chandler

Anna Chandler

She is now a vocalist, guitarist and accordionist with COEDS and Lovely Locks.  She also covers the Savannah music scene for Connect.

A lifelong lover of all-American rock ‘n’ roll, folk songs and hymns, and lush harmonies, Chandler’s lyrics are flushed with realism, urgency, a little paranoia and a healthy dose of Southern sweat.

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 later this Spring.

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Jefferson Ross returns to Savannah Songwriters stage Sun., Oct. 26

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Oct. 26, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 


1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

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

The founder of the Savannah Songwriters Series returns to play a showcase Sun., Oct. 28, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.

Jefferson Ross will be joined by Jason Salzer, Tom Cooler and John Russell.

Jefferson Ross

Jefferson Ross

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.

He lived in Savannah from 2010 until last year when he moved to Atlanta.  While in Savannah, he, his wife, Tami, and local musician Stan Ray founded the Savannah Songwriters Series.

As a solo artist, Jefferson has released three CDs —  “Azalea,” “Hymns to the Here and Now” and last year’s “Isle of Hope.”  Each has eclipsed the previous one in fans response and critics praise.

 John Russell is a 21-year-old songwriter from Detroit.  A  preacher’s son, John grew up in a musical family and started writing songs at 15.  He moved to Savannah about a year ago with his wife Melody.  He’s just beginning to make his mark musically.

A professional photographer, John brings a soulful sound belying his age.

Jason Salzer, who relocated to Savannah last year after a 15-year career in Nashville, returns to the SSS stage with some of his poignant songs.

Jason Salzer

Jason Salzer

While based out of Music City, Salzer toured the country, sharing the stage with renowned artists including Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Steve Earle.  In addition to releasing several albums of his own, Salzer has had his songs cut by country, Americana, and Christian artists alike.  He has worked with some of Nashville’s top writers and producers.

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.

Last year, he released a new live CD, “This is What You Get.”  Tom was chosen to play Tybee’s Third Thursday series earlier this year.

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.