Chris Desa and Waycross’ Laurie Rider take SSS stage Dec. 22

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Dec. 22, at 6pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking. All ages. Non-smoking

Two accomplished songwriters make their SSS debut Sun., Dec. 22, at Johnny Harris.  Chris Desa and Laurie Rider will be joined by SSS favorites Joan Maute  and Thomas Oliver

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 also enjoys promoting songwriters who are not well known by playing his versions of their tunes.

Chris Desa

Chris Desa

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

A seasoned maritime professional for over 40 years, he operates an independent maritime consulting company based in Savannah.

To hear Laurie Rider is to hear the raw, yet thoughtful bearings of a Southerner’s heart. On her debut release, the Arrows EP, the Waycross native wears her diverse set of influences proudly. Country, Soul, Folk, Rock, Pop.


Laurie Rider

Laurie Rider


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

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.

Thomas Oliver has just completed a 16-show tour through north Georgia and Florida in support of his first CD in seven years, “The Edge of America.” Thomas is one of the co-producers of the Savannah Songwriters Series.

Savannah Songwriters Series is entering its fourth year of staging showcases for original music.  All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m. the 2nd Sunday at the Tybee Island American Legion and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.



One thought on “Chris Desa and Waycross’ Laurie Rider take SSS stage Dec. 22

  1. Tara Stuart

    Hi, Chris, so good to know you are still performing. Love that photo of you with your unique guitar. I have thought of you often, especially whenever I hear or sing This Land is Your Land. I’m out here in California since last year.

    Sad to say, our dear friend Alice Williams down in Kingsland has come upon hard times. She lost her counseling job and will lose her car as well. She had a massive heart attack from all the pressure. She is recovering. She can be reached at if you want to contact her. You probably have her phone. Best wishes. Wish I could travel to hear you at Johnny Harris. “Break a leg!”

    Your friend and fan, Tara


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