Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Feb. 7, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking.
All ages. Non-smoking
Thomas Claxton, Aaron Zimmer, Christina Christian and Roy Swindelle
From rocker to bluegrass, Savannah Songwriters’ showcase Sun., Feb. 7 promises its usual eclectic mix of songwriters.
Don’t miss the chance to see rock star Thomas Claxton unplugged. The Rockwell UnScene Magazine’s 2014 and 2014 Best Male Vocalist will be joined by City Hotel’s Aaron Zimmer. And a favorite of the SSS audience, Christina Christian, will perform four original songs as will Roy Swindelle.
With over a decade of professional experience, Thomas Claxton performs over 300 shows per year from New York City, Los Angeles and Boston to Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah and Orlando. Singing always being his passion, he performs both solo or with his band, Thomas Claxton and The Myth, and has also worked with many well-known names in the music industry. He has also opened for notable performers such as : Funk-Rock pioneers, Mother’s Finest; Drivin’ N Cryin’, Mili Matijevic (lead vocals for Steelheart and the movie “Rock Star”; and Stephen Pearcy (lead vocals for RATT).
On his most recent and upcoming album, “Age of Propaganda,” Thomas is working with many talented artists including Mario Cipollina (original bassist for Grammy Award-winners, Huey Lewis and The News) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kid Funkadelic Michael Hampton (George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic).
Aaron Zimmer is the guitar playing, harmonica blowing co-writing singer in Savannah’s indie bluegrass band, City Hotel. Readers of Connect voted ‘Best Acoustic Band’ in 2013 and ‘Best Bluegrass Band’ and ‘Best Folk Band’ in 2015.
Grandson of renowned American poet, Paul Zimmer, Aaron has been playing and writing music since he was 14. Aaron is a native of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, hailing from northwestern Georgia. He was raised on an eclectic mix of folk music, old time and rock and roll.
While in school at the University of Georgia, he played with local Athens band, Royal Blue and the Stone Grifters, and released one album with the group entitled “From Brittain Avenue.”
Work brought the songwriter to Savannah in 2010.
Shortly after locating to Savannah, Aaron helped form the Southern League band that quickly morphed into City Hotel. and began playing regularly in the Savannah area.
His songwriting focuses largely on experiences pulled from his own life and his witty lyricism brings out a fresh new perspective on timeless themes that anyone can relate to.
Christina Christian returns to the SSS stage for her fourth appearance.
She was born and raised on the Alabama Gulf Coast in the small town of Foley, Ala. She began writing and playing guitar at the age of 16. After graduating fro high school, Christina attended Troy University for one year before deciding to pursue her music fulltime.
For the last five years, Christina has traveled the Southeast, performing her music. 2014 was a turning point. Christina began being recognized for her songwriting craft, which led to performing in the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, and the Hwy. 80 Songwriters Festival in Meridian, MS.
She also lived briefly in Nashville before moving to Perdido Key, Fla.,
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.
Last year, the Tybee Mayor and City Council named his song “Living on Tybee Time” 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.