Cusack and Laist make SSS debut Sun., April 13

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., April 13;   6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion10 Veterans Dr.  
Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission.  Free parking.  All ages

The Savannah Songwriters Series welcomes two songwriters making their SSS debut. William Cusack and  Shari Lee Laist will join SSS veterans Roy Swindelle and Thomas Oliver Sun., April 13, at the American Legion on Tybee.

Shari Lee Laist

Shari Lee Laist

Shari Lee Laist is vocalist and songwriter with the Back Porch Band. A soprano

in the Savannah Philharmonic, Savannah’s highly regarded symphony orchestra and chorus, Shari Lee also has a strong background in folk music and has encouraged the Back Porch Band to perform period music for the many historical museums around Savannah. Shari Lee also plays bass in a local jazz band.

William Cusack was born in Austin, Texas, the

William Cusack

William Cusack

youngest of six children. He picked up music when he was 12-years-old and has been expanding his skills, writing and composing ever since. After finishing high school, he moved to Savannah, Georgia. His first major release, the year long recoding project “A Beautiful Life” is now available.

Roy Swindelle is also a co-producer of the series. In addition, he is a well-respected musician, having recently been named Best Musician on Tybee, where he often plays solo as Roy and the Circuit Breakers, as well as with the Christy Alan Band, which was recently named Best Band by The Tybee Breeze.

His new CD, “401-k Plan” will be available.

Last fall, Thomas Oliver released his first CD in seven years.  “The Edge of America.” One reviewer said the songwriter displayed a “journalistic eye for detail and poetic flow.”  Red Line Roots said, “…in a world of people trying to make country music and falling short, [Thomas Oliver] soars high above the competition.”

Thomas is one of the co-producers of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at the American Legion Post 154 on Tybee Island and the fourth 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

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