Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Oct. 4, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking.
All ages. Non-smoking
Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Claude Diamond makes his Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Oct. 4, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.
Joining him for the writers-in-the-round showcase will be audience favorite Jefferson Ross from Atlanta. Rounding out the foursome will be two of Savannah’s most popular songwriters, Jason Bible and Sarah Tollerson.
Claude Diamond of Atlanta started his musical education in the honky-tonks of 1950s south Mississippi. When he graduated from college in 1960, he was married with two children, and back in those days you couldn’t be a honky-tonking school teacher, so he put his music career on hold and focused on his family.
Forty years later, at the age of sixty-five, he released his first album of original songs, which immediately drew the praise of reviewers and listeners. By the time he released his second CD, “Highway of Life,” his music had gained such attention that Rounder Records’ European label released both albums on a single CD and sent him on the first of two tours to France, Scotland, England and the Netherlands.
Claude’s songs are included on five different compilation albums with other artists such as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley.
His story telling and voice has been compared John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver and Guy Clark.
Southern folk artist, Jefferson Ross, is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. Now living in Atlanta, Jefferson travels throughout the U.S. and Europe performing his original music and sharing his art.
He’s just returned from playing in Germany.
Jefferson’s music is “flannel-warm in the chilled autumn” as noted music critic Peter Cooper wrote of his latest CD, “Dogwood Cats.”
Jefferson lived from years in Nashville playing for a number recording artists including, Terri Clark, and sharing the stage with Country Music greats such as George Strait, Toby Keith, Reba and Vince Gill. He worked as a staff writer for a number of publishers on Music Row including Curb Music.
In 2010, he moved his young family to Savannah, where he helped create the Savannah Songwriters Series, Three years later, he and his fmaily moved to Atlanta. He maintains a home and office in Nashville as well.
Jason Bible was in born in Ft. Worth, Texas and has been a songwriter for 25 years. As a solo artist, he has released seven collections of songs since he began recording professionally in 1994. Jason’s influences are myriad and include Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
Jason plays piano, lap steel, bass, organ, acoustic and electric guitars.
He founded the Trainwrecks in 2005.
He has just released a new self-tilted solo CD.
Singer-songwriter Sarah Tollerson was raised in Winder and started singing at an early age with her musically inclined family.
After a year in the classical music program at the University of Georgia, Sarah left the South to study songwriting and voice at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Shortly after graduation, she relocated to Nashville to continue her career as a singer-songwriter and session vocalist.
Her songs have received awards such as the John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriting, the Berklee College of Music Performing Songwriter Award, and several fan choice awards on OurStage.com and Upromise.com.
In November 2012, Sarah released her second full-length album, “Wherever We Go.”
Sarah was happy to once again become a Georgia peach in 2013, when she became a resident of Savannah.
The Savannah Songwriters Series is a monthly showcase for original music, fostering an appreciation for Savannah’s songwriting community. Hosted at Johnny Harris Restaurant the first Sunday of each month, all shows are free and begin promptly at 6 pm.
If you are interested in playing, please email your information to email@example.com or visit our website at savannahsongwriters.com