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

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

Jefferson Ross will be joined Jim Crozier from Crawfordville, Fla., D.W. Besley from St. Augustine, Fla., and Tybee songwriter Thomas Oliver.

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.

Jim Crozier

Jim Crozier

Jim Crozier got his first guitar a year before the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show and picked up the bass soon after. After earning a degree in Music Composition from the FSU School of Music, he continued to live and work in the Tallahassee area, playing bass with everyone. While engaged as the musical director at a summer theater, he wrote some music for an off-Broadway musical, “Touch” – the original cast album was nominated for a Grammy.

Jim calls his style of much “edgy blues and twisted Americana.” In 2007, he released his album “Down to the Village” available at CDBaby.com. Jim is presently beginning work on another CD of his own Blues and Americana that he expects to release early in 2014.

Jim is making his SSS debut.

 David Watt Besley is becoming a regular on the SSS stage.  The Virginian currently resides in Saint Augustine, where he is mainstay in the local music scene, playing with the Northstar band he formed with his brother, Ed, and with the Big Lonesome he formed two years ago.  He also plays solo as “Dave.”

David has been playing music since the 1970s when he was part of the band Saucer that was one of the first U.S. bands looked at by Virgin Records. Even though he loves to get together with NorthStar and The Big Lonesome he finds his solo career the most enjoyable.

Last year, Thomas Oliver released his first CD in seven years.  “The Edge of America.” Connect’s Bill DeYoung said he 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 savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com

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