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

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Oct. 26, at 6 pm
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., Oct. 28, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.

Jefferson Ross will be joined by Jason Salzer, Tom Cooler and John Russell.

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.

 John Russell is a 21-year-old songwriter from Detroit.  A  preacher’s son, John grew up in a musical family and started writing songs at 15.  He moved to Savannah about a year ago with his wife Melody.  He’s just beginning to make his mark musically.

A professional photographer, John brings a soulful sound belying his age.

Jason Salzer, who relocated to Savannah last year after a 15-year career in Nashville, returns to the SSS stage with some of his poignant songs.

Jason Salzer

Jason Salzer

While based out of Music City, Salzer toured the country, sharing the stage with renowned artists including Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Steve Earle.  In addition to releasing several albums of his own, Salzer has had his songs cut by country, Americana, and Christian artists alike.  He has worked with some of Nashville’s top writers and producers.

Tom Cooler is a veteran of the SSS circuit. When he isn’t playing a SSS showcase, he’s heavily involved behind the scenes, helping set up and tear down and often running sound.

He released his first CD in 2012, “Nebraska Boy,” which included the popular “Tuscaloosa” about the devastating tornado in that hit that town in 2011.

Last year, he released a new live CD, “This is What You Get.”  Tom was chosen to play Tybee’s Third Thursday series earlier this year.

The Savannah Songwriters Series is a monthly showcase of original music, fostering an appreciation for Savannah’s songwriting community.  Hosted at Johnny Harris Restaurant the fourth Sunday of each month at 6 pm, the series will move to the First Sunday of each month beginning December 2014.

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