John Russell returns to SSS June 7 after successful debut at SXSW

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., June 7, at 6 – 7:30 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 

1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

Free admission. Free parking.  
All ages.  Non-smoking.

Making his first appearance on the Savannah Songwriters stage since his attention-getting performance at SXSW, John Russell returns for his second songwriting showcase.

Nashville-based Anitra Jay, making her debut at the songwriter’s series, will join him and SSS veterans Andrew Gill and Roy Swindelle.

John Russell

John Russell

John Russell has lived in Savannah for a little over a year. His immersion into the Coastal Empire culture has seen his music grow more soulful, with elements of jazz, funk, blues and folk and in a pop package.

“I prefer intricate guitar composition with simple pop melodies,” John says.

He was chosen by John Legend to be mentored by him and to open for him at Austin’s prestigious South by Southwest music and arts festival in March.

Since then, John has been considering various offers from labels with record deals. But he hopes to stay in Savannah.

“The city has stolen my heart,” he says.

Anitra Jay

Anitra Jay

Anitra Jay is a R&B/soul singer-songwriter. As a native of New Orleans, Anitra showcases roots in jazz, soul, and gospel.  With a musical style often compared to India Arie, Anitra offers a sweet down-to-earth blend of soul and poetry with modern sensibilities.  Her personality and expert improvisational skills set her performances square between the raw edge of improv comedy and sultry soaked soul.

She is currently working on her fourth album, a whimsical take on life called “Work in Progress.”

Andrew Gill was the lead vocalist for the popular local band Wormsloew.  He can be heard most weekends around Savannah solo, or playing duo or fronting the Andrew Gill Band (AGB).

He possesses as strong a voice as to grace the Savannah Songwriters Series. His lyrics are as compelling as his voice.

Roy Swindelle is one of the Coastal Empire’s best-known musicians. Roy is a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, bass, guitar, steel drums and harmonica.  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 has been voted the Breeze’s Best Band two years running.

Recently, his song, “Living on Tybee Time” was named by the Tybee Mayor and City Council 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.




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