Dean Johanesen, Aaron Matthew, Thomas Oliver and Tom Cooler
Sun., June 9; 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Tybee Island American Legion; 10 Veterans Drive; 31328
Free admission. Free parking.
Drinks and pizza by the slice available
Sarasota, Fla., songwriter Dean Johanesen joins three local veterans of the Savannah music scene Sun., June 9, at the America Legion on Tybee for the 2nd Sunday Savannah Songwriters Series.
“Dean´s style draws from a number of influences, but appeals to fans of Country, Americana, and Gypsy Jazz,” the Sarasota Music Scene review wrote. “A consummate performer, Dean not only tells good stories through his music, but seems to live them in every note.”
Aaron Matthew draws his influences from a variety of styles including 1920’s jazz and old timey bluegrass to funk, soul, hip-hop, rock, reggae, and blues. He has had many musical projects along the way most notably his Savannah based trio funk and blues band JellyFish Destruction. His free-flowing style has an island feel of a baked-in-the-sun minstrel.
Thomas Oliver’s music is straight from the rich heritage of Southern music: a blending of country, folk and blues. Or what some call Americana.
Thomas moves easily from country love ballads to the blues, to country folk songs about Waffle House waitresses and getting older in an ever-younger society. His “Ballad of Tybee Island” is a local favorite.
Thomas is an organizing member of Savannah Songwriters Series.
Tom Cooler is a veteran of the SSS circuit. He released his first CD last year, “Nebraska Boy,” which includes the popular “Tuscaloosa” about the devastating tornado in that hit that town in 2011.
He has just released a new live CD, “This is What You Get.”
Now in its third year, Savannah Songwriters promotes original music by local musicians in twice a month songwriters-in-the-round showcase: the 2nd Sunday at the American Legion on Tybee and the 4th Sunday at Johnny Harris.
The series occasionally features touring songwriters.