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Lauren Lapointe returns to Savannah Songwriters at Johnny Harris Feb. 24

cdcoverbutterfly_1288752939Fresh off recording a new CD in Nashville, Lauren Lapointe returns to Savannah Songwriters’ Series Sun., Feb. 24, at Johnny Harris.

Taylor Martin, Robert Benton and Thomas Oliver will join her for the writers in-the-round showcase that is free to the public and begins at 6.

A favorite of local fans, Lauren is a Savannah-based singer/songwriter who has been gaining recognition across the country for her soulful songs, unique voice and strong live performances.

Her CD “Butterfly,” has been played on more than 100 radio stations in eight countries and reached #8 on the Georgia Roots Artist Radio Airplay Chart.  While her new CD hasn’t been released, she will be playing songs from it.

A couple of those songs were co-written by Taylor Martin, who makes his SSS debut.

A transplant to Savannah, Taylor likes to keep it simple.  “You can have all the fanciest guitars, riffs, and artists you want, but if you don’t have a good song, you don’t have a good song.”

He claims Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and John Hartford as major influences.

Robert Benton, a native of Savannah, also is making a return engagement with SSS. Those who have heard Robert always remember his strong vocals and mesmerizing performance.  He is currently working with a drummer, bass player and developing originals, as they play gigs as the Benton Hill band.

Thomas Oliver moved to Tybee four years ago from Atlanta, where received several songwriting honors from the Georgia Music Industry Association.

Since then he has played most of the music venues on Tybee and many around Savannah.

Thomas is an organizing member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris restaurant in Savannah.

Local songwriters wishing to perform can send a query along with a link to their music to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com.

 

Savannah Songwriters’ Series

Johnny Harris Restaurant

1651 E. Victory Drive

Sun., Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.

Free admission. Free parking

Songwriters: Lauren Lapointe, Taylor Martin, Robert Benton and Thomas Oliver

 

Standing room only hears four fabulous songwriters at Doc’s Bar on Tybee

John Brown, Andrew Gill, Mark Molloy and Roy Swindelle slayed a packed house at Doc’s Bar on Tybee at the 2nd Sunday Savannah Songwriters’ Series Feb. 10

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Brown of the band Outrider,  Gill from WormsloeMolloy of Gypsy Slim and Doc’s own Swindelle, voted best musician on Tybee year in and year out, delighted an attentive crowd.

Four unique songwriters bring their original songs to Doc’s Bar Sun. Feb. 10

Four songwriters with four unique styles will be playing at Doc’s Bar, Sun., Feb. 10, starting at 6 p.m.

John Brown of the band Outrider, Andrew Gill from Wormsloe, Mark Molloy of Gypsy Slim and Doc’s own Roy  Swindelle, voted best musician on Tybee year in and year out, will each perform four original songs.

The show starts at 6:00 and as always it is FREE. Great food at Doc’s Bar so come for an early meal or stay for supper.

This showcase is a non-smoking event.

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Nashville Singer/Songwriter Joins Savannah Songwriters’ Series Sunday at Johnny Harris’

Savannah Songwriters’ Series
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 E. Victory Drive
Sun., Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.
Free admission. Free parking
Songwriters: Steff Mahan, Todd Murray, Roy Swindelle and Thomas Oliver
Steff Mahan
Popular Nashville singer/songwriter Steff Mahan will be joining three local tunesmiths at the Sun., Oct. 28, Savannah Songwriters’ Series.
Steff performs about 200 hundred dates a year and has graced the stages of such notable venues as Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe, NYC’s The Bitter End, Charlotte’s The Evening Muse, and Birmingham’s Workplay Theater.
Her self-titled debut album and her second release, 42.50, both garnered national attention, creating a coast-to-coast fan base from LA to New York. Billboard’s Mike Gionet called Steff’s mix of rock, roots, folk and country “an entertaining can’t-miss performance.”
iTunes may have said it best with its review of her latest album, “Never a Long Way Home,” as “a song collection displaying both craft and heart, sung by an artist who wins extra points for her honesty.”
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Todd Murray
Joining Steff at Johnny Harris restaurant Sunday will be Todd Murray, who records and often performs under the name Sincerely, Iris.
Connect Savannah said Todd was “one of the most interesting of Savannah’s newest crop of acoustic artists” in favorably reviewing his CD, The Great Unknown.
This is Todd’s second SSS appearance; his first at Johnny Harris.
      
Roy Swindelle is annually voted best musician on Tybee Island, where he plays as Roy & the Circuit Breakers at Doc’s Bar.  Swindelle is a multi-instrumentalist, at ease on guitar, a set of drums, blowing a harp or slipping on a metal slide to play the blues.  He is a member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series.
Thomas Oliver moved to Tybee three years ago from Atlanta, where he primarily played original music with his group, The Usual Suspects.  He received several songwriting honors from the Georgia Music Industry Association.
Thomas is an organizing member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the fourth Sunday at Johnny Harris restaurant in Savannah.
Local songwriters wishing to perform can send a query along with a link to their music to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com.
Contact:
Thomas Oliver 404-660-4320
or
Roy Swindelle 912-657-1035

Lauren Lapointe and Stewart Marshall at Savannah Songwriters Series – Sunday September 23rd

Lauren Lapointe and Stewart Marshall will showcase their songwriting skills at Savannah Songwriters Series

Savannah Songwriters Series

Sun., Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.

Johnny Harris restaurant

1651 E. Victory Drive

Free admission.  Free parking

Songwriters: Lauren Lapointe, Stewart Marshall, Tom Cooler and Jefferson Ross

Savannah’s loveliest singer/songwriter Lauren Lapointe and Stewart Marshall of Junkyard Angels will hook up Sunday with the Savannah Songwriters Series for another installment of the popular in-the-round showcases.

Canadian-born Lapointe has established her roots in Savannah while gaining recognition across the country for her soulful songs, unique voice and strong live performances.

Her songs include themes such as self-empowerment, following your dreams, as well as story songs inspired by living in the South and growing up in Canada.

Marshall is best known as the “Stewart” from the successful, long running regional touring act, Stewart and Winfield.  He also was a founding member of the country tonk band Junkyard Angels. He lives in Savannah with his family and tours with Junkyard Angel, Stewart and Winfield, and his family bands: The Marshall Brothers, The Marshall Family, The Marshalls and Rock.N.Chair.

Tom Cooler is a veteran of the SSS circuit.  He released   his first CD this year, “Nebraska Boy,” which includes the popular “Tuscaloosa” about the devastating tornado in that hit that town in 2011.

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.

Now living in Savannah, Jefferson has set his sights on putting Savannah and Tybee on the map as hot spots for original acoustic music.

He is a founding member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series, which showcases original music twice a month – the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee 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

Savannah’s Harry O’Donoghue Returns to Songwriters Series

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Aug. 26, at 6 p.m.
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 Victory Drive
Admission is free, as is ample parking.

Songwriters in the round:  Harry O’Donoghue, Brad Wells, Stan Ray and Roy Swindelle.

With over 30 years in the music business, Harry O’Donoghue has become a master folksinger, storyteller and songwriter.  One of Savannah’s most successful musicians, Harry returns to the Savannah Songwriters’ Series after a very successful tour of Ireland.

His comfortable easygoing manner has become a trademark. On stage with acoustic guitar, bodhran and his gentle voice,
Harry has performed, by invitation, with the Savannah Symphony and has shared the bill with such international recording artists as Mary Black, the Furey Brothers, Tommy Makem, Danny Doyle and others.

Harry sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Irish Studies at Georgia Southern University and was voted Best Acoustic/Folk Artist by the readers of Connect Savannah every year since 2001 until the category was eliminated.

Harry performs regularly at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub when he isn’t touring.

Brad Wells makes his Savannah Songwriters’ Series debut. Originally from St. Louis, Brad is now based out Hilton Head.  In 2010, Brad released his debut album “Stories Of My Life” and it has received some radio play and industry attention.  Brad has been playing guitar and writing since the age of 14. The now 33-year-old musician has also spent the last 13 years as a radio
personality in various states, currently program director/afternoon DJ for Y107.9

Brad Wells has opened for Corey Smith and played shows from Houston to New Orleans, Fort Worth, Mobile to Arkansas and Indiana.

Roy Swindelle is annually voted best musician on Tybee Island, where he plays as Roy & the Circuit Breakers at Doc’s Bar.  Swindelle is a multi-instrumentalist, at ease on guitar, a set of drums, blowing a harp or slipping on a metal slide to play the blues.  He is a member of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series.

Stan Ray is a co-founder of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series.  He plays solo on Tybee and in Savannah when he isn’t banging the drums with the Accomplices.

Now finishing up its third year, the Savannah Songwriters’ Series promotes original music through its twice-monthly showcases: the second Sunday at Doc’s Bar on Tybee and the fourth at Johnny Harris restaurant in Savannah.

Local songwriters wishing to perform can send a query along with a link to their music to savannahsongwriterseries@gmail.com.

Front Men For Trainwrecks and The Accomplices Headline Savannah Songwriters’ Series

***Updated Thursday July 17th***

Savannah Songwriters’ Series
Sun., July 22 6 p.m.
Johnny Harris Restaurant
1651 E. Victory, Savannah
Free admission.  Free parking.

Songwriters: Jason Bible, Matt Eckstine, Leo Dean and Roy Swindelle.

The front man and songwriter for one of Savannah’s most established
bands and the lead singer and songwriter for one of the hottest new
bands headline the Savannah Songwriters’ Series Sun., July 22 at
Johnny Harris restaurant.

Jason Bible

Jason Bible of the Trainwrecks and Matt Eckstine of The Accomplices
will be joined in-the-round by Tybee’s most noted musician, Roy
Swindelle, and a seasoned pro from Nashville, Steve Haggard.

As a solo artist Jason has released seven collections of songs.  The influence of Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash permeate his sound.  He formed the Trainwrecks in 2005.  The band has been voted best Country/Americana/Rock band by Connect Savannah for four years running.

Matt Eckstine

The Accomplices burst on the scene last year with the release of
Canned Beans, an all-original CD. The string band plays a combination
of groove-based blues-grass with overtones of jazz and bohemian
country. Matt Eckstine plays guitar, is the lead vocalist and writes
some of the Accomplices more lyrical tunes.

Leo Dean lives and plays out of Brunswick.

Leo Dean

A life-long musician, Dean promotes himself as a  “trop-rock musician with focus on resorts, corporate and wedding functions.”

He’s been called the Human Jukebox.

He is also a master Parrothead, knowing and playing as many Jimmy Buffett songs as the man from Margaritaville himself.

Dean has played ParrotHead clubs up and down the East coast of the US and as far west as Texas.

But he is also a master songwriter and storyteller with three CDs out.  He is an engaging performer and fan favorite at his previous Savannah Songwriters’ showcases.

Roy Swindelle is annually voted best musician on Tybee Island, where he plays as Roy & the Circuit Breakers at Doc’s Bar.  Swindelle is a multi-instrumentalist, at ease on guitar, a set of drums, blowing a harp or slipping on a metal slide to play the blues.  He is a member
of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series.

Roy Swindelle

In its third year, the Savannah Songwriters’ Series supports local,
original music through its twice-monthly showcases that are free to
the public.

The second Sunday of the month showcase is at Doc’s Bar
on Tybee.

The fourth Sunday showcase is at Johnny Harris.