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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.



Artist Feature – Jan Spillane

“SOULFUL sexy singer/songwriter Spillane has the soul of a hopeless romantic, the voice of a smoky jazz chanteuse and the tenacity of a hardworking blues diva.”

~ Bill DeYoung, Connect Savannah

Jan Spillane will be IN THE ROUND with Jefferson Ross, Stan Ray and Jaysond Neill this SUNDAY in the Cha Bella Courtyard. 6pm.

Artist Feature – BJ Franklin

BJ Franklin is a 27 year Marine veteran, with multiple combat tours, who decided to pursue a  softer side of life upon retirement. He picked up the guitar at age 42, formed a band within 6 months, played and sang for the Pacific military clubs system and was the leader of a country band in Japan that headlined the Japanese JayCee convention.

Self-taught and still in the learning curve, he regularly plies his trade with his partner-in-crime, Lloyd Braddy, throughout the low country empire. Being a part of multiple  groups, such as  BJ & Lloyd, Hwy South and The This and That Band keeps him busy as they are in demand at most Hospice, assisted living and nursing homes in the Chatham/Effingham area entertaining the shut-in and debilitated. They maintain a rigorous schedule often playing for charity events and church groups.

Starting his writing career with songs about his wife, he has penned numerous country, gospel and soft rock music.  His wife says he writes gospel music cause he needs to be saved! He works for one of the world’s most influential  luthiers, Randy Wood, providing retail and production assistance, MC’s all the national level shows at the Pickin’ Parlor in Bloomingdale, and volunteers his time both at Hunter AAF and with the Savannah/Chatham Advocacy Program. He is the Commandant-elect of the West Chatham Detachment 1326 of the Marine Corps League and plays music with the group at Doc’s Bar in Tybee on Tuesday night.

BJ will join Stan, Roy and Sam IN THE ROUND this Sunday at Doc’s on Tybee.  6PM

Savannah Songwriters Artist Feature – Leo Dean

By 1965 Leo Dean had his own band and it was off to the races !

The late sixties found Leo playing in the coffee houses singing the folk and protest songs of that era that convinced him that music was in his soul and also that the young hippie girls loved it, well that didn’t hurt either.

By the early 70’s Leo was sharing the stage with the then unknown Johnny Paycheck and Tex-Mex
star, Freddy Fender. It was also a transition from the acoustic Guitar to electric, all the while sitting in
with various bands as a drummer.

By the early eighties it was time to be a weekend warrior musician, continue an education and raise a

By the early nineties the bug had bitten again and contemporary country music was a draw, so he
played in a number of high powered country bands until he bought another acoustic Guitar and
re-discovered Jimmy Buffett and the ParrotHead movement.

So after a short stint as a duo in the JamesDean Band, playing southeast Georgia,Leo was once again
a solo acoustic act…and thats when he played a gig in a seaside bar on St. Simons Island Georgia and
met the founding members of a newly formed ParrotHead called who called themselves
“The Southern-EZE ParrotHead club of St. Simons Island Georgia”.

To make up for the lack of a band Leo adopted the latest computer technology and was a full blown
“sequenced” act. In addition to, at the time, over 500 songs. Leo’s set list also included around 50
Buffett tunes and another ParrotHead was born.

Now, some 2 thousand gigs later and a seasoned pro, Leo’s sequenced set list is over a thousand
songs and includes some 125 Buffett tunes and growing. He has played ParrotHead clubs up and down the East coast of the US and as far west as East Texas.

As of September 2004, Leo is finishing his third CD titled ” I got it made”, a collection of original
music ranging from smooth ballads about the baby boomer generation, lots of tunes about the
Islands and the tropical life to Nashville wannabe tropical hillbilly stars.

Leo Dean will join Jefferson Ross, Stan Ray and Bob Fulton at the Savannah Songwriters Series at Tybee this Sunday at Doc’s 6pm.

New Show Announced – Doc’s Bar on Tybee Island – March 13th

The Savannah Songwriters Series is pleased to announce our new Island Show! On Sunday March 13th, starting at 6pm, we’ll be serving up original songs and stories at Doc’s Bar on Tybee Island.

Doc’s Bar has been the place to people watch and meet locals since 1948.  Offering up great music, good food and lots of activity!  There is always something happening at Doc’s and remember: what happens at Doc’s does not get past Lazzeretto Creek!!

In the round for our first island show is Jefferson Ross, Stan Ray (ps it will be Stan’s bday that night) and Roy Swindelle

Savannah Songwriters Series January 30th 6pm

In the round this week…

Your hosts Jefferson Ross and Stan Ray featuring local songwriters…

Jere’s Myers of Jere’s Antiques on Jefferson Street is a well known harmonica player in the Savannah music scene and we are excited to hear some of his original songs.

April Kelly, local Americana artist is expecting her second child and we’re excited to have her in the round this Sunday.  Check out one of her original songs here…

Southern Songwriters Meet South American Wines

It was my pleasure at December’s Savannah Songwriters Series to showcase two grapes originally synonymous with Bordeaux in France that have more recently become the signature grapes of Chile and Argentina in South America.

Savannah Songwriters Series featuring wine tastings

Wine and Song December 12th 2010


When a parasite called Pylloxera wiped out vineyards in Europe in the 18th century, Carmenere, which had once been a signature grape in the wines of Bordeaux, France, was really never resurrected as a focal grape in this historic region. However in 1993, many of the vines in Chile that were thought to be Merlot were tested and discovered to be none other than Carmenere, this lost grape of Bordeaux.

While Carmenere never seemed to acclimate to the shorter growing season of Europe, it found favor in the longer season and warmer climate of Chile, and has now become in many ways the signature red grape of Chile.


Like Carmenere, Malbec was and still is an integral part of the blend of wines in Bordeaux; however, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon still reign as the dominate part of these noble French wines. But just like Carmenere, Malbec flourishes in the longer, warmer growing season of South America and in turn has become the dominate red grape varietal in Argentina, no blending needed!

Our two selections this month were Cono Sur Carmenere and Los Cardos Malbec.

Both wines display the complexity of the Old World mixed the ripeness of fruit found in the New World, the best of both Worlds! And both retail for under $10, the best of all worlds!


Stan Ray-Viniferous Facilitator

Stan is available before and after the Songwriters In The Round to share his wealth of wine knowledge with you.