Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., July 28, at 6 p.m.
Johnny Harris restaurant, 1651 East Victory Dr. 31404
Free admission. Free parking. All ages. Non-smoking
The Savannah Songwriters Series is pleased to announce the next showcase will feature two of the hottest young songwriters of the Savannah music scene, Crystina Parker and Aaron Zimmer.
They will be joined by a veteran of the series and St. Augustine resident, David Watt Besley, and Tybee Island balladeer Thomas Oliver.
Since she found a guitar at age three and beat it to shreds, Crystina Parker has been commanding audiences from coast to coast with her viscerally emotive brand of folk music. After relocating to Savannah from Los Angeles in 2010, this storytelling raconteur has quickly established herself as one of the most passionate, hardest-playing songwriters on the Savannah scene.
Mere days after arriving here, Crystina dove into the open mic scene, and soon her hard-playing-yet-folk-minded guitar style was a downtown highlight. Crystina demonstrated her flexibility as a musician when she joined indie-folk band General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers on bass in 2011. She is now one of the Lovely Locks, a female trio drawing attention.
As a solo artist, accompanied by acoustic guitar and her own stomping boots, Crystina drapes fractured Alaska-born and Southern-steeped childhood memories in acutely evocative imagery.
Aaron Zimmer is the guitar playing, harmonica blowing co-writing singer in the sizzling hot Savannah indie bluegrass band, City Hotel. Formed two years ago, this year’s the readers of Connect voted City Hotel the Best Acoustic Band.
Grandson of renowned American poet, Paul Zimmer, Aaron has been playing and writing music since he was 14. Aaron is a native of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, hailing from northwestern Georgia. He was raised on an eclectic mix of folk music, old time, and rock and roll.
While in school at the University of Georgia, he played with local Athens band, Royal Blue and the Stone Grifters, and released one album with the group entitled “From Brittain Avenue.”
Work brought the songwriter to Savannah in 2010. Aaron now teaches English at a private school and lives with his wife on Wilmington Island.
Shortly after locating to Savannah, Aaron helped form the Southern League band and began playing regularly in the Savannah area.
Since then, the group has changed its name to City Hotel and added a fiddle player or two. The group has released one self-titled EP and has begun work on a full-length album. His songwriting focuses largely on experiences pulled from his own life and his witty lyricism brings out a fresh new perspective on timeless themes that anyone can relate to.
David Watt Besley makes another return to SSS. The Virginian currently resides in Saint Augustine, where he is mainstay in the local music scene, playing with the Northstar band he formed with his brother, Ed, and with the Big Lonesome he formed two years ago. He also plays solo as “Dave.”
David has been playing music since the 1970s when he was part of the band Saucer that was one of the first U.S. bands looked at by Virgin Records. Even though he loves to get together with NorthStar and The Big Lonesome he finds his solo career the most enjoyable.
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.
He is releasing a new CD, “The Edge of America,” next month.
Thomas is an organizing member of Savannah Songwriters Series.