Two local songwriters make their SSS debut

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., June 8;   6 — 7:30 pm
Tybee’s American Legion10 Veterans Dr.  
Tybee Island, GA 31328
Free admission.  Free parking.  All ages

Two local songwriters make their SSS debut Sunday, joining  two veterans of the series.

Monty Parks and Ben Wells will be joined by Tom Cooler and Roy Swindelle for another writers-in-the-round showcase of original music at the American Legion on Tybee Island.

Monty Parks started writing and performing material in 1972 when he  performed in Detroit coffeehouses and clubs.  Over the next 35 years, as his career in manufacturing management took him from state to state, he wrote about life from those different regional perspectives.

Monty Parks

Monty Parks

Now, as a resident of Tybee, he feels blessed with the time to focus more on his music as he plays more and more for the island’s audiences.  He prefers playing in outside venues and entertaining the tourists.  Monty was elected to the Tybee City Council last year.

Ben Wells began playing in bands around town when he was 17 years old. Since that time, he has tried to play with as many people as he can and as often as he can. Most recently he has played with Band in the Park, Mary Davis and Company, Jan Spillane, and Lauren LaPointe. He has played guitar on two of Jan Spillane’s CD’s and on the last track of Pete Love’s CD, “Chester and the Elements.”

Ben Wells

Ben Wells

Ben has started writing his own music just within the last couple of years. He began writing while working on Jan Spillane’s most recent CD. He co-wrote and recorded a song with her and John Banks.

Since then, he has written several songs on his own and has recorded them at home. He enjoys trying out his new material at the Coffee. Deli acoustic jams on Wednesday nights.

Ben is a math teacher with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. He is married to Stacey and they have a young son named Charles. They reside in Coffee Bluff.

 Tom Cooler is a veteran of the SSS circuit. He released his first CD in 2012, “Nebraska Boy,” which included the popular “Tuscaloosa” about the devastating tornado in that hit that town in 2011.

Last year, he released a new live CD, “This is What You Get.”  Tom was chosen to play Tybee’s Third Thursday series earlier this year.

Roy Swindelle is one of the Coastal Empire’s best-known musicians. Roy is amulti-instrumentalist, playing drums, bass, guitar, steel drums and harmonica. He plays solo, often as Roy and the Circuit Breakers, as well as with the Christy Alan Band.
His new CD, “401-k Plan” is just out.
Roy is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, which showcases original music . All are free to the public and start at 6 p.m.


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