By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah
Savannah vocalist, songwriter, and band leader Danielle Hicks honors the music of legendary English jazz group Sade this weekend. With hits like “Smooth Operator,” “By Your Side,” “The Sweetest Taboo,” and “No Ordinary Love,” the music of vocalist Sade Adu is timeless, and Hicks will bring her own unique flavor to the familiar favorites.
Hicks is joined by her band, The Resistance, for this one-of-a-kind performance.
Friday, December 8, 8 p.m., $15, all-ages
Singer-songwriter returns to Savannah with new album
By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah
THE VOICE of Appalachia will resonate through Tybee Post Theater this weekend.
Singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe brings his timeless, Southern-steeped sound back to Savannah. The North Carolinian has spent his career capturing the character and cracks of his Blue Ridge Mountain home, spinning stories of callused hands, struggles, and seasoned experience with a warmly ragged voice and authentic, spellbinding poeticism.
Born in Asheville and raised in Weaverville, North Carolina, Holcombe played as a member of several regional bands as a young man, shifting into a solo career later on. Later, he teamed up to perform in a trio with Ray Sisk and released an album, Trademark, in Sam Milner.
The 1990s found Holcombe in Nashville; in 1996, after performing at countless open mic nights, he signed with Geffen Records. He released his debut record, A Hundred Lies, in 1999 through Hip-O Records.
Over the years, he has released 13 total solo albums, composed for Jonah Smith and Jonathan Edwards, and contributed to several compilations. Throughout his career, Holcombe has shared the stage with performers like Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Cat Power, Richard Thompson, Wilco, Shelby Lynne, and more.
Currently, Holcombe is touring in support of his latest album, Pretty Little Troubles, released on April 7, 2017 through Gypsy Eyes Music.
Holcombe entrusted Darrell Scott, a friend of around 27 years, to produce the record. A prolific singer-songwriter and member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, Scott offered a keen eye and trusted intuition for the project.
“I just wanted some camaraderie with brains,” Holcombe says of the collaboration. “We’d just pick each other’s brains, hang out, sit and play some music, and have a good time. We’re friends. We work together when we can and try to exist on the planet like everybody else. We got together, Darrell brought the engineer, we did some pickin’, and we just tried to put some chords to these baby dolls.”
“We’re all songwriters,” he continues. “Everybody’s a songwriter. And we’re all storytellers, even the old cave paintings. That’s about what we’re doing these days–making up stories, trying to keep each other on the planet. Some of are trying to hep each other while the other ones are destroying each other. It’s a yin and yang thing, the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
Pretty Little Troubles unique, shadowy Americana is flush with banjo, violin, Celtic musings, and bluesy moments. A master storyteller, Holcombe creates a portrait of the hardships of his home over the album’s twelve tracks.
Holcombe wrote the contents of Pretty Little Troubles over the course of a few months.
“I would get up every morning, chain smoke, drink coffee, and go from there,” he says of his process. “I eat a couple eggs, try to get out of bed, open my eyes, and take it from there.”
He credits his wife with selecting the album’s centerpiece song as its title track.
“She’s a god title picker,” he attests. “I always bounce ideas off of her. It’s good to have someone you trust grease the frying pan a little bit, you know, trying to cook up an idea.”
Holcombe looks forward to returning to Savannah, where he’ll take the stage with Jason Bible of The Train Wrecks.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “My wife’s coming with me — we love the area.”
By Jim Reed/SMN
Out on Tybee Island, the 200-capacity, single-screen historic Tybee Post Theater screens 1961’s beloved musical take on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
“West Side Story” finds that play’s plot about a young star-crossed couple transplanted to the low-rent tenement district of New York City, courtesy of director Robert Wise (“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “The Sound of Music”). Rival street gangs of Puerto Rican immigrants battle for respect while the sister of one gang’s leader and the founder of the opposing gang can’t help falling in love. Which, you know, complicates things. Packed with emotion and elaborate dance sequences that have withstood the test of time, it’s a bona fide classic. 7 p.m. showtime, and admission includes a glass of wine and some Kleenex (for those of you with fluttering hearts).
By Polly Powers Stramm/SMN
My memories of Tybee Island are bathed in black and white and awash in happy times spent with my Atlanta cousins. We were in elementary school in the 1960s and our Tybee tales consisted of a week or so every summer when we all would vacation at the family’s apartment house. Read more …
By Jim Reed/SMN
“You don’t know how it feels,” sang the late, sorely missed singer-songwriter Tom Petty on his 1994 hit single of the same name. That track, from his highly regarded solo LP “Wildflowers” (which, like his other “solo” LPs, featured most if not all of his longtime backing band The Heartbreakers) stands as one of dozens of roots-rock tracks recorded by the prolific guitarist and frontman since his career blossomed in the mid-1970s.
While TJ Cronin may not know exactly how it feels “to be real” (as the Petty lyric continues), he certainly knows better than most. For longer than he might care to admit, Cronin has dedicated himself to closely examining the words and music of Petty, and, for the last half-decade, he has put that research to professional use. Read More ….
By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah
KATIE DEAL brings a tribute to the women of country music. A seasoned expert on the music of Patsy Cline, the Georgia native embarked on two sold-out national tours of the production A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline before creating her own tribute to the country legend, Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow, & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline.
In her newest show, Deal, the daughter of Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal, will honor the likes of Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and her beloved Patsy Cline. We chatted with Deal about her roots, her shows, and becoming Patsy.
Your vocal quality while singing Cline is dead-on. What was it like “becoming” her, as a singer and a performer?
First, thanks! I’m fascinated by her voice, so that’s a huge compliment! When I first began performing Patsy Cline’s music, it was within the context of a theatrical production. My approach was to study her as an actor would study an historical figure. I’ve always been marveled by signature vocal characteristics and inflections, how different singers can make unique sounds but I am also keenly aware that mimicry is only flattering when done with authenticity and care.
I respect Ms. Cline’s work and strength so much that I’ve been very careful not to disrespect her memory by attempting to impersonate her. She was one of a kind and so am I. Impersonations are fascinating and I truly respect those who can interpret sounds and movements in order to replicate, like my friend, Johnny Counterfit.
In all honesty, I appreciate very much your choice of words, asking about “becoming” her. It bothers me a great deal on the occasion when I am called an impersonator. I cannot do what Johnny Counterfit does, which is classy and entertaining. In my opinion, the only way to honor an icon of Patsy Cline’s stature is to portray her in a theatrical production. Instead of impersonating, which can quickly make a mockery of her, one should attempt to exude an essence of her character based on research mixed with what feels natural and authentic to you.
Tell us about the Tybee Post Theater show, “The Women of Country Music.”
At this point in my career, I feel very successful. I’ve had amazing opportunities, gotten to work with top-notch musicians and have surprised even myself at what I’m capable of accomplishing. When I was asked to perform an intimate concert at the Tybee Post Theater, quite honestly, I was terrified. I rely so heavily on my band that it’s scary to take them away. But I saw this as an opportunity to strip down the music and really talk about the women and their incredible stories. The selection I’ve chosen for “The Women of Country Music: Unplugged” is music that either made it into my “Wildflowers” show or ended up on the cutting room floor. Each song and each artist I’ve chosen deserves a spotlight. My talented friend, Robert Taylor, we will be joining me to serve up an insightful acoustic dish of the most delicious stories and songs about the women of country music. I couldn’t be more excited to share this with Tybee Island folks!
By Joshua Peacock/SMN
Tybee Post Theater will pay homage to one of the most innovative and influential American musicians to date.
Trumpet legend Miles Davis’ legacy extends far beyond jazz, the genre he helped define and redefine throughout his four-decade career. Beginning in the mid-1940s, Davis emerged in the bebop days as a member of Charlie Parker’s quintet. Into the 1950s, Davis would strike out on his own, recording several albums that would later come to canonize multiple genres of jazz.
A highly prolific composer and player, Davis recorded more than 50 studio albums, 36 live albums, 35 compilation albums and 57 singles. Chief among those recordings is the most popular jazz album to date, “Kind of Blue.”
The Music of Miles Davis on Oct. 27, part of the Jazz Legends series, will feature a piano trio with Savannah State University music professor Eric Jones leading a night of Davis standards as well as some tunes in the spirit of the great trumpet player. Read More ….
By Jim Reed/SMN
on Oct. 26, the Tybee Post Theater will present director Billy Wilder’s adorable 1954 romantic love-triangle comedy “Sabrina,” starring Audrey Hepburn and the great Francis X. Bushman, as part of that historic venue’s Girls’ Night Out series of romantic tearjerkers from days gone by.
The tale of a shy and awkward daughter (Hepburn) of a wealthy society family’s chauffer who finds herself attracting the amorous attention of said family’s two handsome sons (played by Humphrey Bogart and William Holden) was nominated for a whopping six Academy Awards, winning one. If you’ve never seen it before, catch it like this — on the big screen. It holds up amazingly well, even after more than 60 years. 7 p.m. showtime, with admission price including a glass of wine or beer (if you’re old enough).
By Scott Peacock/SMN
If you missed your chance to see one of the most prolific live musical acts to ever rock a stage, or are hoping to relive some youthful adventures, the Charlie Fog Band has a ride you’ll want to take.
Formed by Daniel Berman rather accidentally in 2011, the Charlie Fog Band is more than just a tribute/cover band. They are a group of musicians who each made personal attachments to the music and ethos of the Grateful Dead.
They will celebrate portions of the Dead’s exhaustive catalog with a monster, full-band live show Oct. 14 at Tybee Post Theater that could course in any direction throughout the night, much in the same way the original jam band did it. Read More …..
By Jim Reed/SMN
Welcome back, friends. I hope Hurricane Irma treated all local Film Scene readers (and their property) with lenience. It certainly wreaked havoc on a number of alternative cinema events in our area over the past couple of weeks, as some of you may have noticed.
A number of screenings had to be canceled due to the inclement weather and/or the threat of such things (which necessitated certain venues closing their doors to properly secure them in advance of Chatham County’s evacuation).
First up, on Sept. 21, Tybee Post Theater’s ongoing Girls’ Night Out series of weepy, relationship-driven popcorn flicks continues with a one-night-only engagement of director Rob “Stand By Me” Reiner’s 1989 dramedy “When Harry Met Sally,” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as lifelong best friends who can’t seem to figure out if they’re destined for a strictly platonic pairing or if they should attempt to be romantic partners. Written by Nora Ephron (“Silkwood,” “Sleepless in Seattle”) and openly based on elements of Reiner’s own life, it is a sentimental favorite of all sorts of people. The American Film Institute ranked it the 23rd best comedy motion picture ever made in this country. Admission to this 7 p.m. show includes a glass of wine (if you’re of age) and a pack of tissues for the inevitable weeping.