By Thomas Oliver
Savannah Songwriters Series
In its sixth year of providing a one-of-a kind format for songwriters, the Savannah Songwriters Series is moving to the Tybee Post Theater.
In its first year after reopening, the Post Theater has quickly become the a popular venue for live music. It created Tybee City Limits, a monthly showcase of live local bands and songwriters and has hosted numerous sold-out shows featuring a variety of musical genres from a Tribute to Bill Monroe and the Ladies of the Blues to the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet.
Now, beginning April 3, the Post will present the monthly Savannah Songwriters monthly showcase of four songwriters in-the-round swapping songs and the stories behind them.
Kicking off the new adventure will be none other than the founder of the SSS, Jefferson Ross.
Joining him will be one of Savannah‘s long-time favorite songwriters, Jan Spillane. Rounding out the foursome will be Tim Malchak making his SSS debut, and Tybee’s own balladeer Thomas Oliver.
Southern folk artist, Jefferson Ross, is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. Now living in Atlanta, Jefferson travels throughout the U.S. and Europe performing his original music and sharing his art.
Noted music critic Peter Cooper wrote of his latest CD, “Dogwood Cats:” Jefferson’s music is “flannel-warm in the chilled autumn.”
Jefferson lived from years in Nashville playing for a number recording artists including, Terri Clark, and sharing the stage with Country Music greats such as George Strait, Toby Keith, Reba and Vince Gill. He worked as a staff writer for a number of publishers on Music Row including Curb Music.
In 2010, he moved his young family to Savannah, where he helped create the Savannah Songwriters Series, Three years later, he and his family moved to Atlanta. He maintains a home and office in Nashville as well.
Jan Spillane writes, “If you’re not feeling it, don’t do it!”
A native of Savannah and Tybee since birth, the south is Jan Spillane’s home. She plays guitar and piano “she literally sounds like no one else.” Georgia Music Magazine added, “She’s like a lyrical acrobat.”
She’s been traveling to Nashville for the past 25 years and has written, recorded, and performed with some of Nashville’s Who’s Who. To date, she’s released four CD’s, three singles, two videos and in late spring of 2016, her CD, “Blue Canvas” will be released. Some of her credits include: “If Looks Could Kill” which was licensed for a promo on Showtime Cable Networks popular series, “The L Word.” She’s had a single song contract with Ah Ha Music Group for the song, “What it’s Not” and co-written with legendary singer/songwriter, Wood Newton.
From the peace, love, and rock & roll days of the 1960’s to the infectious trend of Americana, Jan creates a passionate and soulful, yet hypnotizing and energetic sound.
A veteran of 40 years in the music business, singer/songwriter Tim Malchak has persevered through many victories and failures.
Many of those experiences shine through in his music. Tim has recorded a total of 14 albums including seven Christian CD’s. As an international and award-winning recording artist in Nashville during the 1908s, Tim first came to be known in the music industry during that time with a string of Top 40 hit singles in Billboard’s Country Music Charts.
Songs like his self-penned “Colorado Moon” and “Restless Angel” helped to establish him as a gifted and influential singer/songwriter.
Later, in 1987 he was honored by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top Ten New Country Artists of that year. In 1988 he signed a major label record deal with MCA/Universal Records and in May of 1989 his critically acclaimed album “Different Circles” was released. During that time he shared the stage with country legends such as of Vince Gill, Alison Krause, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson, and the list goes on. In 1993 Tim appeared on Farm Aid VI in Ames Iowa that was viewed by over 200 million viewers on TNN.
A survivor of a 26-year addiction, Tim is now 21 years drug free. His career is now centered in church. He is a worship leader at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah.
Tybee Island singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver “knows how to hook you with a punchy line,” according to the Savannah Morning News. Connect Savannah said his songwriting “displays a fine — one might say journalistic — eye for detail and poetic flow.”
And Red Line Roots wrote, “…in a world of people trying to make country music and falling short, [Thomas Oliver] soars high above the competition.”
He followed 2013’s “The Edge of America” CD, with this year’s EP, “When You Kissed Me.”
Thomas is a producer of the Savannah Songwriters Series, now in its sixth year of showcasing local songwriters, with the occasional touring artist’s appearance. He also MCs Tybee City Limits.