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The Tybee Post Theater brings a female-driven twin bill with Southern Songbirds and Girls Just Want to Have Fun

The Tybee Post Theater brings a female-driven twin bill with Southern Songbirds and Girls Just Want to Have Fun

We seem to forget these days that Tybee Island was once an important part of coastal military defense. Few things are left from what once was an active military base but the historic Tybee Post Theater, set in the heart of what used to be Fort Screven, still stands. It was constructed in 1930 as a movie house for the soldiers stationed at the Army base. The theater has gone through major transformations after being closed for fifty years. It resumed operation in September 2015, and it is now a performing arts and movie venue for Tybee residents and visitors.

And this weekend the ladies are running the show.


SOUTHERN SONGBIRDS

“My passion is definitely the celebration of local artists and music. I come back to Savannah each year, and this show is one of the reasons,” Jill Knight said. “One night filled with music and I promise you that this show is unforgettable.”

Knight is a native of Savannah, now living in California, her music delivers a southern texture blending Americana, blues and weaving in a little R&B. She was also voted Best Songwriter on the Central Coast of California by 2018 New Times Music Awards, a finalist at the Telluride Troubadour competition, and a finalist at the National Academy of Songwriters “Songwriter of the Year” competition. “I am incredibly honored to be sharing the stage with these phenomenal artists,” Knight added. “Carly Gibson, an Atlanta-based singer-songwriter, whose solo work is an ethereal escape into R&B and blues, is currently a backing vocalist with American funk rock legends, Mother’s Finest. I think her voice is stronger than ever and I am honored to be sharing the stage with her.”

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Brothers Duet: Aaron Paul Zimmer and Jay Rudd release new album with Tybee Post Theater show

Brothers Duet: Aaron Paul Zimmer and Jay Rudd release new album with Tybee Post Theater show

By Christopher Berinato/Do Savannah

Aaron Paul Zimmer and Jay Rudd having been playing together in local bluegrass band City Hotel since 2011.

The band has released two albums in that time and last year, Zimmer released his first solo album, “Saints and Heretics.”

When not playing solo or in City Hotel, Zimmer (guitar/vocals) and Rudd (mandolin) occasionally perform as a duo.

“Some time last year we did a duo show at Tybee Post opening up for Lynn Avenue… and that was our first public performance as a duo,” said Rudd. “That went over really well. We got a great crowd reaction so we thought we should probably do this again.”

A few months ago, Zimmer booked this upcoming date at Tybee Post Theater and asked Rudd if he would like to try the duo again. Rudd suggested recording a new EP to promote the show, which is a reversal of the usual stages of booking a gig.

“It all happened really quick,” explained Rudd. “We went into the studio with Jason Bible (The Train Wrecks) and got it done in maybe four or six hours in the studio. And that was it.”

The five track EP, “Vol. 1,” features four original songs, two written by Rudd and two by Zimmer, plus one cover.

“One of them is actually a cover by Aaron’s father-in-law, Ernie Palmer,” said Rudd. “It’s a song that we actually have on one of the City Hotel albums, called ‘Gainesville Mill.’ We decided to re-record that for this project.”

Zimmer and Rudd each draw upon their own strengths as songwriters for this EP. “Aaron is very much in the singer-songwriter vein,” said Rudd. “I started writing music when I was in high school. I was in a garage rock band. We literally played in a garage. I would write rock songs.”

Of course, Rudd has been writing bluegrass songs ever since with City Hotel. “I think that our styles are very different because Aaron’s stuff is more lyrical and he’s an amazing storyteller when he writes songs,” said Rudd. “I’ve always written more on the instrumental side of things.”

Although the pair enjoy performing as a full band with City Hotel, they also like the opportunities to explore their instruments as a duo. “It feels really different when you just have a guitar and a mandolin because it just changes the groove a lot,” Rudd explained. “In a bluegrass band, it’s the bass and the mandolin and guitar together that create the overall groove. Without having a bass it changes the way Aaron has to play the guitar. Also, it’s just a lot more stripped down. There is a way I wouldn’t play mandolin in a full bluegrass group… It’s a more intimate sound and it really lends itself to showing more of the dynamic beauty of those instruments you don’t get in a full band. We can really showcase the more airy side of the instruments. There is a depth to the instruments that you don’t hear when you have five instruments going at once.”

There is a long tradition of guitar and mandolin duos in bluegrass music. The format actually began in the 1930s and ’40s, prior to bluegrass. “There were tons of these, what were called, Brother Duets,” said Rudd. “Bill Monroe and his brother, Charlie, had the Monroe Brothers and that was before he started the whole Bluegrass music.”

Rudd also cites Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice’s duo as an influence. Rudd still brings his other influences outside of bluegrass into his songwriting. “I didn’t get into Bluegrass until I was in my 20s,” said Rudd. “Before that I was into My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, those kind of rock bands, so I get a lot of influence from that sort of stuff. The kind of music I gravitated towards before bluegrass is still a huge part of how I hear music.”

Zimmer and Rudd will play a varied 90-minute set and have CD copies of “Vol.1” for sale at the show. Special guests Russell Cook and the Sweet Teeth are opening up. Cook recorded with his wife as Little Country Giants, but now is exploring a two guitar and drums juke-joint trio with the Sweet Teeth along with guitarist Scotty Knight and drummer Jeremy Clark.

 

Cats Under The Stars salutes Jerry Garcia

Cats Under The Stars salutes Jerry Garcia

Members of Charlie Fog Band pay tribute to Garcia’s other band

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

Dan Berman is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to music in general, but even more so with the music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia. He’s become known for playing with the Charlie Fog Band, an impassioned tribute to the legendary group. Now, he’s taking that a step further with Cats Under the Stars—a tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band.

Known for their reimagining of soul and R&B songs, as well as originals that were outside of the realm of the Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band was a passion project for the iconic guitarist and songwriter up until his passing.

Cats Under the Stars is set to stage a JGB tribute at the Tybee Post Theater on June 22, and we spoke to Berman ahead of the show. Read More…

Mipso and Chatham County Line play Tybee Post Theater

Mipso and Chatham County Line play Tybee Post Theater

By Christopher Berinato/DoSavannah

When Mipso, a quartet from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, released their fifth studio album in 2018, it marked a subtle, yet noticeable shift in their approach to American roots music, one that values mood and atmosphere over traditional virtuosity. Read more …

Tybee Wine Festival is eleven years strong

Tybee Wine Festival is eleven years strong

By Rachael Flora/Connect Savannah

NOW IN its eleventh year, the Tybee Wine Festival is a favorite event for locals and tourists alike.

The laid-back weekend is a fundraiser for the Tybee Post Theater.

“It really is amazing that it has had such longevity,” says Melissa Turner, executive director of the Tybee Post Theater. “The same folks come year in and year out—they just love it. We have folks that plan their vacation around all three events, rent a house or a condo down here and make a long weekend out of it.” Read more …

Malcolm Holcombe’s Pretty Little Troubles

Malcolm Holcombe’s Pretty Little Troubles

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.”

No Ordinary Love: Danielle Hicks Sings Sade @Tybee Post Theater

No Ordinary Love: Danielle Hicks Sings Sade @Tybee Post Theater

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

Randall Bramblett Band @Tybee Post Theater

Randall Bramblett Band @Tybee Post Theater

By Anna Chandler/Connect Savannah

IF YOU missed Athens hero Randall Bramblett at the big Night Flight Café reunion back in May, don’t fear: he’s coming back! The treasured Southern songwriter brings his original sound and incredible band to the Tybee Post Theater stage this weekend.

For 40 years, Bramblett has worked as a sideman, collaborator, and solo act to be reckoned with. The prolific artist releases his eleventh album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World, this month via New West Records and will celebrate with a CD release party on Tybee.

Bramblett gave fans a taste of the record’s sound with “Devil’s Haircut,” his unique, bluesy take on the signature Beck track. It’s the first time Bramblett’s released a cover song on a solo record, but the undercurrent of darkness and whimsical lyricism is a smart fit in his catalog. The multi-instrumentalist has said the new record is inspired by the soul and R&B music of his childhood.

friday, july 14, 8 p.m., $25-30 via tybeeposttheater.com, all-ages

The Fabulous Krewe of Equinox Orchestra Mardi Gras @Tybee Post Theater

The Fabulous Krewe of Equinox Orchestra Mardi Gras @Tybee Post Theater

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah
NATIONAL sensation and hometown favorites The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra are getting back to their roots! Louisiana natives Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson will lead their dynamic band in a tribute to their home state tradition this weekend.

The party kicks off with a VIP Mardi Gras gala complete with complimentary cocktails, Cajun hors d’oeuvres, naturally, king cake. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in Mardi Gras fashion—purple, green, gold, or parade-ready costumes are welcome.

After the gala, head into the Theater to hear the best of the Great American Songbook as performed by the tremendously talented, always-entertaining Orchestra.

Saturday, February 25, gala at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., $50 for both, $25-30 concert only

Savannah Songwriters Series @Tybee Post Theater

Savannah Songwriters Series @Tybee Post Theater

By Anna Chandler/Connect Savannah

CELEBRATE original Lowcountry songwriting with a stellar lineup of musicians, including two Savannah Songwriters Series veterans.

Sarah Tollerson returns to the SSS circle. A Winder, Georgia native, Tollerson has received high praise and awards for her musical talents, earning the John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriting and the Berklee College of Music Performing Songwriter Award. Catch her while you can—the talented musician just announced that she and her husband are expecting their first child in September, and Sunday’s performance will be her last for a while.

These days, you can catch Sarah Poole fronting alternative rock band Ember City, but she still shows off her acoustic, singer-songwriter side. She’ll belt it out solo on Sunday.

Josh Johansson has been gigging and playing cover songs for about four years, but he’s just begun exploring his own songwriting talents. This is his SSS debut.

Abe Partridge has led a colorful life: from theological education to time in the Air Force to roofing, his wealth of experience led him to write an album of original music, White Trash Lipstick, in 2015.

Sunday, August 7, 7 p.m., $10, all-ages