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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.

 

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 …

Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss make it fun and real

Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss make it fun and real

By Kim Wade/SMN

It’s been a while, but veteran comedian Shane Mauss is returning to Savannah with his unique and popular Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss tour on March 10 at the Tybee Post Theater.

Mauss is best known for his blend of absurdist humor and storytelling and has appeared on “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Comedy Central” and Showtime. He is the creator and host of the popular podcast, “Here We Are,” where he interviews the world’s leading academic experts.

He says his podcast has helped give him street cred to other scientists when he invites them to join him on stage for his Stand Up Science shows. “When I first started this, most of them thought it was a practical joke. Now I can prove I am interested in discussing science with true academics.” Read more…

Jason Bible’s Anicca is an artistic home run

Jason Bible’s Anicca is an artistic home run

The Train Wrecks’ leader talks about his ambitious and beautiful new book and album

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

BY NOW, most everyone who’s tuned in to the local music scene has heard the name Jason Bible. As part of The Train Wrecks, Bible has woven himself into the fabric of the Savannah music community and continues to thrive over a decade later.

One thing that seemingly keeps him going is doing more ambitious projects like Anicca, the book and companion album he’s set to release on March 1. Read more ….

Doubt: You decide;  Savannah Community Theatre brings ‘parable’ of our times to Tybee Post

Doubt: You decide; Savannah Community Theatre brings ‘parable’ of our times to Tybee Post

By Ji Morekis/Connect Savannah

THE STAGING of Doubt: A Parable by Savannah Community Theatre is certainly timely, given recent headlines.

“News broke about that all that stuff that happened in Pennsylvania about a week and a half after we decided to do the show,” producer Tom Coleman says, referring to last year’s report that the predatory activities of over 300 priests had been covered up by the Catholic Church in that state.

“It was eery.”

However, the decision to produce Doubt – an ambiguous character study taking place in a Catholic school in 1960s New York City – came about for a bit more mundane reason. The play, written by John Patrick Shanley, was one that Coleman’s friend and fellow theatre maven Carl Rosengart had urged Coleman to do. So they agreed to team up together as director and producer to add it to Savannah Community Theatre’s season at Tybee Post Theater. Read More:

Coastal Cohorts expand three-decade legacy of ‘King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running’

Coastal Cohorts expand three-decade legacy of ‘King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running’

Acclaimed trio of musicians brings their long-running musical to the Tybee Post Theater

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

THE MEMBERS of the Coastal Cohorts have achieved significant success individually, but together they’ve accomplished a truly impressive feat – keeping a musical running for over 30 years. King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running is a unique show that is comprised of just three cast members and has been staged up and down the East Coast since the mid-1980s.

The trio, who has previously performed the show twice on Tybee Island, is bringing their beloved musical to the Tybee Post Theatre on Jan. 26 and 27 with proceeds going to the theatre as well as The Dolphin Project.

Jim Wann, a successful Broadway writer and composer known for his hit show Pump Boys and Dinettes, originally teamed up with Red Clay Ramblers pianist Bland Simpson and producer Don Dixon to create an environmentally-conscious show about southern coastal life. Read More…

Universal praise for “First Man” @ TybeePost Jan. 3-5

Universal praise for “First Man” @ TybeePost Jan. 3-5

By Jim Reed/SMN

On Jan. 3, the Tybee Post Theater begins a three-day run of Oscar-winning Best Director (for 2016′s retro-nouveau romantic musical “La La Land”) Damien Chazelle’s latest motion picture — and his second to star Ryan Gosling — “First Man,” a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong that focuses on his early days as a test pilot and the preparations for his historic 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission. The film has won near-universal praise for its execution and for the performances of both Gosling (as Armstrong) and Claire Foy (as the astronaut’s first wife Janet).

Variety Magazine said of the lengthy (141-minute) film that it was “so revelatory in its realism, so gritty in its physicality, that it becomes a drama of thrillingly hellbent danger and obsession.” By all accounts, it’s a picture whose scope and subject matter demand that it be seen in a true theatrical environment, which makes the cozy, 200-seat Tybee Post a wonderful spot to catch the picture. The film, which was released in October, has grossed over $100 million to date at the box office. 7 p.m. showtimes Jan. 3-5, with a 3 p.m. matinee Jan. 5.