In the third installment of our hit music variety show, Tybee City Limits, the Best in Live Local Music, we’ve got the talented singer-songwriter Payne Bridges; Andrew Gill’s Junkyard Angel, playing foot-stompin’ originals and rock-alt tunes you know by heart; and the Isaac Smith Band, an easy listening Southern-rooted band that displays a versatility of styles from Americana to pop.
Payne Bridges didn’t know a single guitar chord when she moved to Savannah about five years ago to attend college. But inspired by local musicians, she taught herself to play and now she’s got her own debut EP of five original songs titlled “GA Flame LA Burn.” As a songwriter, Bridges says she’s inspired by her surroundings and the stories that she reads. This year, it was an F. Scott Fitzgerald biography, and now she has written an imaginative song exploring the bond between Fitzgerald and fellow expatriate Ernest Hemingway.
“Music is something I sort of fell into in the last five years. I found myself being overwhelmed and inspired by different people and situations, and feeling the need to tell those stories through song, she says. “Getting lost in lyrics and melodies is now one of my favorite past times, but performing with friends takes things to a whole new level.
Junkyard Angel is “…a used, abused, honky-tonk-infused” collection of musicians and talent featuring Stewart Marshall on vocals and guitar, Scott Tanner on bass, and Andrew Gill on lead guitar and vocals. .Junkyard Angel is a lot of old school country and rock that is drawing on the likes of Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash, Crazy Horse and the Flying Burrito Brothers with a good bit of Rolling Stones’ “Goat’s Head Soup” era colored outside the lines.
The band’s been around for about 10 years in various incarnations. The band members also have other allegiances: Marshall occasionally gigs around with his brother Jim, and Gill as the Marshall Brothers; Gill also fronts his own Andrew Gill Band and was a founder of the old Americana band Wormsleow. But as Junkyard Angel they are “making raucous, rootsy music with a deep country-rock flavor, with echoes of vintage 1966 Dylan and bits of the Stones, the Burritos, Waylon, Willie and even Asleep at the Wheel tossed into the mix,” says Connect Savannah.
Isaac Smith is hard to pin down as an artist. Steeped in Southern culture, trained in classical music, and raised on the pews of his father’s church, he blend’s all of these elements into his live performances. Expect to hear soulful re-imaginings, roots rock, pop, and you may even catch a hymn from his youth. in 2014, he wrote his first EP titled ‘Magnolia Bloom.” When Isaac is not performing around the low country’s music scene you can catch him on Sunday mornings at Tapestry Church in Savannah, GA.
Smith’s band mates are Ethan Stewart on the electric guitar and vocals and Robert Saunders on drums.
Sat., Dec. 19. Doors open at 7:30. Show starts at 8 pm.
Tickets are $10 general admission; $9 Theater members
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