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Nashville’s recent woes, from the high–rising of the Cumberland River, have not gone unnoticed by musicians far and wide. Here in Savannah, a three–week benefit is being planned by singer/songwriter Jan Spillane, who’s recorded in Music City, has a lot of friends there, and simply wants to do something to help with flood relief.

The “Save Nashville Summer Series” brings together an interesting cross–section of acoustic artists and bands. There’ll be shows June 6, 13 and 20 at the Indigo Arts Center. Each three–hour night features three performers, with catering from Cha Bella’s, and the proceeds are going to the charities MusicCares and Hands on Nashville.

Here’s the lineup:

June 6: Singer/guitarist Mark Carter, the Train Wrecks and Liquid Ginger. This is the most “Savannah–centric” of the shows, with two winners from our recent Best Of reader’s poll.

June 13: Lauren Lapointe, Stan Ray and Eliot Houser, Vinx. The latter is a singer/percussionist, and the founder of the legendary Songwriter’s Soul Kitchen workshops.

June 20: Luke Mitchell, Jan Spillane and Ben Wells, John Brannen. Savannah native Brannen has been a songwriting success in Nashville for nearly 30 years. He cut a duet with Lucinda Williams, “A Cut So Deep,” and the Eagles did his song “Somebody” on their reunion album Long Road Out of Eden.

    Tickets for each night, which includes the hors d’ouvres, are $20. Call (912) 713–1137 for more information.

Acoustic Island

The mission to restore the Tybee Post Theater rolls along with the June 5 Songwriters Circle event. This is the first time a show has been held inside the pre–World War II brick building on Van Horne Boulevard, which is still pretty bare–bones (you’ll need to bring your own chair).

The performers are Nashville singer/songwriter Joni Bishop, who’s a longtime favorite of Savannah folk audiences; singer and guitarist Darryl Wise, a wonderful acoustic artist born in Savannah and currently residing in St. Augustine, Fla.; and local blues duo Michael Amburgey and Bobby Hanson.

Tickets, $15, are available at (912) 323–7727, or online at

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