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Savannah Songwriters Series: Jon Waits, Ben Wells, Pete Love, Arsena Schroder @Johnny Harris
Jon Waits

AFTER A full weekend of shows, you probably need to cool your heels on Sunday, right? What if I told you could do that while eating barbecue and attending more shows?!

Bless the Savannah Songwriter’s Series. What’s a better way to spend Sunday evening than mingling with your community and listen to our best songwriters in an intimate environment over famous ‘cue and fried chicken? Heck, start it all off in the morning by eating a cathead biscuit and watching Paving Gravy at Tybee Island Social Club.

Distracted by soul food, I digress.

If you’ve never attended the monthly Songwriter’s Series, now’s the time to start. Local, and occasionally touring, songwriters, are seated in a row, and go down the line taking turns playing songs—usually three each, in total. It’s cool because, even if you’ve seen someone play dozens of times, the Series encourages performers to speak in depth about their songs—the stories behind them and their creative process.

Jon Waits of Waits & Co. (pictured) headlines Sunday evening; his alt-country and Southern storytelling is a Savannah favorite.

“While Waits & Co. is the primary ‘business’ of music for me I’ve got a lot of material that doesn’t always fit the Savannah circuit gigs that we regularly play,” shares Waits. “I feel that this series is something we badly need more of here, and I was thrilled to be asked to do it. I feel the Savannah Songwriters Series allows folks of a much wider variety to be a part of this town’s music community without having to get into the thick of the downtown nightlife—loud bars and rambunctious partiers.” 

Pete Love, a returning SSS performer, is a sought-after guitarist, who also performs solo.

Ben Wells can be regularly found at Coffee.Deli’s Wednesday night jams; he’s only been writing songs for a few years now, but he’s got plenty to show off at Johnny Harris.

Charlotte’s Arsena Schroeder’s 2013 EP, Abundantly, was likened to Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman; the American Idol contestant has a new release, For My Artist Child, due next month.