A talk with the loquacious hip hop pioneer and Savannah resident
'We were like, we don’t even need a guitar — all we need is a turntable to start this shit. And look at what they did with that. Thirty years and it’s a multibillion-dollar industry.'
How a Georgia boy took on 'American Idol' ... and won
'I didn't really care to win. I just wanted to go out there and have a good time with the band.'
It wouldn't be St. Paddy's without musical magic at Kevin Barry's
Since 1980, Ground Zero for Irish music in Savannah has been Kevin Barry's on River Street
When last we heard from Whigs singer/guitarist Parker Gispert, he and bandmates Julian Dorio (drums) and Timothy Deaux (bass) were gearing up to record Enjoy the Company, the fourth Whigs album. The platter arrived in 2012, and it's the band's best yet — thunderous and loud, yet heavy on the hooks and imbued with Gispert's gift of melody, put across fiercely in songs like the eight–minute guitar epic "Staying Alive," the anthemic "Tiny Treasures" (performed live on Leno and Kimmel, respectively) and the buzzsaw pop of "Waiting" (they played that one on Letterman).
Call of Montreal the anti–Allman Brothers. Singer, songwriter and chief visionary Kevin Barnes says the theatrical, performance–art party atmosphere of the Athens ensemble's stage shows are meant to be the polar opposite of concerts featuring guys just standing there playing music.
This quintet may be the hidden gem of Stopover 2013. Fronted by singer, keyboardist and composer Grayson Sanders, the Brooklyn–based Snowmine produces clear, focused, atmospheric yet highly melodic music.
A chick–rock clique of semi–locals with kickass vocals, Lovely Locks champion the Savannah music scene, feminism and whiskey. At the Sparetime, late on a rainy Monday, Lovely Locks manage to draw a decent crowd.
Whether playing by bow, strum or finger–pluck, Ben Sollee is unique among cellists. The Kentucky native is a poly–dexterous master of innovation who wields his (physically unwieldy) instrument the way others handle a ukulele or a small guitar.
One of the highlights of the first Savannah Stopover, in 2011, Young Buffalo returns this year with an incredibly strong EP jammed with sharp, pop–tinged rock 'n' roll — this is a band that piledrives and plants hooks virtually simultaneously. On that first visit, there were three young Buffs.
Five years ago, Ben Hardesty had never opened his mouth to sing for anybody. He was 16 years old.