STRINGS AND STORIES: Midtown Whiskey Jam unites Savannah's country music stars


Savannah area country music enthusiasts are in for a treat on Friday, Aug. 18 as Midtown Sports Grill in the vibrant Habersham Shopping Center plays host to the Midtown Whiskey Jam. This one-night-only event promises an unforgettable evening of live country music, featuring two of Savannah's most prominent country music stars, Damon Mailand of Damon and the Shitkickers and CC Witt of Lyn Avenue.

The stage is set for an extraordinary country musical experience, with the Midtown Whiskey Jam taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. Country music lovers are encouraged to gather for an evening that will undoubtedly leave them tapping their feet and singing along with these two popular Savannah country stars.

Headlining the event is Damon Mailand, an exceptional guitar player, and the band leader of the renowned Savannah country band, Damon and the Shitkickers. With a decade-long legacy of excellence, Damon and his band have consistently clinched numerous local awards for being the best country act in the region. Adding to his impressive portfolio, Damon also wears the hat of a Master Luthier and Production Manager at Benedetto Guitars, showcasing his remarkable talents beyond the stage.

Sharing the limelight is CC Witt, a prolific singer-songwriter and the driving force behind the captivating Savannah country band, Lyn Avenue. With a dedicated fan base and an impressive musical journey, CC Witt's performances are known to be a blend of heartwarming melodies and captivating storytelling. Drawing inspiration from country legends of the ‘60s and ‘70s, such as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Roger Miller, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash, CC's music resonates deeply with those who appreciate the art of storytelling through song.

CC’s connection with music runs deep, rooted in her upbringing within a musical family. Her journey began at a young age when she learned to play the guitar, becoming a testament to her dedication and passion for the craft. The influence of classic country legends is evident in her performances, as she masterfully weaves together narratives that evoke a sense of nostalgia and emotion. Her love for the stories embedded in country songs is a driving force that propels her artistic expression.

Although Mailand and Witt have never collaborated on any projects or even performed together before, their mutual respect has only grown over the years. The two even share a band mate in steel-pedal player Igor Fiksman. The idea for the Midtown Whiskey Jam started off as an idea that the two thought would be a fun time to jam together and combine their equally extensive catalogs. However, after more spit balling and whiskey sessions, the two finally came up with the fully formed idea for their collaboration.

The Midtown Whiskey Jam is not merely a concert; it's a celebration of Savannah's rich country music culture and a gathering of individuals who share a common love for authentic, heartfelt country melodies. Whether you're a dedicated country music fan or someone looking to explore the genre for the first time, the Midtown Whiskey Jam promises an experience that will leave an indelible mark on your musical journey. Join Damon Mailand and CC Witt on this remarkable night as they take the stage and transport you to a world of timeless country melodies and full-hearted lyrics.

Mark your calendars for Friday, Aug. 18 and make your way to Midtown Sports Grill at 4521 Habersham St., Savannah, GA 31405. The Midtown Whiskey Jam awaits, promising an evening of musical magic that will resonate long after the final chord has been played.