Noteworthy: Little Roy Lewis & Lizzie Long


For 60 years, the Lewis Family was known as “America’s First Family of Bluegrass Gospel Music.” They played concerts and festivals all over the country, made a lot of records, and even had their own Sunday afternoon TV show, on Augusta’s WJBF, which ran for 38 years.

“Mom” and “Pop” Lewis are gone now, and although the group had come to include Lewises from all generations, they’ve officially announced their retirement. In early September, after the Lewis Family plays its last date, the group will be no more.

Saturday’s show at Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor features the “pride” of the Lewis Family, Little Roy, who is acknowledged as a master of the 5-string banjo (a durn funny guy, he was always known as “the entertainer of the group,” too). He’s also a guitarist and singer (well, the whole Lewis clan knows how to raise a voice).

Little Roy Lewis’ touring partner is Lizzie Long, who plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle and assorted other instruments. She’s actually his foster daughter.

Roy and Lizzie recently made a CD, Lifetimes, with the greatest banjo player of all time, Earl Scruggs. Now if that’s not an endorsement to catch your attention, I don’t know what is. Listen & learn: At 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at Randy Wood Guitars, 1804 E. Highway 80, Bloomingdale. $25. See


In honor of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the folks at Oglethorpe Speedway Park have designated Saturday as a band-a-thon, free to get in, with food and drink available. Gates open at 11 a.m., and the music starts at 1. The schedule: 1 p.m. The RPM Band; 2 p.m. Done 4 The Day; 3 p.m. Triple Edge Band; 4 p.m. Dirty Uncle Bob/Thomas Claxton; 5 p.m. Souls Harbor; 6 p.m. Pachunga/The Shake; 7 p.m. High Velocity; 8 p.m. The Big Money Band /Irene Goodnight; 9 p.m. Snazzy Red/Flip Wire; 10 p.m. Moan Jam (formerly known as Tung). Online at At 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at Oglethorpe Speedway Park, Highway 80 in Pooler, three miles east of I-95 at Exit 102. Call (912) 964-8200.


One of the newest members of Savannah’s Coastal Jazz Association, Espina is a brilliant saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist, whose playing has been featured in several movie soundtrack orchestras, and in the pits of Broadway shows. Espina was director of the jazz department at the prestigious Hoff Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, N. Y., where he taught jazz theory, improvisation, ensembles and private lessons. He moved to the Hostess City in 2008, and brought his business – JodyJazz, makers of mouthpieces for sax and clarinet – with him. Listen & learn: At 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 at Four Points by Sheraton, 520 W. Bryan St. Admission $10 public; free for CJA. members


Master Jeffries is a 21-year-old piano playing popster from South Florida, equal parts Billy Joel (without the ham) and Ben Folds (without the cheese). He’s got a sharpened sense of pop songcraft – I hear the echo of the great Emitt Rhodes in his songs (now, Emitt could write a catchy pop tune, and his classic ‘70s stuff has just been reissued on CD, if you’re interested). The high-energy band features Jimmy Powers on guitar, Brian Lang on bass, Josh “Papa Bear” Connolly on drums, and J.J. (who’s also an accomplished actor!) on lead vocals and keys. It’s a little bit like “Movin’ Out” onstage, without the dancing. Listen & learn: At 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $8.



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Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung was Connect's Arts & Entertainment Editor from May 2009 to August 2014.
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