Saturday's happy hour at The Jinx followed a predictable pattern.
Damon and the Sh!tkickers took the stage at 6 p.m. with their upbeat, classic country sound. A ragtag group of regulars, ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s, began straggling in.
Some people started dancing. Small groups of tourists heard the music and wandered into the club like moths to a flame.
The band was scheduled to stop at 8 p.m., but they just kept going - and going - without a break or barely even a pause.
That's been the general game plan for Saturday happy hours for more than four years now, but there have been some important changes in that span.
Damon Mailand first appeared on the Savannah scene accompanied by only his guitar - one he made himself.
A Montana native, Damon ended up in Savannah as a master luthier at Benedetto Guitars.
Mailand was soon joined by bassist and backing vocalist Charlie Hodge and guitarist Matt Eady. Then came drummer Mike DiSanza and Igor Fiksman on pedal steel.
For those first couple of years, the band performed nothing but classic covers by the likes of Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash.
After Eady moved away, Anders Thomsen began playing guitar and occasionally taking over lead vocals.
Thomsen was frontman for the alt-country band The Ex-Husbands, but the other Sh!tkickers' backgrounds range from classical to jazz, metal to hip-hop to punk. A couple of the band members didn't even like country music before meeting up with Damon.
And there's been one other big change in the band's sets.
Slowly but surely, after urging from many of his fans and songwriting collaboration with James Ivanowski, Mailand and the band began playing new originals.
The result is Damon and the Sh!tkickers' great debut album, "Short Cups and Long Nights," a fresh, occasionally irreverent twist on classic outlaw country.
There's just one cover on the new record - Haggard's "What Am I Gonna Do (With the Rest of My Life)." The 11 originals range from the ballad "There Ain't Enough Whiskey (In This Bottle)" to "Music City," a stinging comment on the fakery of modern country music.
There's sure no fakery in the passionate performances of Damon and the Sh!tkickers.
When he's back in Montana, Mailand still shoots gophers on his grandma's ranch. And he wrote a song about it.
On June 8, Damon and the Sh!tkickers will play an extended happy hour - from about 6-10 p.m. - to launch "Short Cups and Long Nights." The Jinx is at 127 W. Congress St.
There's no cover, and a good time is pretty much guaranteed.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.