Some familiar faces in Americana music are returning to Savannah this weekend. Atlanta’s Cold Heart Canyon performs July 15 at The Jinx with San Francisco’s The Pine Box Boys and Savannah’s own Waits & Co.
Cold Heart Canyon will officially release their debut studio recording, “Wolves, Demons, and Drunks,” on Aug. 4, but the quartet will have advance copies available at their local showcase.
Savannah has become a sort of second home for Cold Heart Canyon’s Robert Green. The multi-instrumentalist and songwriter says he finds the local scene to be most welcoming.
“Savannah has always been a musical destination of mine,” he says. “There are so many terrific artists and groups down here! From Americana/bluegrass acts like Waits & Co. and City Hotel to the heaviest of heavy, such as Black Tusk and Kylesa, good music simply emerges within this city.
“With my travels to Savannah, I’ve been able to build friendships that carry over to the whole region and back home. I’m glad that Cold Heart Canyon can now be a part of the clan!”
Having performed as a duo at the heralded Trinity Sanctuary Series, Cold Heart Canyon has already melted the hearts of Savannah musicians and music fans alike. The full four-piece will take the stage this weekend. Christopher Salmon, Rachael Petit and Jenna Mobley will join Robert Green toting banjos, fiddles, bass and guitars.
“Wolves, Demons, and Drunks” uses the familiar bluegrass filter to bring across relatable stories of the present. Sometimes dark and edgy, but other times sweet and heartbreaking, Cold Heart Canyon presents stories that will poke at your soul. Green says all four band members help create what becomes their original music.
“I’m lucky to be in a group full of such talented musicians and writers,” he says. “We all contribute and collaborate with each tune. There are so many different scenarios to our processes as well. If Rachael and myself have a tune all put together, we can present it to Jenna and Chris, and they jump in perfectly like they’ve been playing the thing all along!
“Or if Rachael comes in with a tune, as she often does, we can all contribute to put in all the bells and whistles and help develop it to its most potential.”
The polished material is a result of something of an Atlanta supergroup. As local musicians often do, the boys and girls in Cold Heart Canyon stay busy with multiple bands and projects. You can find members of Cold Heart Canyon performing with Atlanta favorites City Mouse, Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentleman and The Andrea Colburn Band, among others.
“We are all involved with different projects,” Green says. “Whether they are studio gigs, productions or other bands, we definitely stay busy.”
San Francisco’s The Pine Box Boys are creating a buzz with their fifth album, “The Feast of Three Arms.” Originally started as a project playing exclusively old murder ballads, The Pine Box Boys have evolved into a similarly themed all-original project. Locals Waits & Co. will round out the show with their trademark rootsy good-time music.
Green says the show at The Jinx promises to be a memorable time.
“The Pine Box Boys always put on a hell of a show,” he says. “It’s always great to see Jon (Waits) and the rest of them (Waits and Co.) throw down and make a party out of the room. It’s a Friday night in one of the best-damned towns around, at the city’s best venue, and I hope that everyone will come hang with us!”
IF YOU GO
What: Cold Heart Canyon with The Pine Box Boys and Waits & Co.
When: 10 p.m. July 15
Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.