Dodd Ferrelle has lived and worked in Athens since the 1990s but keeps a close connection with his native Savannah.
Ferrelle began playing guitar and writing songs with local garage bands when he was about 15. Savannah provides inspiration for many of his songs, and he will return Saturday for a long-awaited performance.
Savannah Morning News: It's been a while since you've been back to Savannah. What have you been up to?
Dodd Ferrelle: "This may take a while. I just released a stripped-down folksy/rock solo record called 'Sucker Punch Town' and I am in the middle of recording a new record with the band. I still call them records because that pretty much sums it up, so I hope that translates nowadays.
"We are recording this record with Athens legends David Barbe and past-Grammy nominee John Keane, and so far it has been a blast. The band has become so much fun and so tight that we are in the process of taking my name off the front and coming up with an official band name.
"This is the first time I have opened up the songwriting to the group, so that should also tell you something. These guys are great and we have truly written this new album as a group.
"I brought in a bunch of rough ideas and we honed them into songs as a band. Each member contributed to chiseling out each song. We are all thrilled with the songs and really excited to get the album finished and available to the public."
SMN: Tell us about the new band. Who's in it? How long have you all been together?
Ferrelle: "The band consists of longtime friend and musical partner Tim Adams, who has moved to bass; Marcus Thompson on guitar; Adam Poulin on fiddle; and Taylor Sproull on drums. They have been backing me up for a couple of years now on the solo stuff, but it has been such a great experience that we have truly become a band."
SMN: What will be on your upcoming recording? All original songs?
Ferrelle: "All of the songs are originals. We are recording 14 or 15 new tracks."
SMN: What other projects do you have coming up?
Ferrelle: "I have recently recorded the soundtrack to a short documentary about the Cockspur Lighthouse and will begin work very soon on the soundtrack to a full length documentary about the pirate Blackbeard.
"I had the idea for and have co-written a film script that will begin shooting in late 2013. I may have a role in the film but will definitely contribute to the soundtrack to that one, as well.
"There is a children's group called the Happy Hands Band that I recently put together, and we are working on two music videos for Georgia Public TV. You can check that out at www.thehappyhandsband.com.
"My wife and favorite artist Cameron Bliss Ferrelle and I are also finishing up a children's book to go along with the band. The book is called 'If You Were a Jellybean' and it will be an interactive learning/historical document of a child's favorite colors, foods, animals, things and so on that parents can keep and read when they are all grown up.
"There are a couple of other big projects for TV that I am working on that I will keep secret for now."
SMN: What will your fans in Savannah hear from you this time?
Ferrelle: "Savannah can expect a complete history of the last 20 years. We will play songs from 'A Carriage on the Hill' all the way through this year's 'Sucker Punch Town' and into the new album tentatively titled 'Sharing Umbrellas.'
"You can also expect songs from the 'Sweet Lowland' CD, which is a tribute to Savannah and Tybee Island. I can't wait to play for the hometown crowd."
IF YOU GO
What: Dodd Ferrelle
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mojo's Juke Joint, 305 W. River St.