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Homegrown Savannah: City Hotel celebrates new album with party at Southbound


Homegrown Savannah: City Hotel celebrates new album with party at Southbound

25 Feb 2015

After listening to the track “Dogged Days” off City Hotel’s new album, it’s clear the Savannah band has once again pulled my heart strings — no pun intended.

Each string Cory Chambers plucks on the mandolin in the album’s title track makes it easy to fall fast for this group, which also includes Jay Rudd on banjo, Anthony Teixeira on upright bass and Aaron Zimmer on guitar.

City Hotel, one of Savannah’s premier folk/Americana/bluegrass bands, has worked to make their music accessible. They have the ability to cross over, allowing listeners time to meditate on their sounds and undoubtedly turning many into fans.


What: City Hotel album release concert

When: 8-11 p.m. Feb. 27

Where: Southbound Brewing Company, 107 E. Lathrop Ave.

Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the door; includes souvenir glass and koozie


City Hotel is that band you want to have over to play for your family and friends.

They are as easygoing as your favorite pair of jeans, and for that reason, you will find yourself playing their album over and over again. “Dogged Days” features eight original tracks and three covers, including an Ernie Palmer tune and “Right Hand On My Heart” by The Whigs.

The band will celebrate the new album with a concert Feb. 27 at Southbound Brewing Company. Working with the brewers, City Hotel created a special beer to celebrate “Dogged Days.” They named their creation The Judge, a Belgian amber ale named after a track off the album.

When asked what partygoers can expect, Zimmer says: “We will have custom glassware and koozies made for the party. First set, we will play through the entire album, then second set will be a big band dance party with Anders Thomsen (guitar), Colleen Heine (fiddle) and Chris Fullerton (drums). It will be a great event.”

City Hotel was recently picked up by Athens-based management service Handpicked Artists. This agency is dedicated to booking acts throughout the country, and they also work with local bands The Train Wrecks and The Accomplices. City Hotel will be touring in the spring and summer season, so make sure to keep an eye out for the listings.

I recommend “Dogged Days” as the soundtrack for Savannah’s summer season. See you poolside!


Adriana Iris Boatwright is a photographer and lifestyle blogger residing in Savannah. She’s in love with the oaks, the arts and the people in the city. Learn more at