Local favorites from Athens, Futurebirds, will return to Savannah for a special concert to kick off the 2015 Savannah Stopover season.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at Southbound Brewing Company, where Southbound will release the Futurebirds' very own small batch Biere de Garde just for the show. The beer was named Johnny Brewtah following a naming contest on Facebook.
Tickets include admission to the show, a souvenir pint glass and tastings of Southbound beers, including Johnny Brewtah. Designated driver tickets are also available.
Other Stopover alumni returning for the concert are this mountain and Amythyst Kiah, both of Johnson City, Tenn.
According to drummer Andrew Gibbens, this mountain is a folk rock band, with the emphasis on rock.
"We're changing even more with the new stuff we're writing," he adds.
He says the band formed in 2010 and also features Matt Martin, lead vocals and guitar; Zach Chandley, vocals, lead guitar and banjo; Patrick Taylor, banjo, vocals, slide guitar and keys; Taylor Green, vocals, bass and keys; and Cody Ledford, cello and bass.
The group recently released their sophomore album, "Still Waters," and they were able to raise funds through a Kickstarter campaign to produce a vinyl release of the album.
Savannah artist Tiffani Taylor contributed to the album cover artwork by painting the title and track listing.
According to Gibbens, the band's set list will include a few of their older tunes, but will mostly focus on material from "Still Waters."
"Everyone that's heard the album loves it," he says.
Gibbens adds the band enjoys their visits to Savannah and the love they have been shown by the people at MusicFile Productions, the group responsible for Savannah Stopover and Revival Fest.
"Being in Savannah is very relaxing. It's pretty slow there, but it's pretty slow where we are too, so we like it," he says. "All the people we worked with from Stopover are great folks."
And this mountain is not the only band Gibbens will perform with during the concert. He will join Taylor, Martin and Green to back up Amythyst Kiah.
"The four of us from the band that live together get to be her back-up band when it works out," he says. "More frequently we are doing shows as a band, and it's been a great thing to be able to work with another Johnson City musician."
The band headlines as Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass, and the group performed for the first time together at Revival Fest in 2013.
Kiah is responsible for lead vocals, guitar and banjo and describes her sound as Southern roots music.
"... Roots music is basically anything that is connected to roots music - country blues, mountain ballads, any kind of music that has roots in the rural South.
"I studied old-time music at East Tennessee State University, where I played in an old-time string band there, and I got a lot of experience listening to older recordings," Kiah says. "But I kind of like to keep myself open to other genres because I like all kinds of music."
Kiah says she plans to play mostly original songs and music from her album, "Dig."
"I also plan to do a cover of 'Jolene.' People get excited about that. I do an interesting cover of that song."