Trea Landon is playing his first gig in the Savannah area, but with Southern Georgia roots, he has visited the Hostess City plenty in his 20 years. Growing up in Guyton, Landon has until recently been a student at Georgia Southern University, squeezing in gigs between classes and studying. However, he's joined the BMI publishing family and is now a full-time musician. His untitled first album is slated to come out in October. He began landing gigs three years ago, at the ripe age of 17, but the BMI opportunity could be the beginning of a whole new world. "My current manager, Nathan Queen, played a few of my songs for some of his friends in Nashville. Those contacts in turn encouraged me to speak with BMI, and the rest is history," Landon said. If his hobbies are any indication, then Landon could be a country star. "Growing up in the Lowcountry allows me to live the things I write about," he said. "My inspiration for writing songs comes from the experiences in my life - from riding dirt roads with my friends, hunting and fishing with my grandpa and everything in between."
IF YOU GO
What: Trea LandonWhen: 9 p.m. Aug. 31Where: Bootleggers, 1017 E. Hwy. 80, Suite 8, PoolerCost: FreeInfo: www.trealandonmusic.com"The first single on the album is named 'Ten' and seeing as how there are 10 songs on the album, I'm leaning towards using that as the title ..." Landon said. To get the word out, Landon plans to take over the Southeast region, including his show Aug. 31 at Bootleggers in Pooler and a performance at Pirate Fest on Tybee in October. His band members have more than 50 years of combined playing experience, and he has "been singing for longer than I can even remember. My mom has a video of me singing a George Strait song when I was only 3." So what can showgoers expect? "My shows are energetic," Landon said. "I have a great band supporting me and we play original content as well as cover everyone from Brantley Gilbert to Billy Ray Cyrus." Shawndra Russell is a digital strategist and is also the Savannah correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide. Read more about her work at www.shawndrarussell.com.