Singer-songwriters take over Sentient Bean

With the Savannah Music Festival and Savannah Stopover behind us, the local music scene can get back to some semblance of normality.

And it's not always easy to define "normal" around here.

Any given week, we'll see local musicians performing at a variety of quirky venues and quality traveling acts appearing at a handful of key local venues.

Some of those touring musicians draw good crowds because they have already established fans and contacts in Savannah. But others come and go with little attention.

Elsewhere here in DO, you can read Anna Chandler's piece about Daniel Brewer of Besides Daniel, who has built a pretty good Savannah following over the past few years. Besides Daniel plays at The Sentient Bean on April 16.

But that's not the only promising show coming up at the Bean this week.

Kyle James Hauser, based in Louisville, Ky., will play the all-ages coffeehouse at
8 p.m. April 12.

A multi-instrumentalist who specializes in banjo, Hauser graduated from the Berklee College of Music and has shared stages with an impressive and diverse list of artists, including John Hiatt, The Infamous Stringdusters, G-Love and Special Sauce and Lucinda Williams.

Cellist Ben Sollee of Sparrow Quartet and guitarist Grant Gordy from the David Grisman Quintet appear on Hauser's 2012 debut album "Oh Oh."

There's a suggested $5 donation for Hauser's show.

Please note that touring singer-songwriters like Hauser generally have some merchandise for sale. Even a small purchase can go a long way for performers traveling from city to city on the cheap.

There's also a $5 suggested donation for Ryan Morris at the Bean at 8 p.m. April 13.

Morris, a singer-songwriter from south Texas, has often played gigs in his home state with the band Fluoxetine.

The songs available on Morris' Reverbnation page range from ballads to rock, with a couple that stray into pop.

He's got a great sound.

Although the crowds are sometimes spotty, the Bean has proved itself an indispensable venue for singer-songwriters over the years. And the evening atmosphere has improved since the coffee shop added beer and wine to the menu last year.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( He can be reached via