Joining an assembly of bands representing Southern music in all its facets are two that come to Savannah's Revival Fest via another infamous Georgia music city.
Out of the Athens' music scene, Futurebirds will headline the second annual festival produced by MusicFile Productions with a 10 p.m. show.
Following the local gypsy jazz of Velvet Caravan, Athens' Family and Friends will take the Bridge View Stage at 2:30 p.m.
Futurebirds formed in 2008, and has since taken its brand of indie rock/alt-country to the masses with performances at some of the largest festivals in the country, and beside acts like Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, The Whigs and Blitzen Trapper.
They released their second full-length album, "Baba Yaga," after a long battle with the business side of the industry to get the album released. Two years after their first EP dropped, the band was relieved to get it out.
"This album definitely feels like a big milestone for us, no question," Carter King said on the band's website.
"Just the fact that it's finally coming out feels like a milestone in itself," adds Thomas Johnson.
"It was a long and painstaking process trying to get this album out," King explained. "We got pretty discouraged, feeling like maybe it would never see the light of day, and one day I was talking to Thomas and started saying, 'God, is this record some mythical creature out in the woods that only exists in our imaginations?' Then we read about Baba Yaga, and that perfectly described how we were feeling about this record."
Helping to build the band's notoriety is a strong community of musicians and fans in the small college town that has played a pivotal role in its music scene.
Reaping from the same scene, Family and Friends has purposely built on a sense of shared camaraderie. A still relatively young band, Family and Friends joined in 2012 with a unique lineup that expands nicely on the folk rock genre.
"Growing as an artist in Athens has been great, because you have the past history of huge names that have come out of there," Family and Friends guitarist JP McKenzie said. "When we started playing music, we would go to shows and be able to see what we should be doing.
"It's cool because there's always something going on in Athens; by the same token, there's a huge appreciation for the art there," McKenzie continued. "Regardless, there's always a crowd that's going to be there, and be excited about what's going on on the stage. It's a perfect place to start and grow a band."
Frontman Mike MacDonald formed the project with two drummers, Jamie Rios and Ryan Houchens, and then added bassist Tuna Fortuna to the mix. McKenzie was added later, as well as viola player Maria Kindt.
While recording for their first EP, "Love You Mean It," they added the seventh, and possibly final member, Casey Harper, on vocals. However, they do on occasion have friends or family sit in with them.
At the center of this burgeoning band's music is a sense of sincerity. With heartfelt, intimate lyrics penned by MacDonald, the aura of their music is a rich tapestry of deep percussion, gentle viola and an array of sweet and sometimes unexpected vocals.
"I guess one thing that we all clearly talked about, that there's been a lack of sincerity in the music industry," McKenzie said. "In a way though, there's been a general trend towards sincerity. We're really excited about that. Especially in Athens. There's been this new surge of bands backing each other and helping each other out."
Other Athens groups joining the Revival Fest lineup are Packway Handle Band and T. Hardy Morris.
"That's what we wanted to foster with everything that we do," McKenzie said. "Kind of build a community around music the way there used to be."