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Sister Sound Showcase to benefit Savannah's community radio station

  • STACE
  • Josephine Johnson
  • Cc Witt (Photo by Michael Grafton Photography)
  • Sarah Poole (Photo by Tarah Sloan Photography)
 

Sister Sound Showcase to benefit Savannah's community radio station

18 Oct 2017

Although the Savannah music community has long been imbued with talented female musicians, rarely does the city get to experience a women-centric musical showcase.

Singer/songwriter, writer, teacher and radio show host Josephine Johnson is hoping to change that with a benefit show that features a wide range of Savannah-based female musicians in one place.

The Sister Sound Showcase will feature Johnson alongside CC Witt, Sarah Poole and STACE at House of Strut on Oct. 20. The event couples the main theme of Johnson’s radio show, Sister Sound on WRUU 107.5, with a benefit for the community radio station on which her show airs.

WRUU, a project of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, was years in the making. Earlier this year, the low-power FM station began broadcasting. The truly community radio station features a wide range of shows, dealing with a host of different topics, mostly music related.

Johnson pitched the idea of doing a show focused on women in music and business from the Savannah community.

“I started doing the show, and I think Sarah was my very first guest,” Johnson said. “CC came along at the end of May. They’re incredible; I just really love their music. I really enjoyed being around them.

“WRUU is a community radio station and we’re all volunteers that work there. This is a benefit for the radio station. We’re so bare bones. There’s one board and I am the engineer, and the host and the researcher.”

When it came time to find a venue, House of Strut was the perfect partner. Celebrating two years this fall, the vintage clothing store in the Starland District is owned and operated by Erica Jarman. While they focus on women’s clothing, the store is packed from front to back with vintage wear for everyone. Since its inception, House of Strut has featured local musicians on a regular basis, playing host to an assortment of shows over the years. The brand has recently ventured into the music business, starting a label as well.

“I can’t say enough about her,” Johnson said. “Erica was totally on board.”

The Sister Sound Showcase will kick off around 8 p.m. Along with hosting, Johnson will open the bill with her uplifting, ukulele-helmed folk music. A SCAD graduate who recently moved back to Savannah from California, Johnson embedded herself in the community quickly after returning. You can find her playing local bars and venues on a regular basis, and of course, on the radio from 1-2 p.m. each Sunday.

Poole, a singer/songwriter whose stunning voice dips comfortably from folk to ’90s-era rock, has released two EPs and fronts the rock band Ember City. STACE released her debut album this year, “Unraveling.” Reminiscent of early aughts alternative rock, STACE’s power ballads will hit your heartstrings.

“STACE is from Savannah,” Johnson said. “She’s really under the radar. She has a great story. She’s married. She has three children. She’s a little later in life, which I think is wonderful. She recorded an album in Charleston with Hybrid Audio Solutions. It’s more in the vein of Evanescence. I liked her and enjoyed her.”

Witt will be pulling double duty on show day, playing the Statesboro Fair then making the trek back to Savannah to close out the Sister Sound Showcase. Witt emerged on the scene several years ago as the frontwoman of Lyn Avenue, backed by Patrick Ellington. Witt’s charming songs are laden with pop-country sensibilities, accented by a deep appreciation of traditional country music.

For $10, the Sister Sound Showcase is a not only a unique opportunity to see several of the community’s talented female musicians in one place, but also a chance to help our only community radio station. Beer will also be available via donations for drinking-aged patrons.

“All the funds go to WRUU,” Johnson said. “For the tower repair and software. We work on rubber bands and duct tape there. I mean that in the most honorable way. It’s DIY. Shout-out to [program director] Dave Lake. He really does a lot.”

IF YOU GO

What: Sister Sound Showcase to benefit WRUU

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: House of Strut, 17 W. 41st St.

Cost: $10, free for kids 12 and younger

Info: wruu.org

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