Savannah Stopover Music Festival is still a month away, but the indie festival has booked three promising February gigs.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter Martin Sexton will play the first of the festival pre-shows on Feb. 8 at The Jinx.

I knew little about Sexton before seeing him at The Wormhole in 2014. The club was packed with reverent fans, most of whom I had never seen at a Savannah show before, and Sexton’s powerful, resonant voice filled the space.


Martin Sexton is simply an extraordinary live performer.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Sexton has forged his own path in the music business. He personally sold 20,000 copies of “In the Journey,” a 1992 album recorded on 8-track.

He has consistently released records ever since and launched his own label in 2002. His lengthy resume includes collaborations with John Mayer and Peter Frampton and appearances at the Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo.

If you are not familiar with Sexton’s work, you might want to listen first to one of his relatively recent live albums.

On the 2012 recorded “Live At the Fillmore,” which was of course recorded during a performance at the famous San Francisco club Sexton’s vocal range, intensity and songwriting are immediately obvious in the first track, “Candy.”


Or check out the richness of a song like “Hallelujah” on the 2017 album “Live at the Belly Up,” recorded in San Diego.

Boston-based singer-songwriter Chris Trapper will open for Sexton.

More than half the tickets for Sexton’s show had been sold as of press time, so it seems likely the performance will sell out in advance. If you are hoping to see Sexton at an intimate club like The Jinx, you should snag a ticket ($25) via Ticketfly right away.

Savannah Stopover’s upcoming festival pre-shows will be headlined by Liz Cooper & The Stampede on Feb. 15, and JD McPherson on Feb. 23. I highly recommend both shows. Tickets are now available via Ticketfly. 

Savannah Stopover has also booked the excellent rock trio Slothrust for a May 9 show at The Jinx.


Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( and hissing lawns ( Email