Guitarist and singer Garrett Deming has spent much of the last two years on the road, but he will return to Savannah for a special farewell show on June 6 at The Sentient Bean.
Deming, who is best known to local audiences as frontman for the rock band Broken Glow and as a member of the blues act Jubal Kane, lived in Savannah from 2012 to 2018, a period of intense creativity for him and his partner Sara Clash.
“We moved to Savannah alongside good friends from NYC and got involved in what was then a thriving DIY house show scene where we percolated in a stew of creative, driven weirdos like us,” Deming said. “In Savannah, I got to record on analog tape (a lifelong dream), helped organize a zine, curated events, played the blues with real cats, found radio airplay, made lifelong friends. It was really a great place for me to be.”
For this farewell show at The Sentient Bean, Deming will be performing solo with just an acoustic guitar.
“I'll be singing songs from my entire catalog, including a few from my pre-rocker days and some recent material,” Deming said. “I grew up listening to primarily acoustic music, and when I got my first guitar I was learning Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Garth Brooks songs.”
Deming told me that he “went electric” as a teenager after hearing Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, but that he has recently returned to his acoustic roots.
“I really enjoy a good storyteller, and it's much easier for me to weave a narrative and have that intimate rapport with an audience when the instrumentation is stripped down to just me and a guitar,” Deming said. “So I'll just be sitting, playing my tunes and telling the stories behind them, as though we were hanging out in my living room.”
After this final Savannah show, Deming is moving permanently to join Clash in her native Sweden.
“It's been on our mind to move there for years,” Deming said. “Now after two years on the road, I've met musicians from all over Europe, a few of whom are very keen to collaborate. Combine that with my love of the Swedish countryside and a house full of instruments waiting for me, and there's little keeping me in the States.”
Deming leaves Savannah with hopeful but cautionary advice for other creative folks.
“Savannah is a place that allows you time to work on your dream, if you're driven enough to not be distracted by the nightlife, ghost stories, the hamster wheel routines, and the evident social pecking order,” Deming said. “There is definitely something magic about this place.”
“Garrett Deming Sings Rhymes From The Road” is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. June 6 at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.
The show is free, but donations will be collected.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.