Singer-songwriter A.M. Rodriguez returns to Savannah this week in support of his debut full-length album “High on the Farm.”
The new record, which was recorded live earlier this year, spotlights the gritty vocals and provocative songwriting that made the Texas-born Rodriguez a staple of the Savannah scene in the years when he lived here.
In “Songs I Wrote in Bars,” one of my favorite tracks on the new album, Rodriguez wryly explores a variety of perilous temptations of the scene. The arresting images in songs like “Pretty Long Way to Fall” and “Women in the Morning” suggest complex stories of loss and longing.
Rodriguez will be joined at The Jinx and for several other shows across Georgia by Philadelphia-based musician Mark Lanky, who has been influenced by classic country performers like Ray Price and Jim Reeves.
Lafayette, a Savannah-based band comprised of Ethan Stewart and Susanna Kennedy, will also be on the bill with A.M. Rodriguez and Mark Lanky on June 14 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. The cover will be $5.
The music typically gets rolling at The Jinx after 10 p.m.
There are plenty of other great shows in the area this week, including two nights with The High Divers from 8 to 10 p.m. on June 12 and 13 at The Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room, 1297 May River Rd., Bluffton .Expect to hear songs from The High Divers’ excellent new EP “Ride with You.”
The Charleston-based rock foursome has played some big rooms over the past five years, so it should be a real treat for fans to hear The High Divers in an intimate setting with great acoustics like The Roasting Room.
The Roasting Room often sells out, so advance purchases via the venue website are recommended.
It’s shaping up to be a busy summer for The High Divers – the band has dates in more than 20 states before the end of August.
I’ll finish this week’s column with a quick heads up about Little Tybee’s recently announced performance on June 21 at Victory North, the new venue at 2603 Whitaker St. Advance tickets ($5) are now on sale.
I will be back next week with more about Little Tybee and Victory North, but many of you will want to mark your calendars now.
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.