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Justin Fedor of The New Familiars and Ancient Cities

Justin Fedor (Fee-door)

Genre – americana singer/songwriter 

NC’s Justin Fedor has been writing and singing songs, traveling the US with Alt-Country Rockers, The New Familiars, for nearly a decade. The band’s founding member, he’s worn many hats both as a songwriter and also as a multi-instrumentalist; playing guitar, mandolin, and most of the banjo in the studio. A lover of music, his songs dangle between Appalachian roots and outlaw country with a tinge of psychedelia, while his “smooth and driven by emotion” (Creative Loafing) vocals carry the grit that only growing up southern can teach. In one form or another over the years whether with The New Familiars, playing solo, or joining longtime friend and traveling troubadour, Ian Thomas; he’s shared the bill with legends including Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Del McCoury and more. In recent years he’s devoted much of his time to organizing the “Tribute to Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital”, a concert series at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre that raises thousands of dollars for the hospital. He’s also begun touring as bass player for psychedelic rockers, Ancient Cities who have been featured at many of the region’s top festivals as well as on TBS’s “Cougar Town” starring Courteney Cox. Currently he is working on his solo album, produced by bandmate, Stephen Warwick.

Visit Justin on the Web, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

 

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AJ Ghent Band

I had the privilege of photographing the AJ Ghent Band at the Savannah Music Festival’s 2015 Season Announcement party at the Charles H. Morris Center.

If you missed the event, don’t worry… they are coming back to Savannah for a 2015 Savannah Music Festival appearance on Thursday, March 19th at the Ships of the Sea North Garden sharing a double bill with Americana and blues band The Wood Brothers.

“The AJ Ghent Band is an American band that spans the genres of southern rock, blues, soul and funk music– fusing together what front man (slide steel guitarist) AJ Ghent calls “Southern Soul.” When AJ takes his band to the stage, there is charm, charisma and a sound that is nothing short of innovative, electrifying, precise yet sensual, and heart-captivating. Often referred to by fans as Prince and James Browns’ musical love child, AJ and his singing guitar are guaranteed to catapult the band straight to the top of the music world.”

They also have a debut album coming out in the Spring, so be sure to check it out.

For more info and tickets, visit http://www.savannahmusicfestival.org/2015-performances/the-wood-brothersaj-ghent-band.php

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“Come Rain or Come Shine” Savannah Music Festival 2015

These are some promotional shots I did for the trio performance “Come Rain or Come Shine” which will be featured at next years Savannah Music Festival. For tickets and inquiries please visit http://www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

“A mainstay of nearly every festival, this year’s original SMF cabaret production comes with the arrival of two new singers in Savannah. Musical theatre/opera star Kurt Ollmann first came to prominence singing on a recording of West Side Story under Leonard Bernstein with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras and Marilyn Horne. Ollmann has since sung with leading opera companies and orchestras throughout America and Europe. Sharing this three-day run of “Come Rain or Come Shine” is another new Savannahian, J.J. Hobbs, who performs in multiple styles and genres, from opera and art song to musical theatre and jazz. Hobbs has worked with the Atlanta Opera under William Fred Scott, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw, and has performed lead roles with the Baltimore Opera Company and Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Ollmann and Hobbs will also be joined by special guest Rebecca Flaherty, a classically-trained soprano who performs, teaches and advocates for the vocal arts throughout the Lowcountry. The program will range from the sultry, bluesy ballads of Harold Arlen to the urbane wit of Stephen Sondheim by way of old-time specialty songs like “Hard-Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah),” all with intimate conversational patter that is personal, comedic and endearing.”

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The Train Wrecks

The Train Wrecks have a new album coming out in November (We Roll On) and I was lucky enough to get to shoot some promo shots for them. I was also fortunate enough to hear a sneak preview of the songs, and let me say, this is a must have CD or Vinyl. “A musical force from the moss-draped Old South, The Train Wrecks are a hard-working band of songwriters and performers who love nothing more than good songs and a good show. They deliver a dynamic, original blend of Americana- ranging from outlaw alt-country and bluegrass to rootsy rock and beyond, all with a distinctive Southern swagger.” Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/thetrainwrecksband and get the new album at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/ttwnewalbum.

 

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