Ol Savannah

Part of our bluesy Thursday night line-up: Blues Legends

Based in Montreal, Canada, this incredible ‘Hillbilly’ band are unlike anything else you are ever likely to hear, partly due to the blend of instruments on which the beautiful sound of an accordion has just as big a part to play as banjo and guitar, but also thanks to the vocals! Lead vocalist Speedy Johnson’s voice gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘gravelly,’ with ‘whiskey soaked,’ ‘Tom Waitsian,’ and any number of other descriptions being just as inadequate, although Waits is probably the nearest, but only if he was playing a strange eerie kind of hillbilly music!

Bartleby J. Budde and Speedy Johnson founded Ol’ Savannah in the winter of 2008. The duo began performing Piedmontese acoustic tunes on smaller stages, while honing in on a style of blues influenced first by Mississippi John Hurt and Fred McDowell.

Now consisting of 5 members with 3 albums and 2 EPs, Ol’ Savannah have exchanged the quieter sounds of Piedmont for the violent tides of the Delta and the haunting airs of the Appalachian mountains.

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