Second Saturdays Songwriters Circle continues this month with local bluegrass talents Johnny Tanner, Kevin Wykoff and Desiree Shaffer.
Tanner is well-known as a member of The Borrowed Time Band. His original composition, “Wake Up John,” was the 2011 winner of the prestigious Chris Austin songwriting contest, which is hosted by MerleFest music festival.
Wykoff, a West Virginia native, is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the popular Florence insurgent bluegrass group Slug’s Revenge. He is widely celebrated for his lightning fast finger picking style and punk rock ethos.
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Shaffer grew up in Quinby and is known throughout Florence for her depression era, babydoll fashion sense and sweet traditional vocal stylings. She is the bassist for Slug’s Revenge and also a talented songwriter and gifted lyicist.
Each Songwriters Circle features three singer-songwriters who perform their favorite original compositions and share the stories behind the songs they wrote in a unique, collaborative atmosphere.
The series is the brainchild of Missy Jones, owner of Yonder Music, and Sloane Spencer, owner of Country Fried Rock, who wanted to create a new kind of music outlet in Florence that would highlight talented songwriters and allow them to showcase their original works. Both Jones and Spencer are Railroad Junction Art Collective consigners, and wished to contribute a music-based program to the cooperative’s robust menu of arts offerings.
- Traci Bridges, The Morning News