Mutual Benefit and J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers Added To Spring Shows

We wanted to share with you two additions to our on-going MusicFile Productions/Savannah Stopover Spring Concert list:

Thursday, April 10th: J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers (Thinc Savannah, Year of the Local Event)
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The Dirt Daubers were formed by Legendary Shack Shakers front man, artist, director and country punk pioneer J.D. Wilkes in 2009 with his wife Jessica. Wilkes’ “gothic preacher” persona and frantic blues harmonica whips their live shows into a frenzy, trading lead vocal duties with his feminine foil.
J.D. and Jessica are joined by electric guitarist Rod Hamdallah and drummer Preston Corn. Smoky baritone sax grooves are provided by Tom Waits’ sideman Ralph Carney, with piano played by Wilkes himself – delving deeper into the bluesy recesses of American music. They will be playing ThincSavannah‘s “Year of the Local” event which is open to the public ($20) with food from Forsyth’s Farmer’s Market22 Square and local brews included.

Saturday, May 10th: Mutual Benefit (full band) @ Ampersand

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Mutual Benefit’s full length debut album was one of the most heralded of 2013, earning s slot in Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of the year. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Nick Drake, The Antlers and  Sufjan Stevens, it’s gorgeous, baroque pop for the collaborative new millennium. We’re thrilled that the band will ‘stop over’ in Savannah after playing Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta on May 9th.

Jordan Lee has spent the last few years moving from Ohio to Austin to Boston, and most recently Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with friends’ groups, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one-man-band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. After releasing various limited edition EPs and playing scores of house shows, Lee completed his debut album, Love’s Crushing Diamond, a record of lush, watery, pop songs, pieced together over the past several years and inspired by the kinetic energy, goodbyes, and blurred landscapes of life on the road. The songs are heartfelt and powerful with Lee’s fragile and beautiful voice as the centerpiece, and the recordings are an instantly engaging blend of high and low fidelity, mixing lush studio productions, featuring keys, guitar, violin and banjo, with clattering homemade percussion and found sounds. While Lee is certainly the brainchild throughout, the album is very much a collaborative effort featuring contributions by friends and others met along the way.

Magic Man Cancels Stopover Show

We are disappointed to announce that Magic Man has cancelled their performance at the 2014 Savannah Stopover Music Festival. The band recently received an opportunity to perform at a SXSW Interactive event in Austin, TX on March 8th and have elected to break their contract with Savannah Stopover in order to do so. Please refer any questions regarding this matter to their Management/Press contact: email

Baltimore’s Sun Club has graciously stepped in and offered to play a second show at Savannah Stopover… and they are pumped and ready to party. They’ll take over Magic Man’s slot at 12 midnight on March 8th at Club One.

If you haven’t caught them yet, get ready for an insanely good time:

A huge thank you to them for rising to the occasion and helping us out.

Stopover HQ Opens March 3rd!

This year, Savannah Stopover Festival Headquarters is located at 201 W. Broughton Street  - that’s the corner of Broughton and Barnard. Starting March 3rd, concertgoers can purchase Stopover Passes in person at HQ, and you will also be able to redeem the tickets you bought online for your festival wristbands and badges. Find more info on ticket redemption here.

You will also be able to buy official Stopover t-shirts and posters at HQ.

Festival HQ will open at noon on Monday, March 3 – hours for the entire week can also be found at the link above. Make sure to stop by, because every great Stopover adventure starts here!


Some Lineup and Schedule Changes

We’re heading into the homestretch with Stopover and keeping fluid is our middle name! We’ve had some bands who had to cancel their tours to SXSW and therefore Stopover. We’ve replaced them, added a couple of great new bands and shifted a few shows around. The Stopover schedule is always up to date here on the website, so make sure you check it for the latest and greatest.

Born Cages
Sun Club

Coke Weed

2nd Shows Added:
Los Colognes

Schedule Shifts:
Juan Wauters
Spirit Animal
Heavenly Beat
These changes are all reflected in the official festival schedule here. Any other last-minute adjustments will be communicated via Facebook, Twitter and here on the website.

Stopover Bands on NPR’s First Listen!

There’s a lot of new music coming from Stopover bands in the next few weeks before the festival.  As part of that trend, NPR Music First Listen is featuring advances of two of the most anticipated of these releases from St. Paul and the Broken Bones, who will play our Opening Night Event on Thursday, March 6th at Moon River’s Beer Garden (album out Feb. 18) and Hurray For the Riff Raff who will play Moon River on Saturday, March 8th (album out Feb. 11).

Click the links below to listen to the full albums:

St. Paul and the Broken Bones first listen

“I’ve watched as St. Paul and the Broken Bones became one of the nation’s best live bands. Every crowd is bigger; nearly every listener locks in and becomes a raving fan. Now, the group is releasing a debut album that’s an ideal counterpart to those frenetic shows. Produced by Ben Tanner, keyboardist for the Alabama Shakes, Half the City is the album you put on after the night’s done, to chill out, make out or cry into that last drink you pour in the kitchen. It’s also the one you reach for the morning after, because you just have to memorize those grooves.”-ANN POWERS, NPR

Hurray for the Riff Raff first listen

“Hurray for the Riff Raff makes folk music that’s deeply traditional in many ways: Its instrumentation is collaborative and feels spontaneous and site-specific, perpetually more concerned with making a joyful noise than with making a radio-friendly pop song. But the band is also deeply radical, enacting change at the root of its own traditions and influences….

As a group, Hurray for the Riff Raff is, and has always been, proof that millennials are not lazy or unobservant or wandering — or, more accurately for the famously peripatetic Segarra, that not all who wander are lost. She has a voice rooted in history, making music to change the present. Hers is the voice of the future.”-KATIE PRESLY, NPR