Kayne's Top 40 Songs of 2017

What Year Did You Say It Was?

2017 saw the return of some of the top indie bands of the last 20 years in fine form~~ Spoon, The National, LCD Soundsystem, The Hold Steady ( a new album please!), The New Pornographers, Grizzly Bear, Slowdive, etc. These bands are putting out some of the best music of their careers and fans and critics responded in kind (OK, there were a few former juggernauts who released new records in 2017 that didn’t work so well in my humble opinion ~see Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes).

As usual, there is no Top 40 in my Top 40, although maybe The War on Drugs is getting some mainstream radio play on the heels of their Grammy nod for Best Rock Album of the year? It’s well deserved.

But dig deeper and you’ll find a wealth of newer bands putting out fantastic music. England’s Archie Marshall (aka King Krule) is only 23 but put out one of the most flat out interesting records of the year, managing to sound like some space age combination of Joe Strummer and Miles Davis. Jazz elements also creep into Crumb’s music, another one of my favorite young bands.

Booking for Savannah Stopover has me spending a good part of each year listening to new music from up and coming bands and there’s a fair amount of worthy examples on here: Gus Dapperton, Cape Francis, Charles Fauna, Cut Worms, KOLARS, Sheer Mag, Men I Trust, Hazel English, Snail Mail, Nasau and Superorganism ( “Something For Your Mind” is an earworm). I’m excited that we’ve snagged at least 5 of these bands for Stopover 2018.

Most indie blogs/ radio stations/festivals don’t include much in the way of Americana/Country and Folk but I can’t get enough of it- in some ways, it’s my true north and as a genre, it’s on fire- with great new talent coming out of the woodwork and top producers, managers and labels lining up. Don’t miss the tracks from Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Colter Wall, and my favorite road song of 2017, “Highway Queen” by Nikki Lane.

And can we have a moment to pause and talk about Canada? While I wasn’t crazy about the new Arcade Fire record ( I just think they’re capable of better), the rest of the Canadian Music scene blew me away this year. Six of the 40 tracks on this list are from Canadian bands: The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, Weaves, Destroyer, Men I Trust and Alvvays (who just killed it on their Sophomore album). Oh, Can-a-da!

I try not to get too, too hung up on which is song is #1 vs #6 or #13. In fact, I had a really hard time choosing from among the top 5 (what a breakout year for Big Thief!), but in the end the #1 nod goes to St. Vincent’s “New York”, one of those songs that punches you in the gut no matter how many times you’ve heard it. Never has the use of “mother fucker” sounded so damn sexy.

Enjoy! And get ready~~ 12 of these bands are playing Stopover 2018!

Rising Outlaw Country Star Colter Wall added to Stopover 2018 Lineup!

Just in time for the Holidays, we've got a little gift for all you music lovers. Colter Wall is burning up year end 'Best Of 2017' lists and selling out shows from New York to Nashville — and we're thrilled to announce he'll be playing Savannah Stopover on Saturday, March 10th. 

 “A blend of Woody Guthrie folk, Bob Dylan storytelling and Townes Van Zandt despair, all delivered in a deeper-than-Cash baritone, Colter Wall is a mesmerizing album.”—Rolling Stone

A holiday gift from Savannah Stopover to you...

Colter Wall will embark on his largest headline tour to date in 2018 including Savannah Stopover Music Festival! 

The tour follows a breakout year for Wall, which included over 40 sold out shows and saw the release of his acclaimed self-titled debut album. The record—produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb—landed on “Best of 2017” lists at Rolling Stone, Paste and UPROXX, who praised, “…this self-titled slow burner is surprisingly fresh, full of existential dread and gorgeous, meandering melodies that occasionally whip themselves up into frenzies. For all your friends who declare pop has cannibalized country, play Colter Wall for them, and watch them slip back into the outlaw past with glee.”

“With a sound that celebrates the past while adding an entirely individual spin that sets him apart from the ever-growing crowd. While many artists spend two albums finding their voice, it seems Wall was born with his, and if this record is any indication, it has a lot more to say.”
—No Depression

And don't forget, Savannah Stopover Passes
Make The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Give the gift of live music this holiday season with an advanced price VIP, Three-Day or Single-Day pass to Savannah Stopover, taking over Savannah March 8th-10th, 2018.

In addition to many of the bands you may already know, like Wild ChildLarkin Poe and Saturday headliner Of Montreal (playing March 10th at Ships of the Sea!), we can't wait for you to hear some of our new favorites like Gus Dapperton, The War and Treaty, Public Access TV, Shopping, Ratboys, Cape Francis, Vundabar and okey dokey — and you won't want to miss our Latin dance party with Combo Chimbita.

Stay tuned for the full lineup in mid-January, including ten local bands!

Check out the band pages and playlists to start getting acquainted. Who's your favorite?

Our first wave of confirmed bands for Stopover '18 is here!

Are you ready to hear what bands are going to take over our fair city from March 8th-10th? After sifting through hundreds and hundreds of submissions we are proud to announce our first 40 official bands of our 2018 lineup. See the flyer below, and check out the coverage in Brooklyn Vegan.

In addition to many of the bands you may already know, like Wild ChildLarkin Poe and Saturday headliner Of Montreal (playing March 10th at Ships of the Sea!), we can't wait for you to hear some of our new favorites like Gus Dapperton, The War and Treaty, Public Access TV, Shopping, Ratboys, Cape Francis, Vundabar and okey dokey — and you won't want to miss our Latin dance party with Combo Chimbita.

The next wave of confirmed acts, including additional headliners and local Savannah Bands, will be announced in January. More than 80 bands are expected to perform at next year's festival!

Be sure to visit the website to check out the band pages and playlists to start getting acquainted with these bands. Who's your favorite?

Tickets go on sale Nov. 30 at 12 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 30 at 12 p.m.

Our 2017 Mid-Year Playlist

Happy Memorial Weekend From Savannah Stopover!

We’re always building playlists here at Savannah Stopover. It’s how we listen and grow to love new bands. This one started before Stopover 2017 was even over and it’s been growing every day and is now 60 bands/songs strong.

As we were putting the finishing touches on it the other day, it was blasting full tilt at Kayne’s house when she noticed a squirrel out the window sitting in a tree who she swears was bopping his head and dancing to the music. It inspired our playlist title!

We thought we’d share the whole playlist as a great way to kick off summer this Memorial Day weekend. It includes our favorite spring releases ~~some bands you’ll already know, some new ones we think you’ll like and a few Stopover alums we can never stop listening to.

Have a great weekend and here’s to summer 2017!

-The Stopover Team

Spring Shows!

With Savannah Stopover behind us, you might be thinking we're taking a break. Nope, we're still going to hit you with more music this Spring, so you better be ready because we are! Check out what's coming up for April and May: 

FRIDAY, MAY 5TH: SUSTO is coming back to headline The Jinx. Fresh off their current tour with The Lumineers they'll be bringing their killer live show to Savannah on Friday, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo!) in support of their new album & I'm Fine Today.

Stopover '17 alum, Becca Mancari, will open the night. So if you missed her set at Trinity United Church on March 10th, now's your chance! She was a top festival new discovery.

May 5th, 2017 @ The Jinx
9:30pm doors
$10 tickets
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SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH: For our third 'Stopover in the Yard' of the 2017 season, The Grey has partnered up with the Savannah Bicycle Campaign with a portion of the proceeds going directly to support our favorite two wheeled Savannah organization. Special musical performance by  T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate, Diamond Rugs) and his full band Hardy And the Hardknocks! Come out for lunch, music and good times for a good cause.

Brats with all the fixin's
French Belgian Fries
Veggie Pasta Salad

Tickets for the event are $25 (Children under 10~ $15) and are available on a first come-first served basis the day of the show. Doors open at 11:30am. Tickets include a seasonally inspired menu prepared on the outdoor grill by Chef Mashama Bailey and your choice of beer, wine or Chatham Artillery Punch. If you just want to come for the concert/benefit, the cost is $15 which includes a drink.

April 8th, 2017 @ The Grey
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THURSDAY, MAY 11TH: Let's welcome back both Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass and Parker Gispert (The Whigs) to The Jinx! We had them share a bill back in November, 2015 and we loved the combination so much that we said "can we have a repeat?"!  Amythyst is en route to her first performance at Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta on Saturday, May 13th so come out and help celebrate what a great year's she had.

If you haven't seen Parker's solo set yet, you're in for a real treat. All those Whigs songs you love? Yep, he wrote 'em... and we can't wait to here some new ones.

May 11th, 2017 @ The Jinx
9:30pm doors
$10 tickets
More Info

Weekly Digest #6

Savannah Stopover Is The Underground Music Scene’s Best Kept Secret
-The Rawckus  

A Tribe Called Red (playing Friday 3/10 @ Club One)

A Tribe Called Red (playing Friday 3/10 @ Club One)

Festival Updates:

  • This year’s Festival Headquarters (HQ!) will be located at 38 Barnard Street between Broughton Street and Congress Street. Operating hours below. Don’t forget, all pre-purchased or awarded tickets have to be exchanged for wristbands!

Your First Stopover? The Rawckus hits the nail on the head with what makes Stopover unique and special in this wonderful festival preview: Rawckus Magazine

A Tribe Called Red Releases Music Video for “Indian City” on Fader

“Some of us have found our way first through beats, breaking and turntablism, only to find it leading us back to our roots,” states A Tribe Called Red in an email to Fader magazine.

In their music video for “Indian City,” this concept of an artistic “pilgrimage” is on full display, leaving no room to doubt the beauty of blending one’s past with scenes of the present.

Watch and read more about the message behind the stunning visuals below. ATCR play Club One Friday night at 12:30AM. Article on Fader

Also, be sure to watch their fantastic 15 minute profile on CTV News.

Lillie Mae Rische gives us EVERYTHING… AND THEN SOME

Yesterday, Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and musician, Lillie Mae Rische announced the release of her debut album Forever and Then Some, produced by Jack White (out April 14th on Third Man Records) and dropped the first single, “Over the Hill and Through the Woods” accompanied by its scenic visuals.

But that's not all! Beginning today, the lead single will be available as a vinyl 7” at thirdmanstore.com!

We’re all buzzing here at the Stopover office for what we’re in for during her set this year! Lillie Mae plays Trinity United Church Friday, 3/10 at 6:30pm.

Get all the details on Paste Magazine.

River Whyless Drops Powerful Women's March Visuals for “Fortunate Son” Cover

Where strong vocals meet strong visuals, a project that is Americana to its core is created.

Watch River Whyless’ cover of the classic 60s protest song, “Fortunate Son”. And catch their set Saturday, March 11th at 5pm at Trinity United Church.

Molly Burch Releases Please Be Mine

Filled with retro vibes and soft yet encapsulating vocals, Please Be Mine, will have you feeling as if Molly Burch has been here before. An utterly refreshing blast from the past, the LP is one of those special projects that you really want to play all the way through with each listen.

Whether you're playing it on your ride home or using it as the soundtrack to your post-work unwinding session, it's hard not to think, “Wow, this is just a debut?”

We can't wait to see what else is in store for Burch as we gear up for her performance this Stopover! Molly Burch plays upstairs at  Wild Wing Saturday, 3/11 at 9:30pm.

Read what others have to say about Please Be Mine:

Walker Lukens New Song “Where Is Thunder Road?”

What do you get when you combine soul singer, Walker Lukens, and Spoon drummer, Jim Eno? A head-jerking, toe-tapping, full-body swinging, blues joint!

Stream the track and get ready for a performance that'll blow you away this Stopover! Walker Lukens plays El-Rocko Lounge Friday, 3/10 at 12AM.
Article on Uproxx

Weekly Digest #6 Playlist: