By: Christopher Horton


Savannah is a tiny town. I say this from experience in places like Columbus, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. We are a wee little town. Chances are, if you are in the music biz in any capacity you know everyone by one degree of separation. That’s a tight knit group. If you know me, for instance, you are one step away from like 30 bands, a couple promoters in three states, a couple of music instructors, a producer, a studio owner, and a radio personality.

That’s a small town for you, though.

I have been at this shit for 20 years. 20 long years of shitty gigs, great gigs, festival shows, drug problems, drinking problems, recording albums, promoting shows, helping bands, teaching guitar, making contacts, going on little tours, playing open mics, dealing with A&R guys, making merch, setting up shows for venues, selling merch…..

Name it. I’ve done it in this industry.

So I came up with a rather short list of what you should do, as a local artist or band in such a small place. I understand that if you come from rural Iowa, Savannah seems huge. I assure you, its not. And worse yet, it is a rumor-controlled scene. Which is why….

1. Never talk shit about another band. Ever. Never……ever.

This is a sure fire way to ostracize yourself. You want to be the band that never gets booked? Then talk shit about a band that you played with, or saw live at a show. Once again, everyone knows everyone. You will get caught, and then you will be shunned. People will pelt you with salad ingredients like in the dark ages.

2. Better yet, never talk to shit to anyone.

Just a good rule to live by. Dick.

3. Treat your fellow musicians with respect, regardless of who they are. In fact, go out of your way to be friendly and helpful.

A couple of years ago, I answered an ad on craigslist that simply asked “What is the rock scene like in Savannah?“. I didn’t know who posted the article, but I figured if it was someone that wanted to move here, I would write them a short note and tell them why its cool to live here and be a musician. We sent emails back and forth a few times, and finally met up to have a beer in person. That person turned out to be Garrett Deming from Broken Glow, before they officially moved here. Which in my opinion, is one of the best rock bands around. He and Paul also supported IAMSOUND (my band) and played shows with us. I will be producing their album this summer and we have all become great friends.

Same goes for my friend Ryan, who had just moved here from Detroit with his wife, and was working out at the beach at The Rock House, several years ago. The band I was in at the time, Habitat Noise played there a lot. We all hung out there together, had good times. Always nice to the people at the Rock House, I have never had a problem getting a paying show there. Ryan turned out to work in radio, and is not only a good friend, but a great ally to have in the music scene that I try very hard to support. We share a common goal for Savannah, for the scene. We want everyone here to prosper. And we have a great time doing things like Rock camp, and The Battle of the Bands together. Not to mention spreading the word about bands and shows every way we can. I almost look to Ryan as a mentor sometimes, and as inspiration for our little scene when I feel like everything here sucks. * Editors note: If you are reading this, Ryan, don’t get a big head and shit. Plenty of people think you’re a dick. :)

Or John from J&S Guitarworks. Three years ago…..My guitar was fucked up, and I took it to him after being screwed over by another luthier. After a two hour conversation about guitar nerd shit, we finally agreed on a fair price to fix my favorite guitar. I have learned a whole lot about guitars, either just by hanging out, or by watching John work on his customer’s instruments.Turns out he is not only a great friend, but the best instrument repair guy around. He has always been fair with me, and even filled in on guitar in IAMSOUND for a while. We constantly exchange favors. He is now in the recently signed band Honestlie, working on their first album. 

There’s so many more examples. But those are two that stick out because they are people I recently been around. I’m not saying be cool to people so you can use them later. That’s not ethical. I’m saying you should be cool to everyone NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE. You may be invaluable to them, or vice versa. If you want a scene to work, you have to be able to move through all the cliques, and be helpful to everyone-in turn they help you.

Once again, you never know who you are meeting in such a small town. Could be your new best friend, your new band member, your new mentor, a talented album producer, a promoter….you don’t know.

Point is: You never know what contact you may be making, or who you may be talking to. So always be…..wait. That’s my next rule….

4. Always be professional and friendly.
When you are out buying groceries. When you are mowing the lawn. When you are having a beer by yourself after work. While you are using the bathroom. EVERYWHERE. You need to always have your game face on.

Have some business cards made. They are cheap. have your bands weblinks on the card and your phone number. Have merch at your show. No matter how small. Even if it is home-made stuff. Even if it’s origami frogs with your band’s name on it. Be like a fucking Boy scout. Always be prepared.

Be enthusiastic about everyone you meet. Be genuine. If you are not genuinely a nice person-a people person, with good work ethics and morals, then this is not the business for you. Get out now. 

I repeat: If you dont live and breathe the music business, quit now. It is more than just making music and playing shows.

Really, you will fail. Being fake will get you nowhere. Even Nickleback is genuine about their goals and aspirations. They wanted to sell out big time. They did. Don’t be something you’re not.

You will also fail if you think it’s time to start living the “rock lifestyle”. This includes drinking and drugs. You do not play better when you’ve “had a few”. Fact: You play shittier. You also come across as unprofessional. The chances of you being an asshole also increases by 90% if you are intoxicated at an event. We once fired a drummer that after a show, that was so trashed that he fell off a bar stool onto a concrete floor. Not only endangering himself, and putting the bar at an insurance risk….but most of all…he looked liked a total tool. That’s not funny or cool.

Be pro with the other bands you are playing with, even if you don’t care for their music. You don’t have to like their music, the crowd does. I have played with plenty of bands who played music I didn’t like. Guess what? They were nice dudes/gals, and we had a good time hanging out at the venue.

Be pro with promoters/venue owners. These people can make or break you. You never know how much sway a promoter has in a town. And if you piss off a venue owner, you may never play there again. Easy ways to piss these types of people off:

  • Cancel a gig at short notice
  • Talk shit about them to other people
  • Talk shit about them on social media
  • Get wasted before you play, and then play a shitty show
  • Feel entitled to certain things like food, a bar tab
  • Asking for more money than you and the promoter/venue agreed on
  • Asking for money if money wasnt discussed
  • Bringing a shitty draw, or worse yet: excuses for a shitty draw
  • Not listening to the sound guy, its his/her stage
  • Spending zero time promoting the show. You should be blowing up social media, calling friends, etc.
  • Not following up with a “Thank You”.

It sounds all very elementary, but I have seen some seriously bad behavior not only from local bands in Savannah, but from touring acts as well. Lastly…..

5. Quit playing every fucking day. Really.
Really. There’s a lot of you fuckers out there that are guilty of this. Your show should be an EVENT. It should be something big and interesting, a big deal. It’s hard for your show to be a successful EVENT if you just played two other shows this week. Once again guys, this is a small town. You have a limited audience, whether it is a bigger venue or if it is a house show….it’s downright disrespectful to overplay. It screws over the venues, the promoters, but most of all… IT SCREWS YOU OVER. Example:

Two of my favorite bands are Dillinger Escape Plan, and Every Time I Die. If they had a show here on Friday, I would go and be excited as hell. I would be over the moon!
But wait…they are playing Monday night too….HELL yeah! I will see them again!! I’M so excited!

Oh…they are playing again on Thursday. I think I am going to skip this one. I mean, shit….I just saw them do the same show twice in a row. I don’t care how much I like a band, I’m not going to see them over and over.

The same goes for your local band. No one wants to see you over and over. More so actually, because you are not famous. So if you play a show on Friday night downtown, don’t play another one on Saturday…downtown. It’s a dick move that doesn’t benefit anyone.

So that’s it….sounds easy right? Get to it, Savannah.

By: Chris Horton 11150533_10206452837937318_5240856775256058722_n


“A Dive bar with class”
The Wormhole started about 8 years ago, with very humble beginnings. A self described “dive” bar. While it retains it’s humble atmosphere, it has also become one of the best venues to see shows. They have open mic, local bands, national bands, comedy night, great bar food, couches to hang out with your friends…There is literally something for everyone.

That’s why it’s so sad that they have (as well as Graveface Records across/down the street) recently had to deal with noise complaints. Even up to dealing with litigation, in court. Currently, they are sitting on an order to shut down the live music. That is, unless they can raise the funds to soundproof the venue. There will be plenty of info at the end of this article to tell you how you can help.

I got to speak with owner/operator Amy Stafford about how she feels about The Wormhole. I could have asked her about the court dates, and the struggles as of late. But I want everyone to know more than that. I want you all to hear how much she loves her business, her bands, her employees, and her neighborhood.

I remember “year one” of the Wormhole. It has come such an incredibly long way. What made you want to open the venue in the first place? 

I like to travel, and it seemed that most cities usually had a cool dive music bar off the beaten path, booking in an “anything goes” kind of way. I wanted to bring this format to Savannah. The Jinx, and former Velvet Elvis, thankfully provided a place for some of the top music for some of the longing fans like myself, but I felt Savannah had enough potential to add another stage into the mix, to book shows that didn’t make it into the other venues schedule, and to grow the scene further. There were many good shows passing Savannah due to lack of available venues, and there were lots of locals who didn’t get to play on a professional stage very often. We had full bands trying to book poorly equipped coffee houses and such just to make do. I started out as a DIY promoter and found that the lack of venue thwarted the efforts of promoters. By the time you rented a space and sound equipment, the budget was already blown, before you even got into booking bands and advertisement. I felt like a space that was already set up with stage and sound system would help promoters and take care of half of their work. Plus, like I said, I’m a huge music fan so it’s been a labor of love.

You have had some great opportunities to book some huge bands (Band of Horses, Kylesa, Thrill Kill Kult) yet the Wormhole always retains a friendly, “no ego-everyone welcome” environment. It always feels like home when you walk in. Is that what you always envisioned? Was that the dream?
The neighborly vibe has always been in the design from the very beginning. I wanted to create a place that was welcoming and encouraging. I didn’t want it to be a place where only one genre of music or one type of person was found. I go over this mission with each new employee, and make sure that I hire people who are friendly, and open minded to all genres and see talent for talent. One of the many reasons I chose a neighborhood location is because I didn’t want to end up needing that tough-guy downtown mentality to keep the peace. I wanted to have the neighborhood watering hole vibe. All of our regulars are also our neighbors. And I try to be as accommodating as possible, from booking bands at various points in their development (from headliners to noobs,) to offering drinks like “mocktails” for music lovers that don’t drink, gluten free beer or meeting other dietary concerns.
There are many musicians that I have personally heard call The Wormhole their “favorite stage to play” and “the best sound system in Savannah”. Some of these musicians were local, some were out of town bands. How does that make you feel?
It’s really awesome to hear that, because the sound and stage took a while to develop. It didn’t start out that way; because of some budget issues in the beginning, we had to turn away the equipment recommended for us through an advisement with Bryan Bailey (spell?) of Stage Front. We couldn’t get that equipment, but luckily my friends lent me equipment and we were able to piece-meal a system out of it to have our very first show! And over time, I upgraded and added on until it’s become very professional and offers the quality that musicians deserve to show their talent. I’m also lucky that I had Jeff Neugebauer join the team as sound engineer a few years ago, and he really took it under his wing and developed the pro stage that it is today. However, it’s a never-ending process and Jeff is always learning more and coming up with ways to improve the stage and what he can offer to performers.
The Starland district as a whole has seen a resurgence of great local businesses, do you feel almost like a “pioneer” since you had one of the first places in the area to open up? 
I do think of us as a pioneer! Back in the Day Bakery was the only other business in the area at the time. There was no Foxy Loxy, Green Truck, Graveface, Florence, or any of the others. Even the store across from us became abandoned for many years and was a terrible eye-sore. I’m really glad that all these creative and awesome businesses have chosen Starland like us, because it’s a great neighborhood, and I love feeling like a family with those other businesses. Everyone use to tell me that I was crazy for opening in this area, but I saw it’s potential. People have quit telling me I picked a poor location and even a lot of people have told us that they moved into the neighborhood because of us! 
Thank you Amy!

You can donate to help The Wormhole keep it’s live music going by donating to their campaign:

You can also donate the easy way, by stopping by the bar and giving Amy some cash, if you dont have paypal or a credit card.

Lastly, there is a party planned for their campaign,

you can get tickets by going to


SAT, MAY 30, 2015

DOORS: 12:00 PM / SHOW: 9:30 PM

$5.00 – $50.00

Lullwater in Savannah

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Christopher Horton 10363792_10205941617037115_9205961443205621886_n


That’s right. The powerful Lullwater is coming to Savannah this Friday.

Lullwater hails from Athens and is a sonic tour de force. It’s been a while since they have been here, and they have all kinds of new material in store for The Jinx. They will be sharing the stage with local guys BBXF, who also have a good amount of new stuff to being to the stage. You really don’t want to miss this show. Its going to be a rare night of serious rocking.

I had a chance to catch up with Joe, the drummer of Lullwater after the hectic St. Paddy’s day weekend.

I remember seeing the video for “Albatross” a while back and really digging it. Tell me a Little about Lullwater, and the newer tunes you have out. 

By Christopher Horton 10363792_10205941617037115_9205961443205621886_n


The Bomb Shelter has been the go-to place for house shows here lately. There’s been quite a buzz surrounding the place, and many touring bands have stopped through. But it has also been a great place for local bands to play to an all ages audience. Besides Coastal Rock Productions and their varied shows, and Sweet Melissa’s, there really aren’t very many options if you are under 21 and want to see a rock show. Ironically, that is usually the exact age group of people that you want at your shows if you are a band. Hopefully, that law will be changing soon. Because it’s dumb. Soon some places may be allowed to be 18 and up. But until then, we are forced to our own devices.

In the spirit of DIY attitude, it seems the Bomb Shelter is going to try their hands at something new: Record promotion. Still in the infantile (that means young. I’m smart.) stages, for sure. But i wanted to get the word out that this is happening, as I am pretty excited about it myself.

I had a talk with Danielle Leonard about her plans for the project. This is the first interview I have conducted that didnt require a bribe or blackmail. That must mean Im on the up and up….or Danielle is just really nice to strangers.

 The Bomb Shelter has become a staple of the Savannah music scene, what made you decide to take it to the next level with a record label?
A staple? Damn, I’m flattered that you would call it that! (Editors note: I’m flattered that YOU are flattered)
We’ve just been having
so much fun hosting shows and being active in the music scene, that we thought we could expand what we are doing and benefit bands in a different way. We are keeping it non-profit so that it stays about the bands, not the money.
I know you have an EP that is being released soon, what are your plans for releases in the near future?
I think the plan is to release the EP, then while promoting that we will be in the process of recording a full-length for the same band…we are kind of using them as our guinea pigs. Hopefully it proves to be a success and we can expand to more bands!
 Do you plan to keep the releases all local? Or maybe branch out into regional bands that frequent Savannah?
We are starting local and then maybe we will have bands from out of state, who knows!
In the future, you plan to have recording facilities to help the bands get their material out there. Can you tell me a little about that?
Well we don’t have a super fancy studio or anything, but Henry (label co-founder) is a sound major and will be recording the bands with his equipment. Hopefully we will release a full length that Henry will record for the band we are working with, Generation Pill, before this summer.
 Finally, if bands are interested in Bomb Shelter Records, how do they get in touch?

By Christopher Horton 10363792_10205941617037115_9205961443205621886_n


I met Dan Sweigert while i was working downtown. We worked in the same area, and became friends pretty fast. Mostly because he was the second weirdest guy working there (I was the first). Turns out, we had a lot in common, and ran the same social circles.

I’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with Dan and Pat on numerous different occasions and capacities over the years, and they are scary talented. Star Period Star often blends tense poly-rhythms with poppy melodies, but adds some heavier moments as well. They are Progressive to the core and while they have some improv jam moments, it never devolves into something self-serving and pretentious. They truly have an original sound for the Savannah area….and actually, maybe the planet. *Editors note: I did not consult with the whole planet, so don’t quote me on this.

Last year they released “Cant See the Forrest” on CD and digital download, with some older material as well as some new. I recommend my two favorite tracks :“Snares” and “A Means to an End”.

You can find it at:


This isn’t just trippy album artwork. This is literally an image pulled out of Dan’s head. He thinks in colors.

They are a real “musician’s band”, and a real joy to watch live. I got to catch up with Dan Sweigert , and ask him some questions about the band, the future, and a tour…

Star period Star has a unique prog-rock sound, who does most of the writing?
I’ve done most of the writing myself, but am starting to get the other band members involved in that process on the next album. There’s a lot of creativity in this band and people will get a taste of some of that on our tour this spring as we will be including a few minutes of improvised music in our sets.

You guys are going on tour! What’s some of the highlight dates and venues that you’re most excited about?
The whole thing started when we got the opening slot with the rock-in-opposition band Thinking Plague in Denver, CO. I’ve been listening to them for almost 20 years, so I’m pretty excited about that show. TP is a remarkably innovative band. We’ll also be returning to play my hometown of Chicago for the first time since 2001. This tour is shaping up very nicely as we are playing with a very diverse and talented group of bands including Origin of Animal, the Cell Phones, R6 Implant, the Pat Sajak Assassins, Ut Gret, Grackle, Hustle Souls, Dachshund, Thinking Plague, and Xebrula. 
 Some of your influences are pretty obvious, but what are some of the lesser known ones? Any guilty musical pleasures lurking around?
A big one for me is Cheer-Accident, and I really love Gentle Giant and 5uu’s. There’s really WAY too many to mention here. I also listen to a lot of music outside the prog-rock world like Cibelle, Idaho, Henry Threadgill, Sparklehorse, Konono #1, a bit of everything. Pat and Greg have more of a heavy-meets-jazzy background and they’re really into the whole John Zorn school of bands like Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3, etc. Corey (our drummer) loves Crimson, Battles, Don Cab, post-rock stuff. My personal guilty pleasure is I LOVE Kansas, but not the hits so much. I’m really into their live Two for the Show double album. They have a very unique sound combining beautifully orchestrated longer pieces combined with a serious helping of complex, heavy, and at times, bluesy riffage. 
* I have to admit, I love everything Kansas ever did. I don’t care what people think of me. Those guys could write a song, sing three part harmonies, and had killer guitar licks. If you don’t like Kansas, you’re not cool.
Do you have any recording plans for a follow-up to “Cant see the forest”?
Yes, we’re working on what might be a double album. The songs are all based on significant figures in American history: Ben Franklin, J Edgar Hoover, John Nash, Tesla, Edison, etc. The album opens with a tune called “Daylight Spending Time” and closes with “Twilight Savings Time” and those two songs kind of tie the whole thing together. I wonder if Ryan Graveface would be interested in releasing this album. It would be the first progressive rock album on his label, but I think it could make a really cool double album. I’m not saying I think the sound quality is better on vinyl, I think I just have a bit of a fetish for that format, the look and feel of it, with all the extra space for artwork.
* Personally, I hope there is a song about that time Tesla and Edison beat each other up in a gladiator style fight surrounded by lions whilst arguing over the specifics of electricity. I’m not sure if that’s actual history, or something I made up….but hey, reality is subjective right? 
That sounds crazy ambitious. But hey, Star Period Star are an ambitious band. If you have the chance to check them out live, DO IT.
You can check all of their tour dates, music news and media at:

By Christopher Horton10363792_10205941617037115_9205961443205621886_n



My delay pedal is dead. Dead, right in the middle of recording a solo. Useless. Impotent. Done. DEAD.

If you’re a musician, what do you do with broken shit? Do you do what I used to do, and just chuck it off an overpass somewhere? I mean, I know how to setup my guitar, and do general maintenance, but when something electrical is wrong…I’m lost. A lot of you are, I know, because I hear it all the time. They blame their gear, and say it’s shitty. That’s not the problem. It just needs some love.

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have their own personal guitar tech. We gig, we play, we fix what we can….

Here’s a little secret for you too most techs are like used car salesmen, you go in there with one thing in mind, and next thing you know you’ve gone wayyyyy over budget.

So what if you could have personalized service for your instruments at a fair price, by someone who isn’t going to bullshit you because they too, are a musician? A stand-up guy that wants your gear to sound as good as possible?

John at J&S Custom Guitarworks is just that guy. He is a literal wizard (No, not like Harry Potter. Read an adult book, weirdo.) with stringed instruments and electronics, loves to talk about guitar gear, and is a player himself. So he’s knows how frustrated you can be with an instrument. I caught up with him and got a great interview and some pictures of his personal collection of awesome stuff that I wish I had.

1. How did you get started in guitar repairs and modifications?

That’s a question i get asked quite often and never get tired of answering.
Ever since i heard the opening riff to “Whole Lotta Love” and discovered that music was my passion in life. I was instantly drawn to the sound of the electric guitar and I always enjoyed tinkering with things, figuring out how they work.
Growing up I never really had the money to repair my gear or get it properly setup so naturally i would tinker with it myself and read books and ask questions from a great local tech named Jon Willis. Soak in as much knowledge as i could.

Then after years of being in the world of an all original, independent, regional, semi-touring band (John was in Digital Disease, opening for Saliva and other big names) your funds become depleted rather quickly and i kind of became the tech for the entire band. As well as helping other bands out that may have been having technical and gear related troubles

So basically it was out of curiosity, necessity, lots of trial and error, and a genuine enjoyment of repairing modifying or customizing guitars and basses. I love the feeling i get when someone brings me an instrument they’re obviously not satisfied with and i turn it into something they never thought it could be and it inspires them to play more. That feeling never gets old

*Eidtors note: It’s too bad he cant do this with women. His wizardry is only for guitars.


John playing some licks on his personal #1 guitar, a Paul Reed Smith “Starla”.

2. Being an active guitar player allows you to experiment on your own gear, whats your biggest success story?

Hmmm…. this is a hard one.
I’ve done very complex pickup and wiring schemes and experimented with pretty much every single component and piece of hardware you can.
I’ve discovered MANY things in that process. But in the world of the gigging guitarist i would have to say my biggest success story is keeping things “meat and potatoes” if you will.
Im a regular gigging musician just like the bulk of my customers, so the biggest success story would be knowing what the player needs and doesnt need and giving them the piece of mind that everything is laid out and simple and knowing that the work is rock solid and something they can depend on night after night and know its not going to fail or let them down.

I’ve repaired and fixed many botched jobs done by other local and regional techs. So that’s a bit of a personal success to me knowing the pride and hard work i put into each customers instrument, be it a beginner guitar or a professional caliber instrument. They all get the same treatment when they come to me. Its the customers instrument and i strive to make each one 100% satisfied and inspired to play more

I’ve created and tinkered with EVERY single component and piece of hardware on guitars and have made and come across many discoveries and new findings and with that comes alot of knowledge to share with my customers to help achieve the ultimate goal and tone they’re looking for.  But at the root of it all, my biggest success story is seeing a customer leave satisfied with a new found love for their instrument and inspiration to play more and be more creative


Your eyes may literally burn from the sexiness of this picture.

3. Tell me about your customer service. Just how personal is it?

My customer service is something i take very seriously and pride myself on.
I dont let a customer leave with an instrument they’re not 100% completely satisfied with.
Customer service played a big part in me offering tech and mod services to the public.
I remember the few times i actually had the money to go get my guitar setup or a pickup installed, every time i had to fill out a form and they would take it to the tech area and just call me to come pay for it and pick it up.  I would never even get to meet or see the person that was actually going to be doing the work on my instrument and that’s the main person i personally would’ve preferred to talk with. I didn’t care to talk with the person behind the counter i wanted to talk with the tech that was going to be performing the work.  And on a few occasions i would go pick it up and want a small tweak made but most of the time the tech wasn’t available and i would just have to live with it until i gained the confidence to start making my own tweaks.

A basic rundown of my customer service is, you call and tell me what you need done. We schedule a one on one appointment. I check the instrument over, and have you play for me so i can see what type of physical player you are and what style of music you play. I have you play for me so i get a better and more accurate idea of what type of setup would suit your playing best. (On a serious note, you have no idea how important this is to getting the best out of your instrument)

We discuss the business aspect of it. You’re provided with my email and personal phone number so i can be reached at any time.  On the day of pickup you play the instrument and put it through its entire paces. While doing this i will make even the smallest of adjustments so you are nothing short of completely satisfied with you’re instrument.
There is no middle man. You’re in direct contact with me at all times and I’m the only one working on your instrument.   No middle man. Just the customer, and myself.

4. I hear you are moving to a better location. Where and when?

Correct. Its a new music and production facility called The Garage. Its located at Paulsen and 69th. I cant give a specific date at the moment but the move should be very soon!

5. While you’ve been doing plenty of guitar repair, I hear you also do quite a bit of work on pedals as well.

I do. It started out as a hobby, but as more and more people started finding out about it, it grew into its own little operation. Alot of my modified pedals are currently on many local players boards as well as a few in other states
A current signature bass preamp/distortion pedal is in the works in conjunction with my good friend and awesome local musician Jon Willis and a custom wah complete drop in kit that is a perfect drop in replacement for your current crybaby or wah with a similar housing.
Its voiced as my take of a classic organ era wah combined with the voice of the vintage maestro boomerang wahs. A hybrid of the both combined into.1 if you will.
There is a basic model and more and more options can be added. I.e. true bypass led status lights dual inductors different sweep caps on a toggle or rotary etc… sky is the limit

These builds are my own recipe and use many custom parts that i have to source. But as stated above, you are getting a custom complete drop in kit. The circuit board the wiring harness a custom spec’d and built pot and heavy duty 3PDT Bypass Switch


You can almost hear them through the picture.

6. Finally, your list of services gets more and more extensive. Do you mind listing what you can do for our fellow musicians?
The typical guitar tech things first off:
Fret levels and dressing
Pickup installations
Electronics replacements
Hardware installation
String nut installations
Custom wiring and electronics routing.
From the tiniest tweak to a complete overhaul

I offer pedal modification services as well!
The sheer amount of different pedals i can mod and what mods can be done to each one would be way to vast and extensive for you to write out but customers are always more than welcomed to give me a call text or email anytime if they want to inquire about something specific or just call to talk about music and gear in general!:)

* Editors note: I know for a fact that he has suped up some Boss pedals, and does a great job on Wah wah pedals. I got to play through a few of them at The Musician’s Institute!


John is currently located at 7041 Hodgson Memorial drive. Inside Savannah Musicians Institute
912 220 8924

Thanks for your time John! It’s been a real pleasure.

By Christopher Horton10363792_10205941617037115_9205961443205621886_n

I was going to spend the day outside, looking at the sky, drawing stick figures in lewd positions, and pondering how awesome I am. However, since the weather was 80 degrees yesterday, and 45 today, screw that. Might as well sit in front of the computer right?

Movers and Shakers are a Savannah band that span many genres, clearly just playing whatever the hell they want to play. I respect the shit out of that. With all the posturing and pretense that goes with fitting into a particular “scene” (you know who you are, you posers….do people still say poser?) it is delightfully refreshing to catch a band that just do what they do. And by the way, they do it really well. They mix blues, southern rock, funk, and you even get a dose of heavier moments, and even some progressive elements. So what makes them tick? I caught up with their singer, Jesse and got the low-down on this low-country gem.


*It doesn’t snow in Savannah, where the hell were you guys? I think this is photo shopped. You should’ve added a tiger too. Go big or go home, you know?

On to the interview!

Movers and Shakers has been at it for a while. Tell me about how you guys got together.

Technically we started jamming in a basement that was in bassist Mike Peaden’s and drummer Nicholaus Wilkerson’s old mansion on East Henry Street ( the Dirtmore Estate).  Chandler Woods (acoustic guitar/ vocals)  and myself ( Jesse Riner- electric guitar/ vocals) began to seriously write songs together around October of 2011.  We wrote a couple of songs between the two of us “Movers & Shakers” “Get Out” and “Wait.”  It didn’t take long to realize that we really wanted to have a killer rhythm section to add a real groove to our traditionally influenced yet completely original sound.  I guess the gods agreed with Chan and I and the first jam session (where I first met Nic) in that basement went to be one of the most natural and self-evolving experiences that basically sealed a bond between four grown ass men right then and there.  Everything, right up to this point and beyond, is just us working hard at every opportunity given to achieve our ultimate goal of getting folks dancing to good rocking music.

When people hear “Southern Rock” or “Roots Rock” they tend to have a formed opinion regarding that kind of sound. Personally, I think you break the mold and have a sound all your own. Where do you draw your inspiration?

Hey Thanks!!!  As a band we put almost all of our focus into our music ( which could explain a lot on the business side of things- we need a great manager!).  All of us are from the south and are proud of it, so that definitely translates into our sound.  It is true that when we say southern rock most people expect a Lynyrd Skynyrd sounding band, which to me is flattering- they were my first favorite band.  Movers & Shakers is far from it though.  Collectively we all do get down on southern classic rock, and the kick ass English rock bands like Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Who and Jethro Tull.  We all LOVE funk music as well!!  Individually we are a melting pot of musical preferences:  Mike is big into indie bands such as The Strokes, The Hives.  You can find groups like Brand New and Taking Back Sunday in Chandler’s playlists as well as Elliot Smith being one of his biggest influences.  Nic will blow your mind with the most prolific jams from the likes of Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa and crazy afro beat arrangements from guys that I would have to go to school for just to be able to pronounce some of their names.  Finally METAL is my (Jesse) favorite music other than classic rock and funk.  Pantera, early Lamb of God, and Burnt By The Sun, just to name a few.  It makes it all the more special that somehow we are always on the same page about a new song’s feel or direction when we write together.

Who would you say is the main songwriter in the group?

In the very beginning phases that title would have been held by Chandler and I.  That quickly changed the very first time we jammed.  The four of us immediately picked up on each other’s strengths and there is a strong energy between us.  The music has always come before the lyrics, not that we intentionally work that way, but it makes for a real fun song writing process.  We feed off each other and we like to give each other something to eat as well haha.  A song can start from anything from a little bass lick or a drum beat, then we all come up with a part that we think will compliment the groove.  Then, we jam on it for half a year before one of us finally sits down and writes some lyrics, and BAM, new song lol.

I understand that you just auditioned for America’s Got Talent. What was that experience like?

Man, the trip from Atlanta to LA, living in a van with my brothers was the best time of my life.  My poor ass got to see so much of the country that I didn’t know if I would ever see.  We are working hard to keep getting on the road.  The audition itself was so much cooler than we thought it was going to be.  We got to really loosen up our waiting room and we had all the potential contestants jamming and singing with us, which really helped the vibe, everyone was so understandably quiet and nervous.  It was great for everyone to warm up their vocal cords and have a great audition.  As far as our audition went, we nailed what we were supposed to do and are extremely hoping for that call back for the next round of auditions.  Should know something in the next two weeks or so.  FINGERS CROSSED!!!!

*Editors note: Personally I want them to get on TV. That way, I can plan to be hanging out in a bar somewhere and be like ” Hey, I know those guys, they are my best friends on the world! Isn’t that cool? AINT I COOL? LIKE ME.” i am sad and i have no friends. :(

What do you think about the ever changing Savannah music scene?

That’s a touchy question (which is kinda my answer within itself)  I feel we are amidst/ upon a resurgence, though others think Savannah’s music scene is just fine where as others think it is dead.  Personally I see a lot of soul driven individuals working hard to support our scene and I am very hopeful that we are heading in the proper direction.  There is still tension between venue and act in many cases usually over money, but we all just need to keep working hard on organization and unifying entertainment to be more easily solicited and promoted.  There is a lot of music in Savannah, but a lot of it, including our own band, is somewhat suppressed when it seems everyone is scraping real hard for quality gigs.  I would like to see bands reaching out to other bands more and venues being a bit more bold and letting us show just how many people we can pack into a place without having to play 4 hours of covers.  It is getting better though, and the more we reach out and band together, the faster the process will be, in my humble opinion anyway.

Thank you again for this interview, Chris!  It’s great to be in the company of folks who actively support our scene and works hard to make it better!

You’re quite welcome Jesse. However, understand that I am just exploiting you and other bands to gain popularity on my blog. Before music, I wrote articles about training cats to use the toilet. This is a step up, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be famous….

Speaking of being famous, do you guys have any shows lined up?

If any of y’all are in or around Macon, come on out to the Hummingbird for their Big Bird Battle this Saturday.

We will also be in Brunswick for the Second Sunday C. Mo’s Kids empowering kids charity event.

We will be in Savannah on March 14th for the Wingmen Motorcycle Club’s St. Paddy’s Throwdown

And finally,  B&D Burgers on Congress (outside show) March 27th.

Awesome! Thanks for the interview Jesse, and I look forward to catching another one of your live shows soon!