EVERY Friday for years, The Jinx has offered strong songwriting alongside strong (and cheap!) drinks during their 6-8 p.m. happy hour. Tony "Whiskey Dick" Beasley handled the shift solo for years. With the birth of a daughter, singer-songwriter and Jinx doorman A.M. Rodriguez has taken the reigns, dishing out original country tunes characterized by fingerpicking and gravely vocals with a Texas lilt.
Rodriguez got his start at happy hour by accompanying Beasley on guitar.
“It pushed me a lot,” he remembers.
Over the past few months, he’s called upon fellow songwriters in the scene to kick off the weekly tradition. Matt Eckstine, Craig Tanner, Britt Scott, Phillip Wise, and more have shared songs and a few stories as patrons enjoy buy one, get one for a dollar beers and cocktails.
Now, Rodriguez is taking happy hour to a new level, inviting three of Savannah’s top singer-songwriters to come play in the round and accompany one another. With Jason Bible of The Train Wrecks, Matt Eckstine of The Accomplices, Pat Bunger, and Rodriguez himself onstage, it’ll be a wonderful way to wind down after a busy work week.
A whole set of solo songwriters is rare at The Jinx; Rodriguez looks forward to diversifying the venue and creating a relaxed environment that focuses on the music.
“I want people to be able to hear good songwriting on a good stage,” he shares.
After recording with Bible in the producer’s chair, Rodriguez has a split and an EP due out in fall. Bible recently released a solo album of his own and is tracking songs for Bunger, as well.
Rodriguez hopes to make the celebration of Savannah songwriting a quarterly event; stay tuned for more information.
Friday, April 29, 6 p.m., free