“First Friday” Start the Fireworks with David Leinweber & Johnny Roquemore

The 151st “First Friday for Folk Music,” Savannah’s monthly showcase of local and touring folk musicians, will feature two great flatpicking out-of-towners a local Savannah favorite who finger picks the blues as well as anyone. David Leinweber and Johnny Roquemore make an encore visit to Savannah and Michael Maddox returns the FFFFM stage. The show begins at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church at 520 Washington Avenue.

Good friend and fellow flatpicker Johnny Roquemore joins David Leinweber for the second time at First Friday for a burst of energy and some fancy guitar work. When Johnny and David both fire up their Martin D-28s as a duo, good-times and good-picking are sure to follow.

David Leinweber has played in a wide variety of venues and musical styles, ranging from rock, to blues, to folk, to gospel. He has been featured as the “Flatpicking Professor”( Dr. Leinweber teaches at Emory at Oxford) at the Scottish Bluegrass Association Festival in Perth, Scotland and has also performed widely at regional acoustic music festivals in the South.

He has shared the stage with many fine musicians. His influences include Dylan, Neil Young, The Dead, Clapton, Norman Blake and Doc Watson.

Leinweber has taught piano and guitar for 25 years. He has extensive experience as a studio musician, as a songwriter, and as an arranger. In addition to his solo efforts, he has performed on many records, demos, and CDs by other artists. His music has been featured on radio and in many concerts throughout the Atlanta area.

Johnny Roquemore is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter and not in any particular order. At an early age he headed for Hollywood. After hitch hiking across the country Johnny found himself in Los Angeles waiting tables, acting and singing on the side. Upon meeting a fellow folk/bluegrass musician (a rarity) they began to be regulars at all of the festivals and pubs in the Hollywood/Malibu area. 30 years were spent living and playing in California before moving back to Mansfield, Ga. to begin working the family farm. Since that time Johnny has earned Atlanta’s Creative Loafing Magazine’s critic’s choice for “Best Local Singer/Songwriter”, Georgia Music Magazine’s “The 25 Local Albums For 2005” and the Georgia Music Industry Association’s “Best of Country” award. His 18th album titled “The Spaceman and the Hick” was issued in November 2008. Johnny brings awkward sensibilities to bear on straining the limits of Folk and Bluegrass Music. His songs contain good music and intelligent lyrics.

Savannah’s own Michael Maddox will again be performing his sensational finger style blues guitar and singing from his vast repertoire of songs. Michael was one of First Friday’s regulars almost thirteen years ago. A hand problem kept him off the stage for a number of years, but his triumphant return was marked by opening for legend John Hammond.

“First Friday for Folk Music” is a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society and is held the first Friday of each month at First Presbyterian Church at 520 East Washington Avenue in Savannah. Its from 7:30 to 10:30 PM and is smoke-free, alcohol-free and familyfriendly. There is a recommended donation of $2 per person. Beverages and homemade fresh baked goods are available for purchase at nominal prices.

For further information, call Hank Weisman at 912- 786-6953.

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