The Savannah Leigh Band at The Railway ClubPhotos by Alex Ramon
I get asked all the time to come out and review shows, but sometimes for one reason or another, I’m not able to make it out and I always feel awful every time I have to turn someone away. It’s not that I don’t want to come out, trust me I would if I could, but there are only 24 hours in a day for me to get all my work done (I guess I could stop bathing, but somehow I don’t think that extra 15 minutes is worth it). If I didn’t have to sleep, I think I would accomplish a lot (possibly even find a cure for cancer…), but considering my comfy queen size bed calls my name every night, I can’t deny her my soft luscious body (sorry cancer, you’ll just have to wait). So to all those bands I’ve said “next time” to, I really do mean it. If the lovely Savannah Leigh didn’t email me about her shows, I would’ve never had the wonderful opportunity to meet such an amazing musician. You see, persistence does pay off because the first time she asked me to come out, I wasn’t able to because of something I can’t even remember now. The next time she asked, I had a scheduling conflict, but finally the third time was a charm and I booked her into my calendar with a big smile on my face.
The band is comprised of Savannah Leigh Wellman (Vocals, Guitar, Keys), Diego Zaragoza (Guitar, Vocals), Craig McCaul (Guitar), Adam Jones (Acoustic Bass), and Brendan Krieg (Drums). And even though the band name is based off Savannah, it’s a little misleading because each member is showcased and provides the musicality that makes this band special. Throughout their set at The Railway Club, I was captivated by Craig’s effortless guitar solos as well as Diego’s and Savannah’s ability to compose memorable harmonies. Overall, the band was solid and performed like seasoned professionals.
I really enjoyed the up-beat alternative country folk tune “City of Grey,” a track that is reminiscent of Canadian superstar Kathleen Edwards (I’m not completely sure, but I think she’s singing about the rainy Vancouver lifestyle). Each line was memorable, and I could tell that Savannah put a lot of thought and effort into these lyrics, as well as every other song in her repertoire. It was quick and quirky, and when she sang the line “If I had my way I’d sleep till noon” I could tell she and I have a similar love for our beds. Aside from her sweet and tender, yet powerful voice, I was captivated by her elaborate peacock quill tattoo on her left bicep. With a rock star image just peaking out (pun intended), and her radio friendly tracks blossoming, she will no doubt grace the airwaves in the coming years.