Songs of place were the songs of choice Saturday as four acclaimed guitarists teamed up for a show at the Ships of the Sea North Garden in Savannah.
The place was the South — from west Tennessee to New Orleans to LaFayette to Jacksonville — home to JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard and Luther Dickinson.
Each artist took turns playing acoustic songs, occasionally playing together on harmonies and swapping stories on stage for a standing-room-only crowd.
Broussard, the originator of "Bayou Soul" music, spoke about the incredible food in Lafayette, La., where he lives. Swamp rocker JJ Grey told tales about his family in Jacksonville, Fla. Singer/songwriter Osborne talked about how New Orleans inspired his music, and Dickinson, the lead guitarist for North Mississippi Allstars and former lead guitarist for The Black Crowes, shared some recollections of his antics in Memphis.
There was talk of pecan trees, hurricanes, biscuits, and grannies with pistols in their purses, peppered with a heaping helping of "y'alls" "ain'ts" and "all get outs."
When the musicians weren't talking and ribbing each other, they were playing soulful music, sowed directly from their Southern roots. It was a blend of husky baritones and whiskey-soaked vocals and a genre mix of blues, gospel and rock 'n' roll.
It was all very slow and smooth, just like the South.