Singer-songwriter CC Witt of country band Lyn Avenue is interviewed about her influences, love for country music, thoughts on the local music scene, and much more.
What first got you into music?
Well, I have been around music my entire life. A lot of my family sings. There was a piano in the house and any time the family would get together, someone would start playing and we’d all listen or sing along. I always wanted to sing and knew I needed to learn to play an instrument. I was 13. I remember one afternoon, I went and pulled out my dad’s guitar from the case and messed with it long enough to figure out how to play one piece of a song on one string. I haven’t put the guitar down since!
Who are some of your influences?
Growing up, I heard a lot of 60’s and 70’s country, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Roger Miller, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. So those artists definitely played a big role in the musician I am today. Nowadays, I’m always looking for new influences across genres to push me musically and vocally.
What draws you to your preferred genre?
The stories. Country music is always about the story. So when I started writing, it was what happened naturally for me. I grew up on it. My heart will always have a special place for that.
Do you have any personal favorite songs you’ve written, and why?
My songs are special to me because they tell a story about a small piece of my life that I get to share with people, and they get to relate to it in their own way. But If I had to pick a favorite, It would be “Silver Lining” off of Lyn Avenue’s last record. Lyrically I felt pretty proud of that one.
Eventually, I met more and more musicians who graciously gave me a chance, letting me sit in and play on their breaks, until I got the confidence and enough material to play three hour sets around town
What’s your favorite key to play in, and why?
This is a funny question to me because my band will all tell you I pick difficult keys to play in and they all give me a hard time for it. Haha. I most commonly play in B flat.
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How did you get your start in the Savannah music scene?
I got my start when I was about 16 playing open mic nights at a place called The Metro. Which is now known as Rancho Alegre. Then I moved to the basements of Savannah with the band. As a band, we started playing pop/rock. Performing in lineups with punk and screamo bands in the Sweet Melissa’s basement. Then we graduated to Taco Abajo (which is now Ordinary Pub) playing there on Wednesday nights. Eventually, I met more and more musicians who graciously gave me a chance, letting me sit in and play on their breaks, until I got the confidence and enough material to play three hour sets around town.
Name a Savannah artist you’d love to collaborate with, and why?
There are so many talented musicians in Savannah. I have gotten a chance to work with many of them. But would love a chance to collaborate with Jon Lee. He has such an amazing voice and style.
Driftaway Cafe was one of my first real gigs. So they’ll always be special to me. I love playing on the porch there, it is like a mini listening room
Your thoughts on the Savannah music scene …
Savannah is a tourist town and with that, comes a lot of “cover song” gigs. It’s good money for sure, but we lack more clubs and dives where original music is encouraged. We have over the last few years gotten some amazing bigger venues, like Victory North and now District Live.
But smaller, more comfortable capacity places like The Jinx, where up and coming touring acts would come through, and bands could put together bills to play all original shows, is hard to come by anymore. I miss having that here.
What are some of your favorite local places to play?
Barrelhouse is probably one of my favorites because we get to be a little loose, loud and rowdy!
Driftaway Cafe was one of my first real gigs. So they’ll always be special to me. I love playing on the porch there, it is like a mini listening room.
Plant Riverside has been really good to Lyn Avenue since the pandemic. We have been playing there almost once a month since their opening weekend and that really sustained us during the difficult months.
What’s next for you?
I have been writing and demoing a lot of new material that I am really excited about and can’t wait to share! Many good things to come!!