Savannah Stopover preview #4: The Drenched Earth Tour

This is the fourth in occasional posts previewing acts slated for the Savannah Stopover festival March 9-12, 2011. The detailed schedule has not yet been released, but The Drenched Earth Tour appears booked to perform on Friday, March 11th, at The Sentient Bean. Check out previous posts about Astronautalis, Little Tybee, and Class Actress.

The Sentient Bean is one of the all-ages venues for the Savannah Stopover — and the coffeeshop seems like a perfect fit for The Drenched Earth Tour‘s subtle, skilled musicianship.

The Drenched Earth Tour brings together two acts based in Ohio: Chris Castle and The Womack Family Band.

Castle is an impressive singer-songwriter, who reminds me in some moments of Lyle Lovett. Check out the purity of his playing and singing in “Bad As I Been to You”:

And here’s Castle a little more uptempo with “Both Ends of a Gun”:

Castle encouraged the young members of The Womack Family Band to record their self-titled first album. There’s a great profile of the group here in Cleveland Magazine. The article notes: “The group’s sound is a deft mix of American roots, folk and rock influences, and everyone does a little bit of everything, from writing songs to singing lead to playing the dozens of instruments that appear on the band’s self-titled debut album.”

Check out The Womack Family Band performing “Rhythm of Love”:

And here’s “Fight for Something”:

If you want to hear Castle and The Womack Family Band together, check out this sort-of-amusing interview and clip with an ABC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky (the song starts at about the 2 minute mark):

This could really be a special night for Savannah’s many lovers of Americana roots music.