Savannah Stopover preview #7: Sanders Bohlke

This is the seventh in occasional posts previewing acts slated for the Savannah Stopover festival March 9-12, 2011. Check out previous posts about Astronautalis; Little Tybee; Class Actress; The Drenched Earth Tour; Murder By Death, Fake Problems, and Buried Beds; and Sims.

The Savannah Stopover festival is going to feature some great shows at key venues in the downtown area — some of those will be crowded, loud, and fun. But the Stopover is also showcasing some performers with quieter sounds at quiet venues early in the evening for all ages shows at places like The Sentient Bean and SCAD’s Pei Ling Chan Gallery.

One of the acts I’m particularly looking forward to is Sanders Bohlke, a Mississippi native with a dreamy voice and soulful lyrics. The music mixes qualities of folk and pop and blues with some lovely orchestrations, but no description of the sound would capture the overall effect of Bohlke’s sound. The songs I’ve heard each seem to hit a specific emotional note — and to do so beautifully, with nuance. Maybe it’s that quality that has caught the attention of producers who need just the right song for a moment of video.

A few of Bohlke’s songs have made their way to television: “16 and Pregnant,” “Vampire Diaries,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Here’s a quick sampling from YouTube (btw, none of these are official music videos so I’m not sure if they are posted within clear copyright guidelines, but they collectively have tens of thousands of plays, indicating Bohlke must not object to their dissemination):

“The Weight of Us”:

“Til My Days Are Through”:

“I’m Gonna Make It”:

Bohlke’s “Search and Destroy” is the background for this trailer for the upcoming film Falling Overnight:

For more about Bohlke and his work, check out the profile and interview at There Goes The Fear.

Sanders Bohlke will be playing twice during the Stopover: 8p.m., Thursday, March 10th at Pei Ling Chan and 8 p.m., Saturday, March 12th at The Sentient Bean. I’m planning to hit the first of those shows before heading off to a raucous night of music at The Wormhole.