Cc Witt has fronted the Savannah-based country band Lyn Avenue since 2010, and now the still-young singer songwriter has released a solo EP, Down Memory Lane, which is available for purchase as a download or a signed CD via Bandcamp. (The record’s cover photo is by regular hissing lawns contributor Jon Waits.)
I’m really impressed by the quality construction of Witt’s pop-country songs and by her warm, charismatic stage presence. If you want to catch her next gig, you might want to follow on Facebook.
We sent a few questions Witt’s way. Here’s our quick q+a:
hl: So you’ve got the work with Lyn Avenue and this new release of your own. What’s the relationship between the two projects?
CC Witt: Well I’ve been playing in a band the entirety of my musical career and just performing as a solo artist on the side. I definitely put all my energy into Lyn Avenue. Our lead guitarist, Patrick Ellington and myself write all of Lyn Avenue’s songs. But there were a lot of songs that I had written over the years that were either too personal or just not a good fit for the band that I always wanted to get recorded. So I finally did. This EP has been kind of a self-discovery project in finding myself as a solo artist and defining my sound … standing on my own two feet.
hl: How did you first get into music?
CC Witt: Well, a lot of my family sings. My aunt, Nancy Witt, is a local singer-songwriter and amazing pianist here in Savannah. My father sings, plays guitar, drums and piano. So I always really loved music. But it wasn’t until I turned 13 that I picked up my dads old guitar and since then, there’s been no looking back.
You’ve played some high-profile solo gigs lately — at the singer-songwriter showcase at Trinity, at Stopover, etc. Have those experiences taught you anything?
CC Witt: Yes, definitely. I’m new to doing real shows as a solo artist, performing my original songs so it’s a little bit of a learning curve. But I think its definitely important to my growth as a musician.
hl: Songs like “Little Big City Town” seem like they could be very popular to me — I could totally imagine hearing that song on country radio stations. What’s your plan to get the music out there into the world and get more people paying attention?
CC Witt: Well, I/we have been booking more shows out of town –- in Athens, Augusta, Macon, etc. — and I feel like that will definitely help to spread my music and extend our reach. I also plan on trying to get my songs published, and doing more songwriter showcases.
hl: You obviously love Savannah — at least it seems so from the songs — but could you see yourself heading to Nashville?
CC Witt: I love Savannah. I was born and raised here. “Little Big City Town” was my tribute to my experiences and the people here. But Nashville? Absolutely. That’s the plan. It’s only a matter of time before I get there.