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First Friday for Folk Music

  • First Presbyterian Church 520 Washington Avenue Savannah, GA, 31405 United States (map)

Monty Parks and Charlie Sherrill will bring a bit of Tybee Island to First Friday. By day Monty Parks is a council person for the City of Tybee; but by night you’ll find Monty playing his guitar and singing at various venues on Tybee Island entertaining local and tourists alike. Monty hosts Tuesday Night Acoustic Jam at Doc’s Bar where he oversees fifty other musicians as they play, entertain, and joyfully share their talents with him on stage.

Charlie Sherrill is talented saxophone and flute player currently from Naples, FL but you may remember him from Doc’s Bar where his one man band performed for years. Charlie is a native of Roanoke, VA and he attended Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. 

These two talented musicians team up to bring Tybee Island fun - playing old songs with new rhythms and arrangements. 


The Massey Boys formed in September 1983, when Skip Jennings (guitar and vocals) and Ward Abel (guitar, slide guitar and vocals) were in their first year of law school at Mercer University. They met while living in an apartment building called The Massee (pronounced Massey), hence the name. Jerry Stenger (guitar, mandolin, percussion and vocals) – later joined Jennings and Abel. The Massey Boys have been described as having “an extremely casual, rollicking style which incorporates Delta blues, the groove of early rock & roll, and hints of light jazz fusion.” (Connect Savannah). Reviewing the Massey Boys’ performance at the 2003 Roundhouse

 Blues & BBQ Festival, blues magazine King Biscuit Time said that their music “showed Southern style and grace.”

In addition to practicing law and other activities, Ward Abel has enjoyed a recording career as a solo artist. He has released two albums under the name of Max Abel: Culture By Force (1988) and 

First Presbyterian Church • 520 Washington Avenue • Savannah, GA
Somebody Spent Their Whole Life There (1989). Abel also performs with guitarist Steve Rawls, keyboardist Sloan Hayes in the Atlanta area.