A Bit About Our Club

We have among us people who have been performing professionally and semi-professionally for many years, people who have never been in front of an audience, and every variation in between.  Some of our members have many albums to their name, and some have never set foot in a studio. 

Some of our members have sold songs to famous artists.  Some play multiple instruments, and some don’t.  We have singers and non-singers.  Some of us focus on melody and harmony, and some on lyrics.  Our group includes younger folks, and more “experienced” folks. Our musical styles and influences include folk, Americana, blues, rock, jazz, zydeco, pop, country, bluegrass.

OUR MISSION

The SVSA exists to support each member in their efforts to be better songwriters, so that they can write better songs, which is good for everyone.

Pyramid: Songwriters --> Words & Music --> Songs --> World

OUR METHOD

We meet in person every 4th Wednesday of the month in the L.L. Rice room of the Jefferson Center, in Roanoke.  Doors open at 7:00. The meeting starts at 7:30.

If you are a member, you will get notification of this meeting via our Google group.  If you are interested in visiting us, tell an SVSA member or hit the “Contact Us” button on this site, and we’ll send you an invitation.

The meeting generally starts with a brief summary of club business, then sometimes some sort of short workshop or presentation, and then we get down to the business of critique-ing songs. Members submit recordings of their songs, including lyric sheets.  There is a short setup, then the recording is played (or sometimes the song is performed live), and then members comment, and write other comments on the lyric sheets.

Members are coached to be honest, thoughtful, gentle and supportive, and you are virtually guaranteed that your song will come out better on the other end, if you’re open to the idea.

OUR LEADERS

CHARLIE DIVERS
CHARLIE DIVERSPresident
Charlie has been with the SVSA longer than almost anyone else. He’s been a consistent contributor to songwriting feedback sessions — both giving and receiving. Charlie writes mostly in a marketable, country style.
DAN HILDEBRAND
DAN HILDEBRANDVice President
An “award winning” Singer/songwriter and a longtime performer in many venues in his home state of Wisconsin.
Dan is very well known as a singer of rowdy Irish Pub Songs in the “Hardbean & McHonzik” band.
Dan is the creator of the
“Dan & Adonna show” with Adonna Lemon The show airs on Facebook Live every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm ET.
DAVID SIMPKINS
DAVID SIMPKINSNewsletter Editor
David Simpkins, an SVSA member since 2002, is a veteran performing songwriter. He has played in southwest Virginia (and the region). He performs mostly originals and appears solo as well as with his backing vocal group, the KGB. He is a past president and past secretary of the SVSA and is the current editor/designer of the SVSA Music News newsletter.
LARRY HELMS
LARRY HELMSBoard Member
Larry is a long-time SVSA member and doesn’t tend to waste his time with things like member profiles.
GREG TRAFIDLO
GREG TRAFIDLOBoard Member
Greg is one of the SVSA’s original members, and continues to share his experience, wisdom, and humor. His bio includes a who’s-who list of folk and bluegrass royalty, and he has many CDs to his name, both as a solo artist and with his long-standing group, Trifolkal.

For a more in-depth breakdown of Greg’s travels, see his “Bio” page: https://gregtrafidlo.com/bio

BOB SCHMUCKER
BOB SCHMUCKERThird Street Coffeehouse Liaison
Bob Schmucker grew up in Joliet IL, forsaking the hard rock favored by his buddies for the folkies playing in the coffeehouses and bars of Old Town Chicago. When he left college, music took a back seat to family and career goals and he sold two valuable guitars to make a down payment on his first house (“That was a really dumb move.”). 40 years later, he is back writing and playing songs, involved with SVSA and 3rd Street Coffeehouse as board member / volunteer and participates regularly in open mics around the area.

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WE’VE ALL GOT A SONG INSIDE US. WE’D LIKE TO HEAR YOURS.