Sawyer Brown-Little Texas
Boone Hall Plantation - Saturday August 10, 2013
Gates Open 6PM - Show Starts At 7PM
Beer, Wine, Other Beverages, and A Variety Of Food Options
Available For Purchase.
No coolers, pets, outside food or beverages allowed.
SAWYER BROWN - In Concert At Boone Hall Plantation
Multiple Platinum and Gold Album Recording Artists
Top Hits Include: "Some Girls Do" "The Dirt Road" "The Wall"
"Thank God For You" "Step That Step" "Drive Me Wild"
“There were five of us thinking that we can
This is the life and times of a travelin’ band…”
Those words end the first verse of the title track to Sawyer Brown’s new CD “Travelin’ Band.” The life and times of a traveling band—if ever there were a band who is well qualified to paint a picture of what it means to be a travelin’ band, it’s Sawyer Brown. Founded in 1981, Sawyer Brown celebrates overs 30 years in the business, having played more than 4000 shows over the course of those years, logging mileage well into the seven figures. And as the band clearly shows in its new CD, the wheels are still turning and an ever-open road stretches out ahead.
“We are just who we are—period,” says lead singer Mark Miller when asked for some of the secrets to the band’s longevity. “From the beginning, we didn’t want to sell ourselves as something we weren’t. We’re blue collar, working class guys from the neighborhood who just happen to get up on stage at night and make music.” He then adds with a laugh, “OK, guys from the neighborhood who made some questionable clothing choices in the 80s—but it was the 80s, after all.”
From the looks of the band’s three-decade and still going career, they seem to be guys from everybody’s neighborhood. Keyboard player Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard adds, “It’s always humbling when someone comes up after a show and tells us that they hear themselves or their family in our music. I hope that they can look up there on stage and see themselves—because we can sure look out at them and see ourselves. Every day we’re on the road, one of the best parts of the day is walking around whatever town we’re playing in and just soaking it in—listening to folks talking in restaurants, just watching life unfold like it always does—one story at a time.
One story at a time—that is certainly the way that the life and times of this travelin’ band unfolds. “What we try to do—what we’ve always tried to do, I think—is capture those moments that matter, and capture them in a song,” Miller says. “It seems to me that it’s really the small moments in life that are the big ones, anyway.”
And capture those moments the band has. From the tentative moments of transition that underscore Miller’s evocative ballad “The Walk” to the moment that a guy realizes he just might have found the right girl in the band’s energetic signature song “Some Girls Do,” the band consistently manages to bring to life those moments that all to often slip by unnoticed—unnoticed, that is, until a song sings our life back to us.“We go with our gut when it comes to our music,” Miller goes on to say. “It’s what we’ve relied on since day one." Even if I can’t define it—and I’m not even sure I want to define what that ‘it’ is—we know when a song feels right for us. And if it doesn’t feel right for us, we don’t want to sing it.”
Clearly that musical instinct that has guided them from the beginning is right on the money. The band has gold and platinum albums, with an impressive discography that includes dozens of hits, among them “Some Girls Do,” “The Dirt Road,” “The Walk,” “Thank God for You,” “The Boys and Me,” “Step That Step,” and “Drive Me Wild.” And it’s worth noting that all of those titles just mentioned were written or co-written by Miller.
And it really does all come down to those people in the audience for this band. As Mark Miller humbly says, “We’re all this together—all of us. Just like the line in ‘Travelin’ Band” says, “Now I want to take this time to thank you”—I wanted our fans to hear a thank-you coming straight from me.” Known for their high-energy, no holds barred approach to the concert stage, the band continues to fill venues across the country with the same enthusiasm they have had from day one. Says drummer Joe Smyth “Playing live is still about the same thing it’s always been about: connecting to the audience right there in the moment.”
Sawyer Brown is about connection. In fact, it’s likely safe to say that connection continues to be the driving force of the band. As note connects to note, as singer connects to listener, as each mile of road connects to the one that follows it, the band senses—and forges—those connections every time they record and every time they hit the stage. “I’m a real believer that things happen for a reason—that they unfold the way they do because there’s Someone bigger than us driving this bus,” Miller says. “We know we still have a lot of miles in us. We’ve got our bags packed, got our gear ready, and we’ve got plenty to sing about. We want to see where the trip takes us next.”